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.
- 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.