How Do I Know if it’s Done?

By WKBW Directors

How Do I Know if it’s Done?

Ingredients

How Do I Know if it’s Done?
 
 
Mr. Food’s Doneness Tips

Steak

Here's the secret method used by professional chefs to check for the doneness of steak:
  • Extend your arm, relaxing it slightly.
  • With two fingers, gently push down on the skin beneath the crook of your elbow; it should be soft to the touch. That should be the texture of a rare steak.
  • Moving further down toward the wrist, as the flesh feels firmer, that should be the texture of medium, with the firmest texture being well-done.
General Guidelines for Doneness

To ensure safety and quality, the minimum internal temperature (°F.) on a meat thermometer/appearance should be:
  • Ground meats – 160°
  • Whole cuts (roasts and steaks, etc – 145°
  • Fresh Pork (all cuts, including ground) – 160°
  • Poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) – 165°
  • Eggs – Yolk and white are firm
  • Egg dishes – 160°
  • Fin Fish – 145°
Information courtesy of 2009 Cattlemen's Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association

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