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Turkey tips for new cooks

Like everything else during 2020, Thanksgiving is going to be a bit different this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of us will be staying home instead of going to visit the family. And that means a lot of new cooks will be tackling the turkey this year. Don’t panic, newbies.  Help is available for newbie cooks with these turkey tips.

The National Turkey Federation has its Thanksgiving 101″ guide, where you can find step-by-step instructions on how to prepare and cook your bird. You’ll also find recipes for side dishes and ideas for leftovers.

You’ll even find Thanksgiving-themed Zoom backgrounds, for your internet-enabled family gatherings.

And don’t forget the tried and true favorite for decades, the Butterball Turkey Talk Line. Open every November and December have always been a phone call away, for more than thirty years.

Butterball has embraced new technology, and now you can call (1-800-288-8372) , text (844-877-3456) or even have Alexa call for you. You can also connect with the talk-line through social media and live chat.

And don’t forget Youtube, where you can find tutorials and recipes that will get you through the day. From world famous chefs to regular folks – there are thousands of videos that can help.

And if all else fails, keep a list handy of local restaurants that offer carryout. It will be fine. You can do this.

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