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Food Temperature Sensors and Their Uses
 

The temperature of food plays a big role in assuring that certain products are well enough cooked to kill harmful organisms like bacteria. Similarly, many foods, including cooked food, become breeding grounds for other harmful organisms if unrefrigerated too long or even if left in a refrigerated environment for too long a time.

Certainly in the cooking area it is quite straightforward to monitor the internal temperature of meats and other foods to assure that the proper minimum temperature has been attained before it is considered safe. Below is a list of some cooking temperature rules for food per the US Dept of Agriculture's "Thermy™" Food Safety campaign.

Be sure to come back and see how this area expands. Who knows, we might even be tempted to put some of our favorite receipes up for public consumption.


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Information & Resources for Food Temperature Measurement, Sensors and Safety

  • Food safety
    A Federal Government/Private Sector Partnership Web Site-(has more than a passing relationship to temperature measurement and temperature sensors)

  • Food Safety FAQs Page
    Answers to over 500 frequently asked questions (FAQs) on federal, state, and local food safety web sites. You can select a topic from FAQ's for Consumers about:
    Eggs & Dairy,
    Food Addititves, Food Preparation & Storage
    Foodborne Illness, Infection,
    Fruits, Vegetables, Meats - Poultry & Seafood
    Other Topics, Hotlines & Contacts
  • Food Safety A to Z Reference Guide
    Another USDA website with as dictionary of terms and suggestions related to Food Safety.
  • On the Safe Side : Choosing a Meat Thermometer
    From Kansas State University's Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service on the culinary.net.
  • Fante's Kitchen Works (Philadelphia, PA-USA-In the heart of The Italian Market!)
    For all kinds of Cooking, Candy, Jelly, Freezer & Fridge, Frothing and Fork thermometers..plus about the most interesting and extensive web site on kitchen accessories we have ever seen. If you are in Philly, a must visit! (A frothing thermometer, by the way is used to gauge the correct temperature in frothing of the milk for Cappuccino)
    (We've had this site listed for quite a while, but only recently went to it both on the web and in person and took a good look. For anyone interested in cooking, candy making, jelly making or just plain interested in tools for preparing food-this is a must see site!)
  • The Thermicator.
    From Marlin Manufacturing for food temperature, a commercial grade food thermometer.
  • FDA Consumer: "All About Cooking Thermometers"
    Just That. A quick run down on the various types of temperature sensor/indicators used in measuring food temperature. (You can find more detail on each type of thermometer by visiting our other pages; they are linked here to the most appropriate pages on this website). Types described include: liquid-filled thermometer, bimetal thermometer, oven-safe, instant-read, thermistor thermometer and thermocouple thermometer.

Food Stuff
Detail
Minumum Internal Temperature in
Degrees F, as measured by a reliable food thermometer
Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures
Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb
160
Turkey, Chicken
165
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb,
Medium Rare
145
Medium
160
Well Done
170
Poultry
Chicken & Turkey, whole
180
Poultry breasts, roast
170
Poultry thighs, wings, legs
180
 
Duck & Goose
180
Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird)
165
Fresh Pork
Medium
160
Well Done
170
Ham
Fresh (raw)
160
Pre-cooked (to reheat)
140
Eggs & Egg Dishes
Eggs
Cook until yolk & white are firm
Egg dishes
160
Leftovers & Casseroles
165

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