July 25th, 2008

Let Your Hand Be Your Guide

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Check out this great technique for testing the doneness of your steak. All you need is your hand!

This comes to us from the guys over at MensHealth.com . . .

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Check doneness by pressing a steak in the center, says Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible. Then use your thumb, fingers, and the varying firmness of the base of your thumb as your guide.

 

INDEX FINGER: RARE
Internal temp: 125F
Soft and squishy, like a pink sponge

 

 

MIDDLE FINGER: MEDIUM RARE

Internal temp: 145F
Firm but yielding, like a Nerf football 

 

 

RING FINGER: MEDIUM
Internal temp: 160F
Barely yielding, like a racquetball

 

 

PINKY FINGER: WELL 
Internal temp: 170F
Hard yet springy, like a tennis ball

Get other great tips in the entire article here. And have a great weekend grilling up those steaks!!!!