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Basic Rules

Cook it Well!

Buying a cooking thermometer is a good idea. Use the thermometer to make sure you have cooked meat and poultry long enough to kill bacteria.

image of a meat thermometer
  • Cook most meat (ground, game, pork) to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill bacteria. Do not eat meatloaf or hamburgers if they are still pink inside.
  • Poultry should be cooked without stuffing to 165 degrees Fahrenheit for doneness. Make sure poultry meat and the juices are no longer pink.
  • Cook roasts and steaks to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook roasts and steaks to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (medium) if they have been pierced or tenderized.
  • Cook eggs until the white and yolk are firm. Do not use raw eggs or partially cooked eggs in recipes.
  • Cook white fish until it is milky and flakes easily with a fork. Cook clams until they look milky-white.

Move on to Cool it Soon! to learn more about how to cool foods down quickly.