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Is It Done Yet? How to Tell When Your Meat Is Cooked (Page 3)

Feel the meat

2. Feel the meat

Some meat-cooking aficionados like to use the “finger test” as a reference for checking for doneness. There are a couple of ways to do it, but my favorite is as follows: to know what raw meat feels like, pinch the flesh of your hand below your thumb, while your hand is relaxed. To know what medium-rare meat feels like, touch your middle finger lightly to your thumb and pinch it. To know what medium-cooked meat feels like, touch your ring finger to your thumb. To know what well-done meat feels like, touch your pinkie and thumb together. It takes some practice to master this touch-and-feel technique. So use your thermometer as backup until you think you have the hang of the “finger test” method. (This method works best on smaller cuts of meat.)

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