How can I make sure my meat is fully cooked?
A meat thermometer is an important kitchen tool. Often the appearance of cooked meats is deceiving. The meat may look done, but in reality it has not heated to a temperature necessary to kill pathogens that may be present. A meat thermometer can ensure that meats are cooked completely and are safe to eat. Insert the thermometer into the food 1 to 2 inches in the center, and wait 30 seconds for an accurate measurement.
|Food:||Heat to (degrees Fahrenheit):|
|Beef (including ground), lamb, pork||160|
|Whole poultry and thighs||180|
|Ground chicken or turkey||165|
|Eggs||white and yolk are firm|
Shannon Crosby, Dietetic Intern,
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009