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Press the Surface

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Another popular method is to press the surface of a steak with your fingertip. When the meat is no longer soft, but is not yet firm either, you know a steak has reached medium-rare doneness.

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Most raw steaks are as soft as the base of your thumb when your hand is relaxed.

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If you touch your index finger and thumb together, and then press the base of your thumb, that's how most steaks feel when they are rare.

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If you touch your middle finger and thumb together, and then press the base of your thumb, that's how most steaks feel when they are medium rare.

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