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Recommended Cooking Temperatures
















For Julie who wanted to know when steaks and pork chops are done on a grill. I highly recommend buying a good meat thermometer and following the recommended temperatures listed in this chart. It is the easiest and safest way to make sure all your food is safe to eat.
Robbie IN

Safe Food Recommended Cooking Temperatures

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Ground meat and meat mixtures
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Beef, pork, veal and lamb
160F (71.1C)

Turkey, chicken
165F (73.9C)

Beef, veal and lamb roasts, steaks and chops
Medium-rare
135F (57.2C)

Medium
140F (60C)

Medium-well
145F (62.8C)

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Poultry
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Whole chicken or turkey
170-175F (76.7-79.4C), as measured in deepest part of thigh**

Legs or thighs 170-175F (76.7-79.4C), as measured in deepest part of thigh**

Breast
165F (73.9C)

Stuffing (cooked in bird)
165F (73.9C)

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Pork
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Chops, roasts, ribs
145F (62.8C)

Ham
Fresh (raw)
145F (62.8C)
Precooked (to reheat)
140F (60C)

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Egg dishes
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Egg-based entrees
160F (71.1C)

Custard, sauces, ice cream base
160F (71.1C)

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Seafood
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Fin fish
Flesh should be opaque and flake easily.

Lobster, crab
Flesh should be opaque and pearly.

Scallops
Flesh should be opaque, milky white and firm.

Shrimp
Safe to eat when flesh turns pink.

Clams, oysters, mussels
Safe to eat if shells have opened during cooking. Discard any unopened shells.

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Miscellaneous
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Leftovers and casseroles
165F (73.9C)

Microwave dishes
165F (73.9C)

**Poultry is safe to eat at 165 (73.9C), but we prefer the taste and texture when the legs and thighs are cooked to 170-175 (76.7-79.4C).
Recommended Temperatures



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