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Helpful Links

If we are unavailable to answer your questions, please feel free to browse the links below.  We do not endorse any one over another, they are to be used for helpful resources:


Call the Holiday Baking Hotline (Land O'Lakes) 1-800-782-9606, November 1 - December 24th or

FOOD PRESERVATIONS QUESTIONS? Call the Canning Help Line (Ball) 800-240-3340 or

The USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning can be found on the the University of Georgia website.  It is extremely important that home canners use only up-to-date, scientifically tested methods as improper canning presents a serious risk of foodborne illness from Clostridium botulinum.

MEAT AND POULTRY FOOD SAFETY QUESTION? Call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline 1-888-674-6854 10am-4pm & after hours recordings.  Or check out online USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline to search the answers to thousands of typical questions.

TURKEY QUESTIONS? Call Turkey Talk-Line (Butterball) 1-800-288-8372 through December 23rd or

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