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I am going to cook a beef roast: To which internal temperature should I cook it for rare/medium/well done?

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| Rare        | 120 to 125 degrees F    | center is bright red |
| Medium Rare | 130 to 135 degrees F    | center is very pink  |
| Medium      | 140 to 145 degrees F    | center is light pink |
| Medium Well | 150 to 155 degrees F    | not pink             |
| Well Done   | 160 degrees F and above | brown throughout     |
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I am curious: how did you write the table keeping the '|' aligned? Last time I tried, the parser was ignoring any spaces after the first, with the effect that I would not get what I was trying to obtain (the table as you wrote it). :-) –  kiamlaluno Aug 27 '10 at 14:40
    
@kiam: The table is wrapped in <pre> </pre> tags. Click edit to view. –  hobodave Aug 27 '10 at 14:45
    
grrrrr, I'm having trouble finding the source, but I'd like to point out that the US gov doesn't agree with these numbers at all. Their numbers are much higher. However, I agree with hobodave. The gov is much closer to the numbers on wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef#Internal_temperature –  yossarian Aug 27 '10 at 14:48
    
@hobodave: I wish I could, but outside of Stack Overflow, and English Language and Usage, I cannot edit other users' posts. :-) Thank you for your reply. –  kiamlaluno Aug 27 '10 at 14:49
    
@yoss: yea, the chart tends to differ by about 5 degrees depending on where you read it –  hobodave Aug 27 '10 at 15:03

For some different values see http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/safety-salubrite/cook-temperatures-cuisson-eng.php

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