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Meat Temperature Conversion Chart

Updated on September 16, 2009

Let's just say you crack open that French cook book and realize that not only is it NOT in English, but all the temperatures are in celsius... Don't panic! Below, I've compiled a helpful reference guide to easily and accurately convert celsius to fahrenheit. Not only does this guide have the numbers you need, but will also tell you what temperatures are rare through well-done for the various protiens you're likely to cook with.

For your own reference (in case you're not near the computer), you can convert fahrenheit to celsius by subtracting 32, then multiplying by 5 and then diving that number by 9. For example:

212 degrees fahrenheit - 32 degrees = 180 degrees.

180 degrees x 5 = 900 degrees.

900 degrees divided by 9 = 100 degrees celsius.

Therefore, 212 degrees fahrenheit = 100 degrees celsius.

For Beef and Lamb:

  • Rare - 120 to 130 fahrenheit or 48 to 52 celsius
  • Medium-Rare - 130 to 135 fahrenheit or 54 to 56 celsius
  • Medium - 140 to 150 fahrenheit or 60 to 65 celsius
  • Medium-Well - 155 to 165 fahrenheit or 68 to 74 celsius
  • Well-Done - 170 and above fahrenheit or 76 celsius and up

For Pork:

  • Rare (Not Recommended) - 130 fahrenheit or 52 celsius
  • Medium-Rare - 140 fahrenheit or 60 celsius
  • Medium - 150 fahrenheit or 65 celsius
  • Medium-Well - 160 fahrenheit or 70 celsius
  • Well-Done - 170 and above fahrenheit or 76 celsius and up

For Poultry:

  • Medium (Duck Only) - 150 fahrenheit or 65 celsius
  • White Meat - 165 fahrenheit or 74 celsius
  • Dark Meat - 175 fahrenheit or 80 celsius

Hopefully this information was helpful and please feel free to check out my other informative hubs regarding cooking. If you ever have any questions about cooking techniques or anything kitchen-related, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer you as soon as possible. Thanks and Salud!



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