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What temperature should I cook my chicken to?

Poultry should generally be cooked to an internal temperature of 165ºF. Use an instant read meat thermometer for the most accurate results, and test the center of the meat to get the temperature. Chicken can be cooked to a lower temperature if this guide of holding internal temperature for a …

What temperature should I cook my pork to?

Fresh, whole muscles cuts of pork like pork chops, pork roasts, and pork tenderloins should be cooked to at least 145ºF for safety. Previously, it was recommended that these cuts were cooked to 160ºF. However, with advances in the pork production process, 145º is now considered safe for whole muscle …

What tools do I need to have for my kitchen?

Just like we do with seasonings, we try to keep the tools needed for our recipes simple. Here are the top 10 tools we recommend you have for your kitchen at home: Meat thermometer – this tool can literally save your life. Make sure you cook your foods to proper …

What is a lean cut of meat?

Lean meat is a term controlled by the USDA, and cuts that are termed a lean cut need to meet specific nutritional guidelines. These cuts are excellent ways to incorporate nutritious protein into your diet. Here are the guidelines for a cut to be considered lean: Lean Meat – per 3 …

What cuts of pork are lean?

It’s easy to eat lean with pork. While pulled pork from the pork shoulder, bacon, and hams may not be lean cuts, much of the middle, loin portion of the pig is considered lean. Feel free to grill, BBQ, and sauté away on these lean cuts of pork: Extra Lean …

What basic seasonings does LGCM recommend I keep in my kitchen?

We try to keep our recipes simple so that you don’t have to make a trip to a specialty spice store every time you want to make a recipe you see on our website. Some recipes call for exotic ingredients, but you’ll be able to make most of our recipes …

What temperature should I cook my beef to?

Here are our guidelines for cooking beef to ensure it is safe to eat: Use an instant read meat thermometer for the most accurate results, and test the center of the meat to get a temperature. Mechanically processed cuts of beef like ground beef, hamburger patties, and cube steaks need …

Freezing Meat – How long can you freeze meat?

How long does frozen meat last? If you keep food frozen at 0ºF or below, it will stay safe to eat indefinitely. However, after time, the quality will degrade and you may start to develop freezer burn on the packages. Freezer burn is not a food safety problem, just a …

How long is meat good in the refrigerator for?

Unlike frozen meat, meat in the refrigerator will become unsafe to eat if you let it sit too long. Here are our general guidelines on how long food is good for in a 40ºF refrigerator: Beef Steaks & Roasts | 2 – 4 days Ground Beef | 1 – 2 days Pork …

How long is the food in my refrigerator good for after the power goes out?

Generally, you want to discard any meat that is above 40ºF for more than 2 hours, because at that time and temperature combination, pathogens can start to grow on the meat. Most refrigerators stay cold enough that if the power comes back on in less than 4 hours, the food …

What cuts of beef are lean?

Many cuts of beef are lean, nutritious cuts of meat. Generally, cuts from the round or loin are the most lean cuts. Remember, lean meats can get tough if they’re overcooked. We recommend using low and slow methods of cooking and not cooking these cuts beyond medium (140ºF). Here’s a list …

What cuts of chicken are lean?

Chicken is naturally a very lean protein, but if you don’t watch carefully, you can pick a cut that isn’t lean. The skin of chicken does contain fat, so you want to make sure you select boneless, skinless products if you’re trying to select lean cuts. As an alternative to …