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The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat without a therometer

Method:
NOTE: This method is faster than even an instant read therometer, and no hole means no juices running out. Even if you use a therometer, judge the meat this way first, so you get to know the feel you are looking for. Experiment with a cheaper cut of meat at first?

NOTE: Notice the finger is pushing gently about 1/2 inch or so from the fold on the thumb. RAW MEAT: Open the palm of your hand. Relax the hand. Take the index finger of your other hand and push on the fleshy area between the thumb and the base of the palm. Make sure your hand is relaxed. This is what raw meat feels like. (Check this out the next time you have a raw steak to cook.)

WELL DONE MEAT: Now gently press the tip of your pinky and your thumb together. Again feel the fleshy area below the thumb. It should feel quite firm. This is what well done meat feels like when you press on it. (Check this out the next time you overcook a piece of meat.)

MEDIUM DONE MEAT: Press the tip of your ring finger and your thumb together. The flesh
beneath the thumb should give a little more. This is what meat cooked to a medium doneness feels like.

MEDIUM RARE: Gently press the tip of your middle finger to the tip of your thumb. This is
medium rare.

Press the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb. The fleshy area below the thumb should give quite a bit. This is what meat cooked to rare feels like. Open up your palm again and compare RAW to RARE.
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For Photos showing this method, goto:The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat | Simply
Recipes
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/the_finger_test_to_check_the_doneness_of_meat/

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