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All it takes to turn Thanksgiving from a day of celebration into a day of drama is one simple cooking mistake. Maybe you cooked the turkey with the plastic bag of innards still inside, or you accidentally put salt in the pumpkin pie instead of sugar. Even something as basic as being unable to get your biscuits to rise could cause you to lose your cool if you’re on a ticking clock and the guests are on their way.

Fortunately, there are dozens of Thanksgiving emergency hotlines you can call for advice from experts on what to do when your dinner preparations take a wrong turn, or even if you just have a question about a recipe. We’ve rounded up a few of the best here.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line

1-800-288-8372 or e-mail

As the premier supplier of turkeys in the U.S., the folks at Butterball know a thing or two about how to prepare the main course, and with this hotline, you have access to more than 50 expert nutritionists who can address your Thanksgiving concerns.

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

1-888-674-6854 or e-mail

This hotline from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is intended for consumers who have questions about how to handle and prepare your food to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses. It’s open weekdays all year round, but is particularly useful around this time of year. After all, the last thing anyone wants on Thanksgiving is food poisoning.

ShopRite Chefs on Call


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For the past three years, ShopRite has had culinary instructors on call the week before Thanksgiving to help customers with any “holiday cooking dilemmas.” So if you’ve got one, don’t hesitate to call.

Perdue Hotline


For more than a decade, Perdue has run a Thanksgiving hotline to help answer questions from struggling cooks about recipe ideas and tips for how to properly roast meats and store leftovers.

Ocean Spray


Few things are as essential to a good Thanksgiving meal as the cranberry sauce, and no one knows more about cranberries than Ocean Spray. The experts on this hotline can offer you ideas for how best to serve cranberries with your meal, as well as general tips for the rest of your menu.

Nestle’s Kitchen Help


If you’re having a dessert meltdown, then call up Nestle for some advice. And don’t worry, you’re not alone. Nestle claims to handle about 50,000 emergency calls during the holiday season on this hotline.

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