Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions during holiday preparation times. Here are some of them:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline: (800) 535-4555.
Food safety specialists answer calls about meat and poultry preparation and cooking questions,
year-round Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day. Recorded information
is available 24 hours a day at the same number.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: (800) 323-4848.
Home economists and nutritionists answer holiday cooks' questions, in both English and Spanish,
for callers in the United States and Canada. 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Wednesday; 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
weekdays Friday through Dec. 22. Automated assistance is provided after hours.
Hearing- and speech-impaired assistance (800) TDD-3848.
On the Internet: www.butterball.com.
Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: (800) 255-7227.
Turkey-cooking questions are answered and information given by live operators 24 hours a day through Nov. 27.
After that date, Helpline is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours automated service
is available. Free brochures and recipes are offered.
Web site: www.fosterfarms.com.
Land O'Lakes Holiday Bakeline: (800) 782-9606.
Baking specialists are available for questions or suggestions 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24.
Free recipe leaflet for all callers.
On the Internet: www.landolakes.com.
Dial-A-Chef Holiday Hotline: (888) 723-4468.
Provided by Shady Brook Farms, a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week, automated culinary guidance and recipe service offered by famous chefs and winemakers, through Jan. 1. Available in Spanish. Web site: www.dialachef.com.
Empire Kosher poultry customer hot line: (800) 367-4734.
Help is offered by consumer-affairs representatives year-round 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to noon Friday. Program offers recipes, newsletter, video, tips on defrosting and cooking poultry. Closed Jewish and secular holidays, including Thanksgiving. On the Internet: www.empirekosher.com.
Ocean Spray consumer help line (800) 662-3263.
Year-round 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, including Thanksgiving Day (closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day and other major holidays). Consumer department staff field questions on cranberries, offer recipes, cooking tips, nutritional information, menu-planning worksheets, product information. On the Internet: www.oceanspray.com.
Reynolds Turkey Tips Line (800) 745-4000.
A year-round 24-hour automated hot line; through Dec. 31 offers advice on turkey defrosting, preparation and cooking options, free brochure and recipes. Year-round Web site: www.reynoldskitchens.com.
Fresh Poultry Hotline: (888) 822-4004. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shady Brook Farms (Harrisonburg, VA): Dial-a-Chef Holiday Hotline (888) 723-4468.
Recorded advice, recipes for turkey, side dishes and leftovers; 24 hours a day through December
Campbell's Hotline: (888) 453-3868 or (888) 4-LEFTOV(ER).
Recorded recipes that also may be faxed. Operating through December 31, 24 hours a day. Also Campbell Soup Holiday Leftover Hotline: Same phone numbers. Staff answers questions and provides ideas for leftovers. November 26, 5 a.m.-5 p.m.
Web site: http://www.campbellsoup.com/
California Poultry Association
Cook's Illustrated magazine     The site features detailed guidance and recipes, for preparing turkey and all the trimmings, including apple and pumpkin pies, with bright step-by-step visuals.
Diestel Family Turkey Ranch   Range Grown Turkeys and Turkey Products
Epicurious.com   Features recipes and tips from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines.
Melinda Lee's site   (KFI 640 in Southern Calif)
McCormic.com   Includes a Holiday Entertaining Guide.
The National Turkey Federation   Web site has a Thanksgiving cooking tips page, with specific recipes and advice, among its year-round general information.
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