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Odd Thanksgiving Hotline Questions


It all began in the fall of 1981 when six women picked up the phones for the first time ever to answer questions about all things turkey which means that the Butterball Turkey Hotline has been around and bailing people out of potential turkey disasters for more than 35 years.

The first year that the Butterball Turkey Hotline was open, 11,000 calls were taken, but that number now totals more than 100,000 each and every year through calls, email, social media, and text messages.

According to those who answer the phones say that the average person who reaches out to them does so to find out how long they need to let the turkey defrost, or how long and at what temperature to cook the turkey.

But those aren’t the only questions people are asking.

The people at Butterball sat down with People Magazine and shared some of the most bizarre questions they’ve received over the years. Some of the funny questions include, “How much will my turkey expand when cooking?” And, “How do I get my turkey to stop sudsing? “Is a soapy turkey recoverable?” (Wait, what?!?) And then there’s this one- “How do I baste a pre-basted turkey?”

I know what you’re thinking and yes, a turkey professional actually answered each and every one of these questions. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face while answering!

If you’ve got turkey anxiety, you can always do what I do and buy a pre-made turkey from Honey Baked Ham. No, seriously. The ham company actually makes a fantastic turkey. Don’t tell my mother-in-law, but that’s my secret. I buy our entire Thanksgiving meal from Honey Baked Ham and just transfer the sides to my own serving dishes. Genius!

If you’d like to call the Butterball Turkey Hotline, they’re open Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm (EST) and even the weekend before Thanksgiving, Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th from 9am-7pm for those celebrating Thanksgiving a week early.

[via Butterball Turkey/People Magazine/Honey Baked Ham]

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