When the holidays come around, many people start to do more entertaining than usual. When problems arise in the kitchen, it is easy to pick up the phone and call your mom, mother in law, grandmother, father, or any other member of your family who can cook to give you some last minute advice. But it’s good to have a backup plan in place if family can’t help you out – or if you’re simply too embarrassed to ask! One solution is to browse through your favorite food blog for holiday tips. A better solution if you don’t have a specific question in mind is to call a holiday hotline to take to a live person. There are two big ones that should be pretty helpful: the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line and the Crisco Pie Hotline.
The turkey hotline is staffed with turkey-cooking experts who can help you on everything from brining time to roasting temperature. The number is 1-800-BUTTERBALL. They staff more than 50 experts who have made more turkeys than most of us will ever see. You can also find tips on their website, or check out the version of their website for mobile devices and you can text the word “TURKEY” to 36888 for tips and reminders.
The Crisco Pie hotline is designed to help you out with pie crust and pie making. The number is 1-877-FOR-PIE-TIPS (1-877-367-7438). Unlike the turkey hotline, which is only available in November and December, it is actually available year-round, but as Thanksgiving approaches and pie season kicks into higher gear, they extend the hours: Nov 16 – Nov 25: Monday – Friday (8 – 8 EST) and Dec 14 – Dec 23: Monday – Friday (8 – 8 EST). During the year, they are open Monday – Friday (9 – 7 EST).