As much as we’d like it not to be the case, Thanksgiving really can be stressful, whether you’re cooking for two or for twenty. If you find yourself hiding in the pantry, holding a brandy, and wishing you had someone to call, look no further. Our annual list of Thanksgiving cooking hotlines has got you covered, no matter what the dilemma.
So put away the brandy, get out a pen, and write down these helpful hotlines. Or, you know, whip out your smartphone. Just in case.
And, of course, have a happy Thanksgiving—no matter how the food turns out.
Herb-Roasted Turkey | Photo: Peden + Munk for Bon Appetit
For over 30 years, the experts manning the Butterball hotline have been helping home cooks recover from every type of Thanksgiving turkey disaster you can imagine. Questions can be taken by phone, online chat, or email. If you think you’re the only one who’s committed a serious kitchen fail (or you just need a good laugh), read the 10 craziest questions the Butterball Talk Line has been asked at Yahoo Food. You are not alone.
Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White Hotline
Now that you’ve cooked a giant bird, how are you going to carve it? Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White Turkey are serving up tips on how to prepare, cook, and carve via their new hotline. The phone line is pre-recorded, but if you need help the day of, join the live online chat at 700reasons.com.
Cranberry Pie with Rosemary Buttermilk Crust | Une Gamine Dans la Cuisine
If your crusts are typically soggy, tough, or you think blind baking involves wearing some sort of mask, bookmark the Crisco Pie & Baking Hotline. And keep it handy throughout the holidays; the line is open from November 1 through December 31.
Sara Lee Pie Hotline
Tweet that trauma! Send your pie questions to @saraleedesserts on Twitter using the hashtag #PerfectPie during hotline hours for real-time answers. If you’re unplugging from social media for the weekend (good for you), Sara Lee will be offering pie tips on their hotline on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, and then on Thanksgiving until 1 p.m. CST.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese | Kitchen Konfidence
The editors and community members at Food52 have such a wealth of knowledge and experience, they will have all the answers to the basics and then some. Don’t be afraid to pose a question that goes beyond turkey or stuffing. I recently saw one that solicited help on baking a mac and cheese for the big day. Speaking of which, there’s still time to make the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese that we found at Kitchen Konfidence. (It makes a good back up main if the turkey’s too dry!)
“Ask Betty” Betty Crocker
It’s hard to imagine another brand as trusted (or as old) as Betty Crocker. I like that experts will answer online questions and then post the Q&As for everyone to see. I’m willing to bet my pumpkin pie that someone out there has had a Thanksgiving disaster worse than mine. Here’s to hoping.