When you're responsible for the main dish on Thanksgiving, it's normal to feel a little nervous about your big role. That's why there's a hotline to help solve your real life turkey disasters: Thanks to Jennie-O, you can dial up a real-life professional chef to talk you through your personal kitchen nightmare.
A total of 11 total chefs will be available to chat until 11 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26 and until midnight on Wednesday, November 27. The hotline staff will also be available until 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. (The hotline is actually open through December 1 but chefs will only be available through tomorrow.)
Last year, Jennie-O provided the same service to skittish cooks for the holiday... thousands of them. The 1-800-TURKEYS hotline ended up fielding more than 10,000 calls that month, according to a rep for the company. Over the course of those calls, the team compiled a list of some of the most common (as well as some of the most unique) questions they received. This year, in an effort to help out families ahead of time, they've answered five of the questions up-front for Romper.
Each question has been answered by Chris Anderson, Consumer Engagement Specialist at Hormel Foods. And while some might seem a little bit on the outrageous side, remember that roasting a turkey can be a lot trickier than it seems. From thawing to dressing to storing, the traditional holiday birds come with their own set of rules, and they're easier to break than you might think. (And if you're way too intimidated to try, don't worry. You can always go the turkey breast route, or skip the meat and have a tofurky feast instead.)