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Protect friends, family, and yourself from illness by preparing safe food.
Cooking food to the proper temperature will kill the harmful germs in raw foods that cause foodborne illness. The guide below lists internal temperatures that should be met or exceeded throughout the food. Test the food with your metal stem thermometer and for large containers or roasts, check temperatures in several spots. If in doubt, cook all food thoroughly to 165°F.
Use a five-inch long metal stem thermometer to check food temperatures. You can purchase a thermometer with a temperature range from 0°F to 220°F at the local supermarket or department store. Always wash off the thermometer's metal stem before using it.
Prevent contamination and illness by storing foods properly.
Simplify recipes. The more heating and cooling steps in a recipe, the greater chance germs have to grow. Eliminate unnecessary steps and combine processes if possible.
Keep prep time short. Try to prepare meals less than a day in advance because risky foods need to be cooled for overnight storage and then reheated the next day. Either procedure, if not correctly done, will allow germs to grow.
Big meals need big kitchens. If you plan to prepare a large quantity of food, consider using a licensed commercial kitchen. These facilities normally have larger preparation and storage areas.