The absolute easiest ways to ruin beef is to overcook or undercook it. Thankfully, it’s an easy problem to solve with a digital meat thermometer.
However, we know that many people may not have or want to use a digital meat thermometer for two reasons.
First, those that don’t have a thermometer typically think they’re too expensive (they’re not … one of our personal favorite meat thermometers is only about $30).
Second, those that have a thermometer and don’t want to use it say it’s because they don’t want to puncture beef before they eat it because they don’t want to loose any juices. There have been lots of studies on this. And although you may loose a little juice by testing it with a thermometer, that’s much better than ruining the entire steak by overcooking it.
If you fall into either of these camps, there are some DIY methods you can use to test beef for doneness. But please know that at our house we always verify the touch tests with a digital instant read meat thermometer.
There are three basic DIY touch tests for doneness — touching the palm of your hand, your fist, and your face. Again, keep in mind that touch tests are very subjective and the only way to make sure you’re not overcooking or undercooking beef is with a meat thermometer.[Read more…]