Forget the Jennie-O Hotline: Here's How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey

Stuffing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. Some decisions are easy.

But if you’re having trouble deciding how to prepare this year’s Thanksgiving turkey, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


Forget the Jennie-O Turkey Hotline and watch this:

If you still need a little hand, Bob’s really no help and I’m cooking for the family, so here are some resources for you in case you need a little something extra this year:

Jennie-O Turkey Hotline: (800) 621-3505 or for live chat 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily through Nov. 26; special round-the-clock hours from 7 a.m. Nov. 23 to 11 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. has recipes, tips and FAQs.

Crisco Pie & Baking Hotline: (877) 367-7438. Live baking experts available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 23; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 19-23 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays all other dates except Thanksgiving and the day after and Christmas Eve and Day). Bakers can call 24 hours a day to get recorded answers to questions such as, “how do I keep my crust from becoming soggy.”

Pillsbury: Tips, menus, recipes, holiday ideas at

National Turkey Federation: Recipes, FAQs, chef demos, tips galore.

Libby’s Pumpkin help line: (800) 854-0374. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays year-round. Tips, advice, recipes using canned pumpkin and more at

Land O’Lakes: Recipes, FAQs, baking tips, videos at


Ocean Spray Cranberries: (800) 662-3263. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays year-round. has recipes, menus, tips, FAQs and an email option.

Butterball Turkey Talk Line: (800) 288-8372. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Nov. 18; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 19-20; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. next Nov. 21-22; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 23; 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 23; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 24. Send a text message to (844) 877-3456 Nov. 17-24. features tips, recipes, videos and email and live chat options. Connect with other Thanksgiving cooks on or follow @Butterball on Twitter.

Honeysuckle White Turkey Line: (800) 532-5756. 24 hours daily during the holiday season. Recorded messages on a variety of topics. has tips, recipes, menu ideas. Live help from a consumer response specialist, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 6 a.m.-noon Thanksgiving Day (not available on Christmas Day), (800) 532-5756 and live chat at

Jones Dairy Dozens of stuffing recipes. More tips and recipes at

Reynolds Kitchens: Recipes, tips and more at

Epicurious: Recipes, slide shows, how-to videos and more at


Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays (except major holidays), (800) 777-4959. More answers to questions about breads and rolls, and recipes, at, where there is also an email option.

Food Network: Thanksgiving menus, recipes and tips at Share your photos, peruse thousands of Thanksgiving (or Christmas) recipes and talk turkey in reader forums.

Better Homes & Gardens: Holiday survival guide at

General Mills Consumer Relations help line: (888) 275-2388. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. has recipes, menus, tips and more.

Ocean Spray Cranberries: (800) 662-3263. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays year-round. has recipes, menus, tips, FAQs and an email option.

National Potato Board: Recipes, tips and videos at

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