Get tips and advice about Thanksgiving meals

How do you quickly thaw a big turkey? Should you stuff it? 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 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m from Tuesday to Friday this week, and next week from Monday through Nov. 21. It is 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.

Need some more inspiration? Local food bloggers will discuss their top Thanksgiving dishes and offer tips on “Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki” on the radio station KPAM this weekend. Maki, of, will host the writers behind,,, and The special episode will air from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday on AM 860.

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