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Is It Done Yet? How to Tell When Your Meat Is Cooked (Page 5)

Did the meat shrink?

4. Check the size—did the meat shrink?

It’s easy to get thrown off by observing just the exterior color of your meat, especially when it comes to something like grilling. Your steak or chicken breast could look ready to eat on the outside with lovely grill marks, but still be cold on the inside. One thing you can observe when you cook on the grill is the size of your meat. If it looks nice and charred on the outside but hasn’t shrunk at all, it’s probably still underdone. If it starts to look smaller, then chances are it’s close to done. The change will be subtle. If your meat is quite a bit smaller than when you started, it may be overcooked.

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