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October 2012 Archives

Food Safety Refresher

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Because you can't tell if food is done by how it looks, it is important to use a food thermometer when cooking. Here are a few reminders:

  • Always cook food to a safe minimum internal temperature.
USDA Recommended Safe Minimum Internal TemperatuetsPicture adapted from Is It Done Yet? magnet

  • Always place the food thermometer in the thickest part of the food, away from bone and fat to check the temperature.
  • Cook leftovers to 165° F.
  • When cooking in a microwave oven, stir, cover, and rotate food for even cooking. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature in the food in several places.

Visit Food's Check Your Steps: Cook for more information on cooking food to the right temperature. Learn more about Safe Meals from the Food Safety Team.

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