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Why Rest Time is Important

    After you remove meat from a grill, oven or other heat source, allow it to rest for the specified amount of time. During the rest time, its temperatures remains constant or continues to rise, which destroys harmful germs.


    By using this chart and food thermometer, cooks can ensure that meat, poultry, seafood and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature. Remember you can' tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it. Any cooked, uncured red meat - including pork - can be pink, even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature.


CategoryFoodTemperature (°F)Rest time
Ground Meat & Meat MixturesBeef, Pork, Veal & Lamb160None
 Turkey & Chicken165None
Fresh Beef, Veal & LambSteaks, Roasts & Chops1453 Minutes
PoultryChicken & Turkey Whole165None
 Poultry Breasts & Roasts165None
 Poultry Thighs, Legs & Wings165None
 Duck & Goose165None
 Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird)165None
Pork & HamFresh Pork1453 Minutes
 Fresh Ham (raw)1453 Minutes
 Precooked Ham (to reheat)1403 Minutes
Eggs & Egg DishesEggsCooked until yolk and white are firm.None
 Egg Dishes160None
Leftover & CasserolesLeftovers165None
SeafoodFin Fish145 or cook until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork.None
 Shrimp, Lobster & CrabsCook until flesh is pearly and opaque.None
 Clams, Oysters & Mussels Cook until shells open during cooking. None
 Scallops Cook until flesh is milky white or opaque and firm. None