Pork / Pork cooking temperature
Note: August 2011, USDA Lowers Pork's Minimum Cooking Temperature To 145 °F
With infinite ways to prepare pork we can only make recommendations
for pork cooking temperatures. There are three rules of thumb
to aid in preparing pork safely. If you follow these rules when
preparing your meal your chances of being successful are greatly
enhanced. The U.S. Government states that pork should be 145 degree
F. to be considered 'done'. This is when harmful bacteria that
has possibly come in contact with your pork is no longer harmful.
Pork cooking temperature Rule #1
Mainly for roast or thicker cuts of meat. 30 minutes per pound
when cooking in approximately a 350 degree F. environment.
Pork cooking temperature Rule #2
Internal temperature for pork, no matter how long it takes, should
be at least 145 degrees F. This happens faster with thin cuts of meat are
cooked with high temperature and slower with thicker cuts of meat
using lower temperature.
Pork cooking temperature Rule #3
Buy a meat thermometer. This
will save you a lot of grief. Some people will slice into pork
to see if it is done. This releases liquids in the pork that make
the pork more succulent. A meat thermometer makes a tiny hole so loss of
moisture is greatly reduced. A meat thermometer makes estimating
the time your pork will be done easier with out releasing liquids
or de-facing your dinner.