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 How to tell if that steak is done.


Rare

Medium rare

Medium

Medium well

Well done

Don't cut that steak open to see if its cooked enough! Shame, shame, shame. This dries the steak and makes it look like its been attacked.

Simply press on it and feel the resistance. Meat becomes less springy as it cooks. You can use different parts of your forearm to demonstrate this change. With a little practice you can accurately and consistently gauge how well a steak is cooked.

Remember, when in doubt, if the steak is undercooked, it can be put back on the grill and cooked some more. If you've overcooked it, its ruined forever.

 

Rare

A rare steak is red inside. Its center is warm, but not much more. If vegetarians are offended by the sight your rare steak, you got it right. Press on your forearm near the elbow to simulate the springyness of a rare steak.

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Medium rare

A medium rare steak is red in the center but completely heated. The outer rim is pink instead of red. Press on your forearm a little farther from the elbow to feel the resistance of a medium rare steak.


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Medium

The center of a medium steak has red in the center but the most of the steak is pink. Press on the middle of your forearm to simulate the resistance of a steak cooked to medium.

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Medium well

A medium well steak has the slightest trace of red in the center. It is almost all pink but not quite dried out. The resistance most of the way down your arm resembles the resistance of a medium well steak.

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Well done

A well done steak has no red and some would like little or no pink inside. It has very little springyness to it.


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