done·ness | \ˈdən-nəs \

Definition of doneness 

: the condition of being cooked to the desired degree

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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 Bake cakes until centers spring back and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, checking the smallest pan for doneness after about 25 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Lemon and Raspberry Wedding Cake with Vanilla Buttercream," 21 May 2018 Grill the patties over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once when the patties release easily from the grate without sticking. Teri Mena, sacbee, "You’ll flip over this recipe for burgers," 12 June 2018 Until it was done, of course, but doneness was subjective. Anne Cassidy, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Mom made fudge by feel," 18 Apr. 2018 Also — don’t cut into the steak to check for doneness. Lauren Delgado,, "Grilling tips from Longhorn Steakhouse," 29 June 2018 An easier way to check for doneness is with a fork; the salmon should be firm and easily flake apart. Blake Bakkila,, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 All burgers will be cooked medium when the restaurant opens; eventually, patrons will be able to customize their burgers’ doneness and seasoning. Larissa Zimberoff, WSJ, "A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food," 21 June 2018

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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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