Anyone preparing for a camping trip that involves outdoor cooking should include a meat thermometer with their camping gear, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says on its foodsafety.gov website.
Outdoor cooking is a prime breeding environment for harmful bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. But cooking food to the right internal temperature can help thwart these dangerous germs.
The agency suggests:
- Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops and roasts to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cook all poultry, hot dogs and any leftover food to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Allow meat to sit for three minutes before carving or eating.
- Be sure to clean the meat thermometer between uses.