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Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165

Do you have to follow this?

I bought some of the pre-cut ones at the store because I wanted to make a big breakfast the other day.

The bag says to cook them to an internal temp of 165 degrees. It's kind of hard to get a cooking therm. into a little shred of potatoes.

I've always wondered this about foods that have a suggested internal cooking temperature. Obviously for some foods, it probably matters.

I can't see how potatoes that are a bit not cooked all the way can be bad for you?


bigberg2000
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re: Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165
I mean you won't get sick or anything.


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BottomlandBrew
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re: Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165
I'd imagine that's a CYA thing for the hash brown maker.


Rohan2Reed
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re: Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165
are they frozen hash browns?


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MeridianDog
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re: Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165
Those are HACCP guidelines set by a lawyer committee. As long as they are fully cooked you should be ok. The worry has increased over the past few years with the increase in food born illness from vegetables that are commercially prepared for home cooking


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Tommy Patel
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re: Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165
probably just Food regulations for legal purposes. I've always just cooked hashed tators in a skillet on medium high for about 10 minutes, that gets em not too crispy or too mushy, just right.


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hungryone
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re: Cooking hash browns to internal temp of 165
It's not just a CYA, it's a basic food safety practice. Those potato shreds were peeled & processed in a factory, where high volume is the rule. Volume increases exposure. And with frozen foods, you can't guarantee that some person along the supply chain didn't allow the stuff to defrost and then refreeze, again increasing the potential for bacterial growth (ie, letting 'em sit on a pallet in the back of Winn Dixie while someone went on break, or you drive home took 45 minutes in August with the potatoes in your trunk).

Anyway, if you actually cook the hash browns in a skillet until they're browned, you'll well exceed 165, no need for a thermometer. Insufficient temp problems tend to arise with microwaving--often microwaved items might reach a food-safe temp in one area, yet other parts of the dish aren't fully heated.


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This is correct

Basic food HACCP

Unfortunately written by lawyers these days


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