Butterball hotline provides tips for first-time chefs for Thanksgiving

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 7:53 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - As the pandemic shifts the look for many Thanksgiving celebrations, an increase in smaller dinners could see the rise in first-time turkey chefs.

The Butterball Hotline, which has providing cooks with assistance in cooking turkeys since 1981, has been preparing for the rise in call volume.

This year, the organization shifted away from its traditional call center and has turkey experts providing guidance from their own kitchens.

Beth Somers, a turkey expert who has worked with the Butterball Turkey Talk Line for seven years said using the Butterball method simplifies the turkey cooking process.

Somers recommends keeping the turkey in its original packaging and not washing it before it is ready to cook.

Open the turkey in the sink to avoid grease splattering.

To follow the Butterball method, cook the turkey in an open pan with a rack in the oven at 325 degrees.

If there is no rack, one can be made by scrunching aluminum foil into a snake shape first then fold it into an “O” shape.

Brush turkey with vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray.

Cook at 325 for the entire duration of cooking, which is dependent on the weight of the turkey.

This can be calculated with Butterball’s calculator.

Somers said cooking Turkey should not be a source of holiday stress.

“It’s Thanksgiving, it’s a day of celebration, your turkey is going to be moist, juicy and delicious if you cook it to 170 degrees,” she said.

“Don’t stress about it spend the day enjoying the people you’re able to be with that is the most important thing the turkey is secondary.”

The Butterball Turkey Talk Line can be reached by calling 1-800-Butterball.

The hotline is open from 6 am to 6 pm Thanksgiving Day.

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