doneness

noun

done·​ness ˈdən-nəs How to pronounce doneness (audio)
: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

Examples of doneness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To test for doneness, gently shake the tart; if the middle wobbles just a little (and still appears undercooked) but the sides seem solid, it is done. Kathy Gunst, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 Overcooked frittata is dry and rubbery, so start checking for doneness after 15 minutes. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 7 Mar. 2024 Maine lobster was ground to a velvety texture, tucked into pasta and cooked to just the right amount of doneness, then covered in a tomato cream sauce dotted with roasted garlic cloves. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 29 Feb. 2024 Using the same pan, melt 1 tablespoon of the ghee over high heat and sear the burgers until golden brown on both sides, 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium doneness for 11⁄2-inch-thick burgers. 5. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 Microwave on high for 8 minutes, then pierce it with the tines of a fork to check doneness. Nancy Baggett, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Remove from heat when an instant-read thermometer registers 150 degrees for medium doneness. Mary G. Pepitone, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Use your opposite hand to touch the fleshy area between your thumb and the base of your palm to assess level of doneness. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 May 2023 Visual cues to doneness are more important than cooking time. Cindy Dampier, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doneness was in 1927

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“Doneness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doneness. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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doneness

noun
done·​ness ˈdən-nəs How to pronounce doneness (audio)
: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree
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