At least we keep the folks at Butterball laughing on Thanksgiving.


It takes a truly special caller to stump the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line staffers. From turkeys that won't thaw, to giblet issues, to unintentionally blackened birds, they've heard it all. Or at least until they get a Southerner on the line. As you'll see in these real anecdotes from Butterball, when Southerners call the Talk-Line, things take a turn for the strange, or the hilarious—depending on which end of the line you're on.

Sometimes we get a little confused

When a Talk-Line staffer asked a caller what state her turkey was in—meaning whether the bird was frozen or thawed—the caller said "Florida."

When a Talk-Line staffer asked an Alabama caller to take the phone off of speaker mode, the caller replied, "I can't, I'm calling from the shower!"

Sometimes we want to teach the experts a thing or two

Apparently not all calls to the Talk-Line are for help. A Georgia caller told Talk-Line staffers that stabbing a beer can, then placing the beer can horizontally in the turkey's cavity is the perfect trick for moist meat. Hey, it works with chicken

A gentleman from Texas called the Talk-Line to share an unconventional way of cooking turkey. He told a staffer that he wraps his turkey in butter-soaked bed sheets, then ladles water on the turkey as it cooks. No word on what he does with the sheets after Thanksgiving.

Sometimes we just need a second opinion

Deep-frying is a Thanksgiving tradition across the South—and many cooks don't stop at the turkey. One caller from Virginia asked whether she should deep-fry her Twinkies or the turkey first in the same oil. It's unclear whether the Twinkies were for an appetizer or dessert.

Sometimes we just want to talk

After discovering a turkey from 1969 in his dad's freezer, an Alabama man called the Talk-Line to ask about the best way to cook the 30+ year-old bird. Although the Talk-Line staffer recommended the open roasting pan method, she suggested that the first step was to purchase a fresher fowl. He also shared the other contents of the freezer, including the top of his wedding cake and a snowball from every snowstorm he'd experienced in Alabama.

To reach the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) or text 844-877-3456 between November 1 through December 24.