NPR logo

Widower Learns to Manage First Turkey on His Own

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6510682/6510683" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Widower Learns to Manage First Turkey on His Own

Food

Widower Learns to Manage First Turkey on His Own

Widower Learns to Manage First Turkey on His Own

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/6510682/6510683" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Food safety specialist Sandy King, of the Meat and Poultry Hotline, remembers one widower who called the hotline for help preparing his first Thanksgiving turkey on his own.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

Now a heartwarming tale from the operators of the Turkey Hotline.

(Soundbite of phone ringing)

Ms. SANDY KING (Hotline Operator): Good morning, Meat and Poultry Hotline. How may I help you?

Unidentified Woman: I need a...

Ms. KING: I'm Sandy King and I'm a home economist, and I've been with the hotline for about - almost 15 years, and it's been really interesting. We've gotten all kinds of calls over the years.

One elderly gentleman called from Florida. He had moved to Florida, and he had lost his wife, and his whole family, all the grandchildren, they were coming for Thanksgiving dinner, and he wanted to cook the dinner. So he asked every question in the book. And on Thanksgiving Day we work also, so we got a call also from him that Thanksgiving Day. He said, now I'm almost set. He said, now what do I do - when do I take the turkey out? How do I do this? And he was so touched that he was just in tears. So he was so happy that his children were coming. So that's really - you know, we do help them a lot.

ELLIOTT: Whatever your story is, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHOTLINE. That's 888-674-6854.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.