Did you know that when you cook meat, you should not rely solely on appearance or time to determine if it is done or not? For food safety and quality, you should use a food thermometer to ensure meat is thoroughly cooked. The food thermometer should be placed in the thickest part of the meat and should not be touching gristle, bone, or fat. You should begin checking the temperature toward the end of cooking but before the food is expected to be done. Make sure you clean your food thermometer with HOT soapy water before and after each use.
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