With dishes like pulled pork

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Make a relaxed fist, with your fingers loosely curled in and your thumb resting atop your index finger. Feel the webbing between your thumb and your index finger: in this position, it will feel the canada goose coats same as a rare piece of meat would feel. Tense/clench your uk canada goose fist a bit uk canada goose outlet more tightly, and now that same area of your hand feels like medium meat would feel. Finally, if you make a real fist, that now tight area of your hand Canada Goose online is going to feel how a piece of well done meat feels. The Face Test:

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The Knife/Pierce Test:

If you poke the piece of chicken with the tip of a sharp knife or a carving fork in its thickest part and the juices run clear (as opposed to red or pink tinged), the meat is done.

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When meat or chicken cooks, it shrinks in size. There is less reduction in size for meat on the bone, but if your piece of chicken is cooked through there should be visible shrinkage. That said, if there is a significant lessening in size, your chicken is probably overcooked.

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Fish: Meaty Fish (Tuna, Swordfish, Halibut, Etc.)Many people like these types of fish cooked rare or medium rare (make sure to get your fish from a reputable monger), so you can definitely use the same means of judging its doneness as you do for beef, pork, or lamb. Since fish doesn’t give off juice the way that meat does, you can even cut into a piece and see that the fish still has a translucent quality to its interior while the exterior is now opaque. These methods also work for fish steaks of the varieties listed below.