Steak Doneness - From Rare to Well, How to Cook a Steak
By Derrick Riches, About.com Guide
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Steak - Raw
To properly gauge when a steak is cooked, you should know something about it before it hits the grill. Familiarizing yourself with the meat will help you learn how it changes as it cooks. I recommend taking a raw steak and getting a feel of it. In its uncooked form, the meat will feel spongy and soft. The fat around the steak will be harder. As the meat cooks, it becomes firmer and increasingly solid through the middle.