How to check your meat is cooked properly
Know the three things to check - or use a meat thermometer
Meat products that are minced or skewered, such as burgers, sausages and kebabs, must always be cooked through to the centre, along with poultry and pork products.
It’s important to check that meat is cooked thoroughly to protect yourself and others from food poisoning. Cooking meat properly kills the bacteria that cause food poisoning.
How to use a meat thermometer
- Take your food off the heat and insert a clean thermometer probe into the thickest part of the meat or poultry. It is fully cooked when the temperature reaches 75ºC.
- The thickest part of the meat is usually the centre (for example, of a burger or sausage). In a whole chicken or turkey, the thickest part is between the breast and the leg.
- You can use a digital or dial meat thermometer.
- Always make sure you wash the meat thermometer thoroughly afterwards.
What if I don’t have a meat thermometer?
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, there are three visual checks that must done. Pierce the thickest part of the meat with a fork or skewer and check that:
- The juices run clear
- It is piping hot all the way through (it should be steaming)
- There is no pink meat left.