done·​ness | \ ˈdən-nəs How to pronounce doneness (audio) \

Definition of doneness

: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

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Cutting your food to test for doneness is another common way people bungle their food. Washington Post, "The top 9 grilling mistakes and how to fix them," 29 July 2019 Check for doneness by making a small cut in center to peek inside. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Add eggs and cook, stirring with rubber spatula every few seconds, to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-soft eggs. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Great Breakfast Recipes," 21 June 2018 Cut down to the appropriate, air-fryer-friendly size, a beef top sirloin roast reached a perfect medium-rare doneness inside at the same time it was rendered brown on the outside. Ben Mims, WSJ, "Could This Appliance Replace Your Oven?," 16 Aug. 2018 Cook to desired degree of doneness, 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Strip Steak With Lemon Mashed Potatoes," 15 Mar. 2019 Using a meat thermometer is the most reliable way to know when your pork loin is done, because there aren't any trustworthy visual indicators of doneness as there are for chicken and beef. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Juiciest Pork Loin Ever," 5 Feb. 2019 Check for doneness by peeling up a piece of foil — the crimps should be light golden brown. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Still, over time, cooking at the darkest edge of the doneness has made its way into my at-home repertoire. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Cook’s Trick: Go Ahead and Overdo It," 7 Sep. 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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