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Routt County CSU Extension: Summer grilling: Let’s keep it safe

Recommended temperatures

Using a food thermometer to ensure that meat is cooked properly is the best guard against foodborne illness. The recommended temperatures depend on the type of food:

• Poultry: 165 degrees

• Ground beef and other ground meats: 160 degrees

• Beef, pork and lamb steaks, roasts or chops: 145 degrees

For more information about how to use a meat thermometer, go to the USDA/FSIS Thermometers and Food Safety website.

As the weather gets nicer, there's nothing better than cranking up the grill for a casual get-together with friends or an easy meal after a long day at work.

Whether you are using a campfire, gas or charcoal grill, cooking outdoors can get you out of that hot kitchen and enjoying the summer. But be aware — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food safety-related illnesses increase more than 150 percent during the warmer summertime months.