Have fun grilling this summer, but keep in mind meat safety. Here are the minimum safe temperatures for all your meats that you will be grilling.
Great Food, Great Friends and Great Fun is our motto and with summer coming we are getting ready to take advantage of the long days and warm weather to cook a lot of our Gr8 Food outside on the grill. There is no better flavor enhancer for proteins than to cook them this way.
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In order to have a safe and Gr8 summer, use a thermometer to ensure that the meats are cooked to the minimum safe temperature. None of us want our guests or families getting sick from undercooked food!
Here is a quick list of meats and their safe minimum internal temperatures, according to FoodSafety.gov.
|Category||Food||Temp (°F)||Rest Time|
|Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures||Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb||160º||None|
|Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb||Steaks, roasts, chops||145º||3 minutes|
|Poultry||Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Goose – breasts, roasts, thighs, legs, wings||165º||None|
|Pork||Fresh pork||145º||3 minutes|
|Seafood||Fin Fish||145º||or cook until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.||None|
|Shrimp, lobster, and crabs||Cook until flesh is pearly and opaque.||None|
|Clams, oysters, and mussels||Cook until shells open during cooking; discard shells that don’t open.||None|
|Scallops||Cook until flesh is milky white or opaque and firm.||None|
Gr8 Grilling to you! Here’s a link to an instant read thermometer in case you need one. These also make a Gr8 gift for the dad in your life!