11 Cooking Temperatures to Know When Preparing Meat or Seafood

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11 Cooking Temperatures to Know When Preparing Meat or Seafood

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June 17 2019


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  1. Ground Beef, Ground Pork, Ground Veal, or Ground Lamb

    160 degrees F

  2. Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken

    165 degrees F

  3. All Poultry

    165 degrees F
    Including a whole chicken or turkey.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    To get an accurate temperature read on your meat, insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Make sure the thermometer is in the middle of the slice and does not touch any bones.
    Hy-Vee Test Kitchen
  4. Beef, Veal, or Lamb

    145 degrees F
    This includes roasts, steaks, and chops.

  5. Pork or Fresh Ham

    145 degrees F

  6. Reheating Pre-Cooked Ham

    165 degrees F

  7. Eggs

    160 degrees F 
    Thee yolks and whites will be firm. 

  8. Leftovers and Casseroles

    165 degrees F

  9. Fish with Fins

    145 degrees F
    Fish should be opaque and separate easily with a fork.

  10. Shrimp, Lobster, Crab, and Scallops

    Cook until flesh is pearly or white and opaque. 

  11. Clams, Oysters, and Mussels

    Cook until shells open during cooking.