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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. 

Enjoy Your Day!