How can I confirm if meat is cooked without a thermometer?

  • We all know meat should reach a certain temperature whilst cooking before we eat it. This temperature is 160-165°F for most meats. But what if I don't have a thermometer?

    How can I reliably confirm that my dinner is cooked thoroughly if I don't have a thermometer?

  • Nuach

    Nuach Correct answer

    6 years ago

    The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat, by Elise on Simply Recipes

    Raw:

    Open the palm of your hand. Relax the hand. Take the index finger of your other hand and push on the fleshy area between the thumb and the base of the palm. Make sure your hand is relaxed. This is what raw meat feels like. (Check this out the next time you have a raw steak to cook.)

    Welldone:

    Now gently press the tip of your pinky and your thumb together. Again feel the fleshy area below the thumb. It should feel quite firm. This is what well done meat feels like when you press on it. (Check this out the next time you overcook a piece of meat.)

    Medium:

    Press the tip of your ring finger and your thumb together. The flesh beneath the thumb should give a little more. This is what meat cooked to a medium doneness feels like.

    Medium Rare:

    Gently press the tip of your middle finger to the tip of your thumb. This is medium rare.

    Rare

    Press the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb. The fleshy area below the thumb should give quite a bit. This is what meat cooked to rare feels like. Open up your palm again and compare raw to rare.

    Sources: simplyrecipes.com

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    Meat Doneness

    Sources: simplyrecipes.com

    add this infographic and you've got an awesome answer.

    @erich It helps that the answer was plagiarized from somewhere else. The original (or another place that plagiarized it, I'm not sure) already had pictures by the way.

    Hello Nuach, this is a good answer, but I believe it is plagiarized from here. This wouldn't be a problem, but you never attribute this to the original. If you don't do so, I might have to delete this answer. For more on referencing, see the help center. Thanks :)

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