Education, Health

Why Use a Food Thermometer?


Using a food thermometer is the only sure way to determine if your food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria. Many people rely on “eyeballing” food. This can be misleading, especially if cooking by color. According to USDA research 1 out of 4 hamburgers turn brown in the middle before it has reached a safe internal temperature.

With Thanksgiving approaching a food thermometer is a must for the turkey, dressing and reheating leftovers. We have set up an activity for you to test your knowledge of internal temperatures of food. Complete this five-question quiz and you will be entered to win a digital food thermometer before Thanksgiving.  Go to to take the quiz. Answers can be found on our website



Submitted by Linda Tannehill, UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension; Cooperative Extension Service, Health, Home and Family Development, Kenai Peninsula District.



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