The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Is Now Open

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The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line Is Now Open

Need help preparing your Thanksgiving turkey? The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is now open and taking calls! Read on to learn more about this helpful hotline.

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Butterball opens its turkey hotline (1-800-Butterball) in November and December, and the service has expanded beyond phone calls and emails to its website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and live chats!

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Butterball started the hotline in 1981 with six home economists that answered 11,000 phone calls that year.

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That number has grown to more than 50 professionally trained turkey experts, who are expected to answer more than 100,000 questions and help more than a million cooks!

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Last year, the Butterball's hotline added its first male Talk-Line expert to the team. According to Butterball's blog, approximately one in four callers is male.

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In a Today interview, talk-line expert Nicole Johnson revealed that the most anxious callers are often first-time cooks, newlyweds and men who are new to the kitchen.

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The experts are trained at Butterball University, where they are taught the basics and advanced tips and tricks. For example, experts must learn how to cook a turkey in multiple ways, such as with an electric roaster, in a closed pan and using an oven bag.

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The most common question the hotline receives are about thawing the turkey, reports WBIR.

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Not sure what's the best way to thaw a turkey or when it's done cooking? Preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving can be stressful for the home cook, especially when he or she is new to the kitchen or hosting guests. Thankfully, Butterball just opened their Turkey Talk-Line (1-800-BUTTERBALL), and their turkey experts can answer your questions and provide advice. For more than 30 years, the hotline has been helping cooks tackle the turkey (and in a way, be your therapist for the holidays).

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line.

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