Metro-East Living

Here’s where you can get Thanksgiving dinner help from the experts

Everybody needs help sometime. That sometime for you just might be now, or on Thanksgiving. Luckily, there is a wide variety of assistance online and via phone to get you through preparing your first turkey, wondering why a pie crust didn’t turn out like it should have or how to cook cranberries. Here are some resources:

▪  Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: For nearly 35 years, Butterball operators have been talking turkey with consumers. Call 800-288-8373. Available now through Dec. 28, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Nov. 24 to Dec. 25, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also how-to videos are available at

▪  National Turkey Federation: This trade association at offers instructions and tips on prepping, cooking, serving and storing the bird, plus a history of Thanksgiving and turkey, recipes and wine suggestions.

▪  Ocean Spray: The cranberry folks have a toll free line for questions, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central time, 800-662-3263, or go to Staffed year-round, weekdays (open Thanksgiving Day; but not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and other major holidays).

▪  Crisco Pie & Baking Hotline: Call 877-367-7438 or go to for help with your baked goods and pies. The hotline is open weekdays (closed Thanksgiving) through Wednesday and then open Dec. 19-23.

▪  Sara Lee Pie Hotline: Call 888-914-1247 for pie tips on weekdays 7 a.m to 6 p.m. (including Thanksgiving until 1 p.m.). Or tweet your questions to @saraleedesserts using the hashtag #PerfectPie during hotline hours.