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Use a meat thermometer to eliminate the guesswork, prevent overcooking, and to ensure food safety.
For a safe and delicious meal cook your meat to the suggested temperatures below.
How to use a meat thermometer
Insert the thermometer in the center of the thickest part of the meat. Make sure the thermometer doesn't touch bone or fat. Wait 10 to 15 seconds before reading. Remove meat from heat when thermometer reads the proper temperature. If whole chicken or turkey is stuffed, stuffing must reach 165°F.
How to check internal temperature
Why 2 inches?
Quick-read thermometers sense temperature from the tip to 2 inches up the probe. The resulting temperature is an average along the sensing area. Shop meat thermometers.
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