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Turkey Emergency? The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is Open

Even celebrities screw up their turkeys. Take, for example, William Shatner, who made this video for State Farm about the dangers of frying a turkey:

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So how can you avoid setting you house on fire or (even worse) having the turkey explode into a Clark W. Griswold-style sawdust bomb:


The Butterball turkey hotline is a good start. Each year, the company opens up a hotline to help with all your poultry-related emergencies. The helpline, manned by 50 professionally trained home economists, take over 100,000 calls each season, ranging from how to thaw a turkey to how to carve the darn thing. The turkey talk-line, which is open daily through December 24, offers both online chat and phone help and no question is too stupid.

According to Snopes.com, a harried mother called the talk-line wondering how to get toy cars out of the turkey after thy were cooked into the cavity of the bird. There was alo the instance where a Chihuahua got stuck inside a bird (thankfully, the owner caught that one before the turkey reached the oven).

If you're in need of assistance, visit butterball.com or call 1-800-BUTTERBALL; 800-288-8372; 800-288-8372; or 800-288-8372. The helpline is open today until 6 p.m. and on Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. and will take calls from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily until December 23. On Christmas eve, call from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. to get some help.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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