Category Archives for "Meat Temperature Advice"

The Temperature of Duck Breast When Done

Pan-seared Duck Breast at 137 degrees Fahrenheit

Your ultimate goal when cooking duck breast is to have a juicy, succulent middle with crispy-rendered skin. The problem is that you can’t achieve this result if you cook a duck breast to the USDA-recommended temperature for poultry of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. So, what exactly is the temperature of duck breast when done? If you […]

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What Should The Internal Temperature Be for Pork Tenderloin?

Pork Tenderloin cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit sliced

The recommended safe serving temperature for pork tenderloin according to the USDA is an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit/ 63 degrees Celsius. Like most recommended minimum safe temperatures for food, that information is a good starting point, but not the whole story. There are many questions that need answering before we discuss the internal […]

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Meat Temperature Guide: Is It Safety vs. Taste?

Salmon Temperature at 121 degrees Fahrenheit

Most decent restaurants today will ask you how you like your burger cooked. I usually order mine medium-rare to medium or between 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The USDA’s recommendation for the safe serving temperature for ground beef is 160 degrees Fahrenheit/ 71 Celsius. How have I not gotten sick? Good question, and the reason […]

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Smoked Beef Short Ribs Internal Temperature When Done

Smoked Beef Short Rib Done

Beef short ribs, when cooked properly, can rival any expensive steak in terms of succulent flavor. Short ribs are great when braised in liquid, but now my favorite way to prepare them is on the barbecue. If you’ve never prepared beef short ribs low and slow style on the barbecue you are in for a […]

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The Internal Temperature of a Turkey Burger When Done

Turkey Burger

Turkey burgers have been gaining popularity in the last few years as a healthy alternative to fattier beef burgers. The lack of fat in the standard turkey burger also makes it very prone to drying out while cooking. This makes cooking turkey burgers extremely tricky. The minimum safe temperature for ground poultry is 165 degrees […]

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Frozen Shrimp Can Be Defrosted at What Water Temperature?

Defrosting Shrimp Cold Water

There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet about the fastest and safest way to thaw shrimp. You’ve probably read that frozen shrimp can be defrosted using running water, but at what temperature? Some sites say it’s ok to use warm water. Some say just throw them in the pan or in the […]

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What Is the Best Temperature to Cook Mahi Mahi?

Mahi Mahi

You’ve got a nice piece of Mahi Mahi fish you want to cook, except you’ve never cooked Mahi Mahi before. You are probably wondering how do to cook Mahi Mahi and what is the best temperature at which to cook it? Mahi Mahi is a firm, lean and flavorful fish that can be prepared in […]

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At What Temperature are Chicken Thighs Done?

Chicken thigh with a crispy, golden-brown skin on a cutting board

Cooking bone-in chicken thighs can be intimidating. At what temperature are chicken thighs done exactly? Unlike chicken breasts,  chicken thighs contain more fat and proteins, making it difficult to know when chicken thighs are safe to eat. Are chicken thighs harder to cook than say, a chicken breast? Nope. According to the USDA, chicken should […]

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The Internal Temperature For Tri Tip When Done

Grilled tri tip thinly sliced showing a nice pink interior on a cutting board with Santa Maria salsa and pinquito beans and crusty bread

Tri tip is a great cut of beef that can be prepared in many different ways. A whole tri tip roast cut can weigh anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 lbs, so it’s often cut into smaller steaks by butchers. This can get confusing for some people as the term “tri tip” can be used in […]

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What Temperature is a Simmer on the Stove?

Simmering Liquid

Just think about it. How many times has a recipe instructed you to simmer something? And how many times do you find yourself heating your liquid on the stove to some random point below boiling and calling it good? What is a simmer? A simmer is to maintain the temperature of a liquid between 185 […]

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