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FAQ Subject: What are safe cooking temperatures for meat?
Due to the health problems undercooked meat could cause, I would appreciate receiving any information regarding various cooking times for each different cut and type of meats.
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All bacteria known to be associated with meat is killed by 160°F. Most meat, except poultry and ground meat, is safe at lower temperatures. I do not use commercially ground meat for safety and quality reasons. When I grind my beef chuck, I know the fat ratio and I am safe cooking it to medium rare instead of well done. Commercially ground beef should be cooked to 160°F.
Poultry and pork normally get over cooked and are therefore tough and dry. If you cook pork to 150°F and poultry to 160°F in the thickest part it will be safe, tender and juicy.