Rare, medium or well done ?
Do you know how to tell if a steak is rare, medium or well done? Because meat gets firmer as it’s cooked, you can test meat by touch.
Colour test for doneness.
Rare: Cool Red
Medium Rare: Hot RED Center
Medium: Pink Throughout
Medium Well: Slight trace of Pink
Well Done: Browned throughout.
When ordering a steak, it is better to communicate to the server exactly how you want your meat in the centre and on the outside. For example you may want the steak cooked rare in the center but a slight sear on the outside. Hence its better to explain with your exact preference.
Also instead of just ordering the steak as rare, medium or well done, it’s better to specify the color that you are looking for. This helps counteract screw ups that may occur with your meat.
Palm test to know doneness.
Hold your hand out, palm up. Poke the base of your hand by the base of the thumb. What does it feel like? If you guessed raw meat, you’re right.
Now, make an OK sign with your hand by touching your forefinger and thumb together. Feel the same part of your hand. It’s a little firmer. This is how meat feels when it’s rare.
You’re now going to move to your other fingers, and as you do, you’ll notice the pad of your hand will get progressively firmer.
Touch your middle finger to the tip of your thumb. That’s how a medium rare steak feels.
Next, touch the tip of your ring finger to your thumb. This is what a medium-well will feel like.
Last but not least, touch your pinky to your thumb. That’s the equivalent of a well-done steak.
Now you are a learned steak tester. Go binge on some serious meat!
Source : openrice.com