Frequent question: Should you change utensils when cooking meat?

Do I need to switch utensils when cooking meat?

You need one clean plate and one clean spatula (or tongs) for the fully cooked meat. For the stage in between when you are turning partially cooked chicken, you can use the same spatula you used to put the raw food on the grill.

Can you use the same tongs for raw and cooked meat?

It is absolutely NOT safe to use the same utensils on raw meat and poultry as on cooked. Either wash them thoroughly in warm soapy water in between, or do what I do: use two tongs: one to handle raw food and one for cooked. Also, don’t use tongs on raw meat and then on vegetables.

What guidelines should be followed when cooking meat?

Other points to keep in mind to cook meat safely include:

  • Turn meat over at least once during grilling.
  • Reheat pre-cooked meat to 165°F.
  • If you cook meat from frozen state, add 10-20 minutes cooking time per pound.
  • Never brown or partially cook meat and then refrigerate.
  • Precooked ham should reach 140°F.

Can raw chicken touch cooked chicken?

Never let raw meat, poultry or seafood touch cooked meat or any ready-to-eat foods, as this can cause cross-contamination.

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Can you use the same tongs when cooking chicken?

“If you’re going to cook chicken, I would not use the same tongs,” Kimball said. Just as you would use a different plate for raw chicken and cooked chicken, you should use different tongs—one pair when handling raw chicken and one pair for cooked.

Why are wooden spoons bad?

Wooden cutting boards and spoons can eventually split as they dry out or are exposed to extreme temperature changes. Discard split wooden tools, because food could get trapped in the cracks and allow bacteria to grow. Stains or roughness can be rubbed away with a piece of fine sandpaper.

What is the most unhealthy meat to eat?

In general, red meats (beef, pork and lamb) have more saturated (bad) fat than chicken, fish and vegetable proteins such as beans. Saturated and trans fats can raise your blood cholesterol and make heart disease worse.

How many minutes should you cook meat?

Cook the meat until it reaches a safe internal temperature throughout. Cooking time depends on the size and type of meat you’re making. A smaller portion of meat will take around 30 to 40 minutes, but larger cuts or full roasts could take up to a few hours.