With Memorial day coming up, I’m sure lots of you will be out braving the grill so I thought I’d share one of the coolest tips about cooking steak.
Admit it- how many of you have served up a steak that looks like it was attacked by Freddy because of all of the knife marks in it from when you cut into it to see how done it was? Or how many of you just guess and end up hearing a faint “Moooo” from the still living slab you just slapped on your plate, or result something so dry you need a gallon of Brazilian lemonade to shove it down. (Yes, that was just a shameless plug for Brazilian lemonade).
The absolute best way to test meat doneness is with a meat thermometer. It’s a cheap little instrument and easy to use. But if you don’t have one on hand (or don’t want to look dorky out at the grill with one), this little trick is easy and accurate. All you need are your hands.
With your index finger of your dominant hand, gently press the soft part of your other hand just below the thumb. (See pictures below). This is what a rare steak feels like.
Now if you touch your thumb and forefinger together, then press again, this is how a medium rare steak feels. Touch your thumb and middle finger- you got it: medium steak. Thumb and ring finger: medium well. Finally tough your thumb and pinky finger and you have the feel of a well-done steak.