Cooking foods properly will ensure that
bacteria are destroyed. Different types of foods will require
temperatures of different degrees to kill the bacteria. It is by using a
thermometer that will help us to determine the internal temperature that
the food must achieve. It is not the cooking temperature of the oven or
When cooking meat, use a meat thermometer as
it is the only way to ensure that the food you are cooking has been
cooked well enough to be safe to eat. There are many types of
thermometers available in the market. It is always good to remember a
few tips when using your meat thermometer -
insert the thermometer stem into the thickest part of the meat. Be
sure to keep it away from large pieces of fat, gristle or bone as
these areas will give you a false temperature reading.
temperature of thin foods like hamburgers or pork chops within 1
minute after removing them from the cooking surface.
temperature of thicker foods like roasts or large steaks after they
have been away from the cooking heat for 5-10 minutes.
temperature reading after leaving the thermometer in the food for 30
temperature in several places if the food does not have a regular
shape and ensure that you take the reading of the thickest part.
using, wash the thermometer using a hot soapy water.