September 1998 Issue

Take Guesswork Out of Cooking: Use a Thermometer

"Meat" thermometers are not just for Thanksgiving turkey anymore; they should be used on all foods. That's the latest food safety message from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which says using a thermometer is the only way to be sure food reaches a temperature high enough to destroy dangerous bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli O157:H7. "Brown in the Middle" No Longer Safe. USDA's advice used to be to cook burgers until

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