Well, is your steak cooked properly? Have you ever wondered how cooks working the grill at your favorite steakhouse are able to keep track of the steaks when they have 15 to 20 steaks going at one time?
Different cuts of beef, chicken, and pork, different thicknesses, different start times, some orders are for rare, some medium, some well, some medium rare, on and on non-stop for hours on end?
The answer is by touch, and it’s really not that difficult to learn the difference between a rare, medium and well-done piece of meat. When raw, meat is very soft, as it cooks it becomes firmer, and luckily, you have a built-in gauge on the palm of your hand.
The soft fleshy part of your palm between the thumb and wrist, when relaxed is a perfect example of what a raw steak feels like.
When you gently touch the thumb and forefinger together, this is what a rare steak feels like.
Gently touch the thumb and middle finger together, this is what medium rare feels like.
Gently touch the thumb and ring finger together, this is what medium well feels like.
Gently touch the thumb and pinky together, this is what well done feels like.
Alright, you know the secret, time to work that grill and cook some perfect steaks!