Turkey 411: Help with your Thanksgiving dinner is just a phone call away

11/20/2012 3:19 PM

11/21/2012 11:21 AM

Solutions to your Thanksgiving cooking dilemmas as well as recipes and menu ideas are a phone call or mouse click away:

• USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 888-674-6854 (English and Spanish), fsis.usda.gov.
• National Turkey Federation: eatturkey.com.
• Butterball Turkey Talk Line: 800-288-8372.
• Honeysuckle White Turkey Line: 800-810-6325.
• Jennie-O Turkey Hotline: 800-887-5397.
• Reynolds Turkey Tips Hotline: 800-745-4000.
• Better Homes & Gardens: Holiday survival guide at bhg.com/holidays.
• Betty Crocker Help Line: 888-275-2388.
• Ocean Spray Help Line: 800-662-3263.
• Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line: 800-777-4959.
• Land O’Lakes Holiday Baking Line: 800-782-9606.
• Crisco Pie Central: 877-367-7438.
• Libby Consumer Hotline: 800-854-0374.

Safety basics

Uncooked turkey can harbor salmonella. Clean up any raw juices with hot, soapy water, and take care not to contaminate other foods via cutting boards or knives.

Disposable roasting pans are too flimsy to handle safely. If you use one, set it on a cookie sheet for support.

An instant-read thermometer is the best way to tell if your turkey is safely cooked to 165 degrees. Insert it in the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.

Perishable foods should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Refrigerate leftovers promptly in shallow containers for quick cooling.

Missing ingredients

Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, Sedano’s and Milam’s are among the supermarkets that will be open Thanksgiving Day (for reduced hours in most cases, so call ahead).

Dining out

A host of South Florida restaurants are offering holiday menus on Thursday. Find a listing at Miami.com/restaurants.

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