Keep Your Kitchen Clean, Healthy, and Safe

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Take temps

Only 29 percent of Americans have ever used a food thermometer, but it's the best way to tell if you cooked your meal enough to kill bacteria. Pork, ham, steak, roast, and lamb chops need to reach 145 degrees F, ground beef isn't safe to eat until it's 160 degrees F, and poultry requires 165 degrees F.

Pick up a food thermometer (digital works best) in any housewares store.

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