Man isn't born with the knowledge to baste, stuff and cook a turkey.
As such, the experts at Butterball LLC have made themselves available
for the last 29 years at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. "No question is too tough for
these turkey talkers," boasts Butterball's Turkey Talk-Line® web page
The company employs over 50 "professionally trained, college-educated
home economists" who field more than 100,000 questions during the
The sheer volume of queries got Robert Basler
at Reuters thinking, what are the strangest questions people have asked?
Speaking with Butterball's operators, he got some pretty fantastic answers. Here was their top 5 list:
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?
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