Worried about your Thanksgiving meal? Call OSU's food safety hotline.

November 12, 2012
roast turkey photo (Creative Commons license)
Roast turkey questions? Call OSU's holiday food safety hotline, 800-354-7319, Nov. 13-16 and 19-21. (Photo by Flickr:Randomwire)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – How do you quickly thaw a big turkey? Should you stuff it or not? How do you make turkey giblet gravy like your grandma’s?

As Thanksgiving approaches, you can get answers to questions like these by calling the Oregon State University Extension Service's holiday food safety hotline at 1-800-354-7319.

The statewide hotline runs from Nov. 13-16 and 19-21 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It's staffed by Extension-trained Master Food Preserver volunteers.

The Extension Service has offered the hotline for more than 20 years. Every November, volunteers with the OSU Extension Service in Douglas and Lane counties field an average of 200 calls from throughout the state, said Nellie Oehler, a retired family community health educator with OSU Extension.

For additional food safety information see OSU Extension's Food Safety Resources website.

Author: Denise Ruttan
Source: Nellie Oehler