done·​ness | \ˈdən-nəs \

Definition of doneness 

: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

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Repeat on reverse side until meat reaches desired doneness, 3-5 minutes for medium-rare. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "These Two Sauces Will Make Your Steak More Delicious," 4 Oct. 2018 The formula is simple but highly technical: Stability of oven temperature + accuracy of time applied = internal temperature of the meat, which is the only guide to doneness. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Only Meat Thermometer Any Serious Person Needs," 29 Oct. 2018 Crack it into a ramekin, drop it into just-simmering water with a little vinegar in it, check for doneness by poking it with a slotted spoon. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 One tip for identifying the doneness of your steak: Lightly press a certain finger and your thumb together. Lauren Delgado,, "Grilling tips from Longhorn Steakhouse," 29 June 2018 Five other uses for chopsticks Tester: Check doneness of a big braising cut (such as pork shoulder or leg of lamb) by pushing chopstick into it in several places, wiggling it around, and assessing if the meat is yielding all the way to the bone. The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, Bon Appetit, "14 Kitchen Tips Worth Memorizing," 22 Mar. 2018 Remove the lid and check the doneness of the meat by wiggling the leg and noticing its flexibility at the thigh joint. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar," 22 Feb. 2013 To insure the correct doneness, get and use a good quality meat thermometer. Roxanne Wyss And Kathy Moore, kansascity, "Flavorful roast beef highlights this dad’s skill with the grill," 19 June 2018 Grill to desired doneness (cheese should be melted), about 3 minutes for medium-rare. Ignacio Mattos, Bon Appetit, "Beef Sliders with Provolone and Balsamic Onions," 23 Apr. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doneness

: the state of being cooked completely or enough

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