A handy grilling trick

(Forgive me the pun, I couldn’t resist)

Seems like most of my childhood memories involving summer also involve the grill – from chicken to kielbasa (what can I say? I am nearly 1/2 Polish) to burgers to steaks.

So, now that summer is officially upon us, time once again to fire up the grills!

Don’t have a meat thermometer handy to test how done your steak it? Not a problem, you can tell how done a steak is without cutting into it using the hand test:

Rare: Relax your hand and with the other hand press the soft fleshy part of your relaxed hand at the base of your thumb. This soft texture is similar to the texture of a blue rare to rare steak.

Medium-Rare: Touch the tips of your thumb and your forefinger together and again touch the fleshy part at the base of your thumb. This texture is similar to a medium-rare steak.

Medium: Touch the tips of your thumb and your middle finger. This firmer texture is similar to the texture of a medium steak.

Medium-Well: Touch the tips of your thumb and your ring finger. The semi-firm texture at the base of your thumb is similar to a medium-well steak.

Well Done: Touch the tips of your thumb and your pinkie finger. The very firm texture at the base of your thumb is similar to a well-done steak.

(Via The Beer Store – more info on selecting steaks and temps if you do have a meat thermometer on hand.)

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