How to Tell the Doneness of Meat with Your Finger

Okay, you know how on Top Chef the contestants can touch a piece of meat with their fingertips and they can tell its ‘doneness’? It always impresses because I’m more of a thermometer girl, or–worse yet–a stick a knife in there and poke around girl. Anyway, there really isn’t any magic behind the finger test. It’s just a matter of knowing what you’re feeling for, so says Elise at Simply Recipes. For instance, raw feels like the fleshy bit at the base of your thumb, demonstrated here:

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Now press your pinky to your thumb and feel the same spot. You’ll see that fleshy part has firmed up quite a bit. This is how well-done meat should feel.

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See? No magic at all. Just knowledge and practice. Now head on over to Simply Recipes and continue your lesson!