Butterball’s Turkey Hotline Gets An Upgrade


By Cooking Panda

As holiday season approaches, Butterball Turkey has to start bracing itself and planning early for a barrage of turkey-cooking questions that will inevitably come their way.

This year, however, they are a step ahead. For the first year ever, Butterball will be available for all of your turkey-cooking questions via text. Surprised that they get a lot of calls? According to Business Insider, Butterball’s talk line co-directors Sue Smith and Nicole Johnson say that the call volume is actually increasing each year, even with the ability most of us have to Google all of our questions.

Smith and Johnson say that many calls revolve around the turkey preparation. Some callers forgot to thaw the turkey, or some callers might not know how to roast it (isn’t that on the packaging?). There’s even one lady who has consistently called over the years for a one-to-one pep talk before cooking the turkey. Now that, I can understand.

About 50 experts answer hot line phones each season, and they take over 100,000 calls every year.

With the addition of texting availability, Butterball hopes to curb some of this call volume in an effort to be more easily reachable. It’s their way of responding to consumer demand. Let’s face it, the time of calling and talking on the phone is coming to an end, and texting is the future. Butterball is just keeping with the times!

Tasting Table reports that the call lines this year will be open from Nov. 17-24, and the number to text is 1-800-BUTTERBALL. Likewise, if you’re feeling old school, you can call that number instead.

If you’re cooking the bird this year, this should be some fabulous news for you. Butterball is staying current with these new changes, and the new option to text our questions will most likely be much appreciated, and will probably become very popular.

Let’s cook our turkeys the new, young and hip way and have the direction texted right to our phones! We can even start practicing on Nov. 17!

Sources: Tasting Table, Business Insider / Photo credit: Missy's Product Reviews

Tags: Butterball, holidays, Roasting Turkey, turkey
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ISIS Executioner Preparing To Behead Father And Son Gets Hit With A Healthy Dose Of Karma


By Cooking Panda

A British sniper reportedly shot at an ISIS militant from a distance of about 1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet, saving a Shia father and son who were about to be beheaded by the militant group.

The incident occurred last month near the Syria-Turkey border, where members from the British Special Air Service (SAS) were covertly patrolling the area, according to the Daily Star.

An Iraqi spy alerted SAS forces to a public trial held by ISIS members in the outskirts of a village, and the SAS unit assumed their positions.

The unit called in its sniper to take the long and risky shot at their target in an attempt to avoid civilian deaths.

“Through binoculars the soldiers could see that the crowd were terrified and many were in tears,” an anonymous source told the Daily Star.

The source also said that a man and a young boy were kneeling in front of a man with a long knife. Next to them were two ISIS militant armed with AK-47s.

The SAS sniper shot at the executioner first, leaving the crowd confused and in awe.

“The sniper then dispatched the two henchmen with single shots–three kills with three bullets.”

A person from the crowd ran to where the father and son were, and proceeded to untie them and take their blindfolds off.

The Ministry of Defense said they could not confirm or deny the incident, according to Yahoo News UK.

British Special Forces have been in Syria for nearly a year working on missions against ISIS. Early this year, SAS soldiers joined US Special Forces to aid in a mission to assassinate a senior Islamic State commmander, according to the Daily Mail.

Sources: Daily StarYahoo News UKDaily Mail

Photo Credit: Daily Star

Tags: ISIL, ISIS, Islamic State, Syria, turkey
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Burger King Makes Decision Regarding Manager Who Beat 10-Year-Old For Eating People’s Leftovers


By Cooking Panda

A Burger King manager was fired recently in response to public outcry after he viciously beat a child for eating leftover fries left behind by customers on the tables.

According to Today’s Zaman, the 10-year-old child entered the restaurant around 10 p.m. on Wednesday and began eating potatoes off of the empty tables. He was warned by the manager, Omar E., to leave. Omar E. then grabbed the child and began to slap him repeatedly on the face, pushing him out into the street. As the child’s face began bleeding, the crowd around them started to grow upset with the manager.

Onlookers took photos of the incident, posting them to social media where they caused a firestorm of outrage and public outcry. The restaurant, located in the Sirinevler district of Istanbul, began drawing large amounts of ire from the internet community at large, with many calling for a boycott of the chain.

As a result of this, the Burger King headquarters in Turkey issued a statement apologizing for the violent incident and saying that Omar E. had been fired. According to Today’s Zaman, the statement said that “the company and the main brand considers the incident unacceptable.”

“As TAB Food, we announce with great sadness that an unfortunate incident occurred at one of our restaurant’s franchises in Şirinevler,” the statement said. “We would like to state that this incident is unacceptable on our account and that our franchisee terminated the aforementioned restaurant manager’s employment contract.”

When asked if they would compensate the child for the wrong that occurred the company dismissed the idea.

“We have almost 10,000 employees. It is sufficient to cancel the labor contract of the person in question,” an official said.

Sources: Today’s ZamanHurriyet Daily Photo Credit: WikipediaPixShark.com

Tags: Burger King, instanbul, Syria, turkey
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Don’t You Dare Brine Your Turkey This Year


By Cooking Panda

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, then there is a good chance you will soon find yourself staring at a giant bird with your mouth hanging open, completely at a loss.

People will probably tell you that you should brine your turkey before you cook it — in other words, soaking it in salty water for hours, maybe even days. Culinary heavy hitters like Alton Brown and Martha Stewart swear by brining, saying that it gives the bird more tenderness and flavor, according to BuzzFeed.

Wet brining a turkey is a huge nuisance. After you make a brine out of water, salt, sugar and seasoning, you need to find a huge pot that will hold the whole turkey, and then you need to figure out how you’re going to keep that pot cold for no fewer than 12 hours.

One commonly used turkey brining method involves putting the huge bird in a brine bag and then surrounding it with ice, changing it out as it melts.

But here’s the thing: considering all the hassle, wet brining does not work all that well.

BuzzFeed tested three different ways to flavor a turkey — wet brined, dry brined, and not brined at all — and cooked all three turkeys the same way.

After taste-testing, turns out that wet brined turkey was the worst of the bunch. It had very little flavor, was not particularly tender and the skin was rubbery. Tasters preferred the juicy, flavorful dry brined turkey by far.

Here is how you dry brine a turkey:

Combine 1/3 cup kosher salt, 1 tablespoon light brown sugar and 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Rub the mixture all over a 14 to 16 pound turkey. Try and get it over the skin, under the skin, and inside the cavity. Refrigerate uncovered for 8 to 16 hours. Rinse and thoroughly pat dry before roasting.

When you are ready to cook it, consider using Bon Appetit’s dry brined turkey roasting recipe, which uses a quartered medium onion, a halved head of garlic, and 1-2 bunches of herbs. Instead of water, pour two cups of chicken broth into the pan for extra flavor and tenderness.

Sources: BuzzFeed, Bon Appetit / Photo Credit: BuzzFeed

Tags: brine, dry brine, recipe, thanksgiving, turkey
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