Is It Done Yet? How to Tell When Your Meat Is Cooked

Learn 4 ways to really know if you meat is done without cutting it open.

Even though I’ve cooked meat on the grill (and on my stovetop) one zillion times, I still get a little anxious about cutting into it once it’s off the heat in case it’s not done–especially if I’m serving people other than my immediate family. There’s nothing worse than taking meat off the grill only to sheepishly return soon after and put your partially cooked steak, chicken or burger back on the flames. It’s downright embarrassing.

I could use a thermometer, but since I work as an associate food editor at EatingWell Magazine, quite frankly I feel I should “just know” when my meat is done. This is foolish pride speaking here, because I want to stress that the only way to know if your meat is really cooked is to use a thermometer. But if you want to try your hand at looking cool, here are a few ways to know if your meat is cooked and more about using that trusty thermometer successfully.

—Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor

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