Do you have a funny story about preparing a Thanksgiving turkey? The staff at Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line have plenty and they were willing to share them.
What began in 1981 as a group of six home economists answering calls has grown into a staff of 50 food and nutrition experts answering more than 100,000 questions a year via phone, email and social media, according to Shelby Montgomery, spokesperson for Butterball.
Here’s a few of the most entertaining:
• Carving the turkey — A gentleman called to say he cut his turkey in half with a chain saw and wanted to know if the oil from the chain would adversely affect the turkey.
• Rub a dub dub, a turkey in the tub — A mother returned home from work to find her husband thawing a frozen turkey in the bathtub while simultaneously washing up the children. The operator could hear the children complaining that they were cold.
• Hot wheels in hot meal — Another mother called to say she found a miniature toy car in the stuffing. Apparently her young son was playing next to the turkey just before she stuffed it and she wanted to know if the stuffing was still safe to eat.
• Upside down turkey surprise — A disappointed woman called wondering why her turkey had no breast meat. After conversing with the Talk-Line operator, it became apparent the turkey was upside down on the platter.
• The great turkey expansion — A new bride cooking her first Thanksgiving dinner wanted to make sure her turkey wouldn’t expand during cooking [as baked goods do] and get stuck in the oven.
• Shhh! — A woman called the Talk-Line whispering her questions. When asked to speak up, the newlywed explained she was hiding in the closet from her mother-in-law, whom she was trying to impress with her culinary skills.
• Frosty the turkey — A lady from Colorado calling about “how to thaw” her frozen Butterball. She proudly shared the fact that her turkey was stored in a snow bank outside. It had snowed the night before and it then dawned on her that she didn’t have a clue which snow bank her turkey was buried in. At that point, the conversation was really over because she was now on a mission to go find her turkey.
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