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Old 06-21-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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I like my steak medium. I want it to be pink in the center. My wife likes her steaks cooked past well done. She wants it almost burnt. I tell her she may as well order shoe leather so we can save some money.
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Crispy on the outside still mooing on the inside.
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:30 AM
 
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When I was a kid, my parents always made me get steak well-done. When I reached the age where I would go out on my own, I tried medium-rare and I have never looked back.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Central Georgia USA
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I cannot discern any taste difference between "no red" and "damned near carbonized." They both taste like sawdust to me.

What's the deal with "don't want to see any red?" It's just myoglobin. As far as I'm concerned, once a person decides it's OK to kill an animal and eat it, what's a little myoglobin in the meat? It's meat after all. Not a carrot. Cooking a steak that far cooks out most of the intramuscular fat, and denatures the proteins to the point where the meat is tough. There's no way around this -- it's chemistry.
OH , but there is a lot of difference in the taste. I like mine medium well , but being well-done is far from being "carbonized " , lol. Now being "carbonized" and tasting like sawdust is such an overstatement.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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How do you guys like your meats cooked, especially steak?

I still prefer my meat to not have any bloodiness to it.

There was a thought that some people change their preferences for how they like their steak cooked, well done as a young kid, and then rare as they got older.

Me, been consistent from young age to now, I just can't stomach bloody meat. Granted well done can make meat too tough, so I like medium well, a nice balance between no blood and still tasty.
No doubt, before this thread progresses very far, someone is going to point out to you that the red fluid you see in rare meat is not blood. But I digress....

I prefer my meat (all meat, not just beef), cooked VERY VERY VERY VERY well done. As well done as you can cook it and it still be [barely] edible. I prefer my meat a little dried out and a little chewy. That is my preference. Yes, I was raised with my meat being well cooked, and yes, I HAVE tried meat that was not cooked as well, and I did not like it. I do not like meat that is "tender", which seems to be some kind of bizarre obsession with the general population. I find meat like that boring and unpleasant to eat. I like some mouth texture, some resistence. I am a person who values texture over taste usually.

Often it is very difficult for me to get food cooked to my desired level of doneness at restaurants. Beef is not quite so bad because most restaurants are used to people asking for food to be cooked to order, but asking for your chicken or pork chops or shrimp to be cooked A LOT, is like asking for the moon. Most of the time the kitchen personnel have NO EARTHLY notion how to cook shrimp so that they are tough, rubbery little balls rather than limp, tasteless blobs. When it comes to seafood or fish and usually chicken, I always opt for deep fried to make sure that it is, in fact cooked enough but I have had many disappointments with even fried foods not being cooked sufficiently for my preferences.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Medium rare to medium for steak. Longer for burgers. I like some pink in steak, but in ground beef, pink grosses me out.
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I want a nice aged steak cooked just like this...

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Old 06-21-2014, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I like my beef prepared medium for steaks and medium well for burgers.
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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Medium. YUMO
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Old 06-21-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I don't eat meat any more, but when I did, I liked it still breathing....I always ordered it 'bleu'.

LOVED steak tartare!
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