How to Use a Meat Thermometer: Guide to Meat Cooking Temperatures

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 4 min read

Cook time for food is often determined with the senses: an aroma in the air, a taste, or a visual inspection. When it comes to cooking meat, the best way to check for doneness is with a food thermometer. A perfectly-cooked steak is tender, juicy, and at least 140°F on the inside. From handling to cooking to storage, food should always be kept at the right temperature in order to be safe to eat. It’s particularly important to keep an eye on the temperature of meat to make sure it reaches the optimal temperature for consumption.