Even the most experienced cooks find themselves experiencing pre-holiday jitters. Whether you're in a quandary about thawing and stuffing a turkey, interested in making breads and pies in advance or concerned about fallen homemade rolls, there's someone to help.
Food companies have established consumer hot lines--telephone numbers designed to provide information on the essentials of preparing a holiday menu.
Provided here is a list of those companies offering the holiday service this year. Each is staffed by home economists who are prepared to answer consumer queries. Keep in mind, however, that a high volume of calls may cause delays--some companies will take your name and number and call you back, others suggest that you hold.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line--(800) 323-4848, is available Monday through Friday to Dec. 24 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Assistance also is available on this weekend from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hours for the help line on Thanksgiving Day next Thursday and on Christmas Eve are also 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Representatives from Beatrice Meats Inc., will be available with insights into turkey preparation, from how much to buy to what to do with the leftovers. Callers also will be offered a free copy of "Butterball Answers Holiday Cooks," an informational booklet that offers cooking, roasting and garnishing methods as well as some new recipes for cooking with turkey.