Tuesday’s Tip of the Week, checking a steak’s done-ness

As a casual reader may have gathered, I am fairly fond of steaks. As a matter of fact, one may go as far as saying I’m somewhat obsessed. And so, I’d like to share with you here, one of the simplest ways by which you can test how cooked a steak is through simple touch. It basically involves holding your fingers in a certain way (pictures after the jump) and touching the base of your thumb with your other hand; the way you hold your fingers, will allow the meaty base of your thumb to mimic the feel of a raw, rare, medium rare, medium or well done steak. Very easy. The only problem I face with this method is that my brain occasionally plays tricks on me, and I’m not able to remember the sensation on my palm when touching the steak. Mind you, once you get the hang of it, it becomes pretty straightforward, especially if you’re cooking in an unfamiliar setting (if find that over time, as I got used to my stove and the different steak thicknesses, I can get doneness spot on based purely on time keeping). Anyway, as promised, pictures after the jump.

So basically, just hold your fingers as shown in the pictures below, and poke the fleshy bit of your palm at the base of the thumb and compare how it feels to your steak in the pan, this should give you a fairly accurate gauge of how cooked the steak is. Remember, a complete set of tips for getting steaks right can be found here.

Raw

Rare

Medium Rare

Medium

Well Done

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