Many of our meat, egg, and fish recipes’ doneness temperatures represent our assessment of palatability weighed against safety. We think it’s worth taking the small risk to enjoy a rosy steak or pork that isn’t tough.
But if you have a weakened immune system, or are cooking for someone who does, you’ll want to adhere to different temperature guidelines. (We’ve noted in the headnotes of recipes where this applies.) And every home cook should be cognizant of food safety basics, including how to shop for, store, and even defrost certain ingredients.
We’ve collected some food safety information and resources so you can mitigate risks at home and feel confident in the food you prepare.