Let’s talk turkey!

During Thanksgiving week, we’ve been known to answer the phone “Butterball hotline”, as a fun way to poke fun at the turkey talk line provided by the Butterball Company.  Preparing a Thanksgiving turkey creates a lot of stress for cooks all across the country and the people at Butterball provide assistance and encouragement to ease that stress.

I’m here to tell you that you can cook a turkey. It’s not that difficult. Don’t let the pressure of Thanksgiving shake your confidence. The directions are on the wrapper. You can follow directions.

The trickiest part? Plan ahead. You need plenty of time to thaw the bird (a couple of days in the refrigerator). Cooking takes between three to four hours. You can’t rush.

Don’t hesitate to consult the Butterball website at www.butterball.com for tips. Your question can probably be answered by checking the FAQs, but they even have a link for new cooks to assist with every detail of hosting a Thanksgiving feast.

I just hope you don’t call and ask a question so absurd that it makes the list of most ridiculous questions asked. I thought you might like to read some of these bizarre questions. Hope they bring a smile to your face!

Is it okay to thaw my turkey in the bathtub while bathing my kids?

Can I brine my turkey in the washing machine?

Can I use my oven’s self-cleaning cycle to speed up the cooking process?

If I cut my turkey with a chainsaw will the oil affect the taste?

Can I take my frozen turkey into my sauna to thaw it faster?

Of course, another good way to avoid the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving turkey…go home for the holiday. Let your parents cook!