Temperatures to Safely Cook Meat

22 May 2019 Cottage Meals

Most of us just fire up the barbecue, crank the dial to the highest level and then cook whatever meat we have lined up for the cottage meal. That usually works, but there are actually safe temperature recommendations for cooking different types of meat.

Temperature guide to cook beef, veal, pork, lamb, and chicken

Meat is a often big part of the cottage meal plan. We don’t want to burn the food, but it is important to at least cook the meat at the temperature recommended by health authorities.

The following temperature chart is a great guide to help you become a master cabin chef.

Beef, veal and lamb (pieces and whole cuts)
Medium-rare 63°C (145°F)
Medium 71°C (160°F)
Well-done 77°C (170°F)
Pieces and whole cuts 71°C (160°F)
Poultry (e.g. chicken, turkey, duck)
Pieces 74°C (165°F)
Whole 85°C (185°F)
Ground meat and meat mixtures (burgers, sausages, casseroles)
Beef, veal, lamb and pork 71°C (160°F)
Poultry 74°C (165°F)
Egg dishes 74°C (165°F)
Hot dogs, stuffing, leftovers 74°C (165°F)

Source: Health Canada

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Popular digital meat thermometer
A digital meat thermometer is a great investment for the cottage kitchen.

Useful meat temperature guide magnet
Having the temperature guide located in a convenient place makes it easy to quickly check the recommendations. A meat guide magnate can stick right to the cottage fridge.

See our Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning page for additional helpful advice on how to ensure everyone has a happy meal at the cottage this summer.


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