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Old 05-17-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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Fully cooked meat

i have been teaching myself to cook since i moved into my own apartment, but i have been having a lot of trouble in sensing when a cut of meat is done. whenever i'm done cooking, every piece of meat will usually have at least one cut in it already, which of course leads to loss of juices and flavor. i was wondering if anyone had any good tips to help me figure this out.

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Old 05-17-2010, 07:38 PM   #2
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Get a good instant read thermometer. Use it to tell when your meat is as done as you want it to be.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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ditto what frank said
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:59 PM   #4
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The best way when learning to cook is the thermometer. Just be sure to get the point into the center of the meat and not touching bone or near an edge.

Raw meat is soft. As it cooks, it becomes firmer to the touch. So rare is soft, medium is firmer and well done firm. With practice, you will eventually learn to cook this way.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:01 PM   #5
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thank you for the advice, i guess i'll have to bite the bullet and buy more stuff.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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Your best bet is a DIGITAL instant read thermometer. The digitals are more accurate.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:44 AM   #7
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I haven't tried using thermometers of all sorts. I just try to base it on the color of meat. Also, I try to pinch 1 meat and see if it is already done.
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