Monday, April 26, 2010

When is Your Grilled Steak Done?

First important rule, have your grill very very hot!

Testing a steak’s doneness by touch (the poke test)

NEVER cut into a piece of meat being cooked, you'll release the juices and have a very dry steak!

Here is the method the pros use, a simple poke with your finger and you can judge the approximate doneness.

Use the list below as a guide, but experience is the best teacher.

Very Rare Steak – feels soft and squishy

Rare Steak – soft to the touch - - similar to your thigh (unless of course you're a bike rider or wrestler, haha)

Medium-Rare Steak – yields gently to the touch -- make a relaxed fist and the soft part between your thumb and forefinger

Medium Steak – yields only slightly to the touch, beginning to firm up -- like the med rare only a bit farther up your hand where its not as soft

Medium-Well Steak – firm to the touch

Well-Done Steak – hard to the touch

Take the steak off the grill and put onto a heated plate, allow it to sit 4 - 5 minutes before eating so the juices can saturate the entire steak.

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