Many big food companies have holiday food and recipe hotlines staffed with experienced Home Economists for instant, personalized help during the holidays. Print out this list and tape it inside your pantry door for quick reference.
Holiday Food and Recipe Hotlines
Kentucky Legend Ham Hotline: 1-866-343-5058
The first-ever ham holiday hotline is supported by Specialty Foods Group. They are open Christmas Eve until 7 PM and Christmas Day from 9 AM to 6 PM (all times Eastern). If you have a question about ham, these are the people to call! Submit questions in writing and get more information here.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-BUTTERBALL
The Turkey Talk-Line from the folks at Butterball is a great place for answers to turkey questions. The line is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM CST from now until December 21. And the best part of all: it's open Thanksgiving day, starting at 6 AM CST!! TDD line: 1-800-TDD-3848. Bilingual help is available. Online help in Spanish and English.
Honeysuckle White Help Line:1-800-810-6325
This line offers pre-recorded answers to lots of your turkey preparation questions. Online help and leftover recipes.
Perdue Farms: 1-800-473-7383
Find out about roasting, carving, stuffing, gravy and turkey leftovers. Online help.
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854
If you have questions about food safety, including storage, handling and preparation of the Thanksgiving turkey, call the USDA hotline weekdays from 9 AM to 3 PM CST. TDD line: 1-800-256-7072 Online help for most frequently asked questions. They have also set up a "panic button" page for the food safety questions most likely to be asked. And "Ask Karen" is their 24/7 virtual representative with prepared answers.
ShopRite Chefs On Call: 1-800-746-7748
A team of chefs mans the line for this supermarket chain. Call with any questions; and they can send you recipes via email.
Crisco Pie Hotline: 1-877-FOR-PIE-TIPS (877-367-7438)
This hotline will help you when you're making your holiday pies. It can be reached Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm ET anytime. During the holidays, it's open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET from November 18-27, and 8:00 am to 7:00 pm ET December 16-23. Recorded tips and tricks are on the line 24 hours a day.
Reynolds Turkey Line: 1-800-745-4000
This hotline is open 24 hours a day. Call to get the best tips about cooking using Reynolds products. Online help.
Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line:1-800-777-4959
This helpline, for all your questions about breads and rolls, is open Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 7 PM, all year long. Online help.
Land O'Lakes Holiday Bake Line: 1-800-782-9606
Any and all baking questions are answered from 8 AM to 7 PM CST at Land O'Lakes from now until Christmas Eve. Online help.
Hershey's Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-468-1714
Let the folks at Hersheys walk you through every chocolate question you've ever had. Ask for recipes too! This line is open Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM EST, all year round.
Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374
Stressed about your pumpkin pie? Get tips and advice, plus recipes using canned pumpkin. The line is open Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 8 PM EST, all year round.
Ocean Spray Consumer Helpline:1-800-662-3263
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about cranberries, including ideas for using leftover canned cranberry sauce. The hotline is open Monday - Friday from 9 AM - 4 PM EST, all year round. And it is open on Thanksgiving! Online help