done·​ness | \ ˈdən-nəs \

Definition of doneness

: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

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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 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

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First Known Use of doneness

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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