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Food Thermometers

A food thermometer takes the guesswork out of cooking. Cook foods to perfection, so they are tasty and juicy - not overdone.

What Does a Meat thermometer measure?

A meat thermometer actually measures the internal temperature of the meat itself, Each type of meat will have a different temperature. When the correct internal temperature is reached the meat will be at the required doneness. E.g., rare, medium well done. NB. Poultry and processed meat must always be well done. See the cooking chart below.

Temperatures for Cooked Meats

Type of meat Temperature
Poultry
Chicken breasts
Whole chicken or turkey and bone-in pieces

77°C
82°C
Fish 65°C
Red Meat (Beef, lamb and veal)
Rare
Med
Well done
Minced meat and sausages

63°C
71°C
77°C
71°C
Pork
Medium
Well done

71°C
77°C
Ham
Fresh
Reheating Cooked

71°C
60°C

Thermometers are Easy to Use. Here's How:

There are the 'leave-in' style meat thermometers. These are inserted into the thickest part of the meat and remain for the duration of cooking.

'Instant-read' thermometers can be inserted during the cooking to obtain a temperature reading and then removed.

Digital probe thermometers are more costly, but superior when cooking roasts or large pieces in the covered barbecue. A thin sensor that probes the meat is left in the meat while it cooks. The info is available on a small digital display monitor outside the BBQ which updates throughout the cooking.

Whatever the type of thermometer you choose, ensure you read the operating instructions thoroughly before use.