Food & Nutrition

Have a Food Safety or Food Preservation question?

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3. Call our helpline: 385-468-4837
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Holiday Helps on Hotlines

Sometimes you are right in the middle of something and cannot get one of us at USU Extension. Here are some hotlines that might come in handy this holiday season (and all year through)….
  • (Delicious recipes, baking basics and baking tips.)
USDA Meat & Poultry (800) 535-4555 OR (888) 674-6854 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and holidays, except Thanksgiving. Special hours of operation on Thanksgiving are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
  • Reynolds Turkey 800-745-4000
  • Butterball Turkey 800-288-8372 OR online at:

Crisco Pie Hotline (877) 367-7438 (toll-free)
Provides answers to the most common questions about baking pies for novice bakers as well as offering tips that will benefit the most seasoned baker. The hotline also offers the option for callers to connect to a live pie expert for pie baking guidance. Hours: 9 - 7 EST except for: Nov. 12 - 21 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST) and Dec. 12 - 22 (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST).
Land O' Lakes Holiday Bakeline (800) 782-9606
Available through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., CST, 7 days a week.
Betty Crocker (888) ASK-BETTY (888-275-2388)
Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST weekdays; staffed year-round
Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line (800) 777-4959
Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST Year round advice for bread bakers.
Holiday Bake Line (800) 782-9606
(Nov. 1 to Dec. 24 - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) ?