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FOSTER FARMS TO RESCUE COOKS FROM TURKEY DAY MISHAPS WITH TURKEY HELPLINE AND WEB RESOURCES
Consumers Count on Foster Farms' On-Call Poultry Professionals, 24-Hour Hotline and Online Tutorials

11/3/2008
LIVINGSTON, Calif. – How do you stuff and roast the perfect turkey, drum up delicious gravy, or even grill your bird this Thanksgiving holiday? Foster Farms answers these questions and many more with its free, around-the-clock Turkey Helpline 1-800-255-7227 and expanded informational Web site www.fosterfarms.com. In addition to serving up fool-proof turkey tips, this year’s helpline offers hints to help consumers savor the season with expert holiday entertaining advice and delicious traditional recipes for everything from the centerpiece turkey to pumpkin pie, as well as many low fat and low-carb dishes to please health-conscious guests.

In what has become a celebrated annual tradition, Foster Farms turkey meal specialists will take to the phones in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day, November 27, providing thousands of home chefs with inspiring recipes, time-tested cooking advice and consumer safety guidelines.

From November 19 to December 1, including Thanksgiving Day, the Foster Farms Turkey Helpline may be accessed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800 255-7227. The Turkey Helpline is staffed by live operators and provides consumers with tips to help make their turkey dinners a success. Prior to November 19 and after December 1, the Foster Farms Turkey Helpline is available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST. Online self-help resources are available at www.fosterfarms.com year-round.

Last year, nearly 3,000 consumers contacted the Foster Farms Turkey Helpline throughout the holiday season. Even more consumers are turning to the company Web site at www.fosterfarms.com, where site visits increase exponentially each day as Thanksgiving Day draws closer.

“Preparing a top-notch holiday meal for family and friends can rattle even experienced cooks. Fortunately, our experts know what to do in any turkey dinner situation,” says Teresa Lenz, Foster Farms’ consumer affairs manager. “We have helped tens of thousands of families over the years at every stage of the process, from meal planning, to grocery shopping, to last-minute emergencies.”

The Foster Farms Turkey Helpline and Web site address common questions and provide holiday meal suggestions, thawing times, roasting and basting techniques, cooking instructions, servings-per-pound calculations, step-by-step carving instructions, nutritional information, food safety tips and even ideas for making the most of leftovers.

Foster Farms also offers consumers a free holiday brochure with time-tested tips, techniques and recipes. The brochure is available by request at 800 255-7227.

“Our team can even help with less traditional Thanksgiving plans,” adds Lenz. “For example, we’ve noticed that a growing number of people want a grilled turkey at Thanksgiving, so we’re offering grilling information and suggestions for cooks who crave that smoky flavor.”

Foster Farms’ fresh turkey offerings include Whole Young Turkey for traditional roasts, Young Turkey Breasts for shorter cooking times and guest lists, and pre-marinated Savory Servings® Turkey for no-fuss family dinners. For households hosting smaller feasts or who want to host an encore turkey meal inspired by Thanksgiving later in the year, Foster Farms’ Savory Servings pre-marinated Turkey Tenderloins are the perfect turkey choice.

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About Foster Farms
Foster Farms whole turkeys are locally grown, raised cage-free and 100% natural without added hormones, steroids, salt, chemicals or artificial taste enhancers. Foster Farms’ Turkey Helpline helps thousands of home chefs each year, with more than 2,000 calls usually taking place on Thanksgiving Day alone.

Founded by Max and Verda Foster in 1939, Foster Farms continues today as a family-owned and operated company. Foster Farms ready to cook, fresh chicken is all natural with no preservatives or sodium-based additives. For more than 70 years, families in the Western United States have trusted Foster Farms for the highest quality, locally raised, fresh chicken.