Hold out your hand. Now, make a fist. A good tight fist.
With the other hand, poke the fleshy part at the base of your thumb.
Now, loosen your grip a little and poke it again.
Loosen your grip a lot and poke it again.
What in the world are we doing?
We’re checking for doneness! When you’re cooking a piece of meat, like a steak or even a chicken nugget, and you need a way to tell how done it is but you can’t take its temperature, poke it.
Raw meat is like the very loose grip. Medium cooked is like a loose grip and well-done is as firm as a tight fist.
Do remember though, that the recommended cooking temperature for beef is lower than chicken. While it is considered safe to eat medium-rare steak, one should never consume pink chicken.
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