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How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage

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How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Raw pork can contain several bacteria and parasites, and raw pork sausage is no exception. When preparing pork sausage, take special care to avoid exposing yourself and your family to bacteria such as salmonella and staphylococcus aureus, and to a particular parasite known as trichinella spiralis. Following a few simple preparation steps for the pork sausage will allow your family to enjoy it without worrying about foodborne illness.

Step 1

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Defrost the pork sausage if it is frozen. You can do this in the microwave, overnight in the refrigerator or by using cold water. Do not let pork products stand at room temperature to thaw.

Step 2

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before preparing the pork sausage.

Step 3

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Remove the sausage from its packaging. Immediately throw the packaging in the trash, and disinfect any surface or utensil with which the packaging came into contact.

Step 4

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Fry or microwave ground sausage meat. If you are using a frying pan, cook the sausage over medium heat until no pink meat remains. The same is true for microwave cooking.

Step 5

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Broil, grill or bake pork sausage links. For baking, you should set your oven to 325 degrees F. Sausage links are safe to eat at an internal temperature of 160 degrees F as measured by a meat thermometer, or when no pink meat remains within the link.

Step 6

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Wash your hands thoroughly again using hot water and soap.

Step 7

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Disinfect all surfaces contaminated by the raw pork sausage. Place all utensils, such as knives and cutting boards, in your dishwasher, or wash them in very hot water and dish soap.

Step 8

How to Safely Cook Pork Sausage
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Serve the safely prepared pork sausage while warm.

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