HOW BIG OF a turkey do you need? Plan on three-quarters of a pound per serving if the turkey is more than 12 pounds; one-pound per serving if the bird weighs 12 pounds or less.
Do you have a turkey question? Call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. This toll-free hot line available to callers nationwide who have questions about cooking their Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys.
Forty-four trained home economists and nutritionists are available with answers to any turkey preparation question, from how much to buy to properly storing leftovers.
The number to call: 1-800-323-4848.
Today through Nov. 27, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This weekend 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 through Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line has answered more than one million inquiries since it opened in 1981. In 1990, staffers answered more than 300,000 questions from 217,000 callers nationwide.
The most frequently asked question: What is the preferred roasting method for turkey? Answer: open-pan roasting. See recipe and guidelines in box at far left.