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#1 Sep 23 2012 at 6:17 PM Rating: Good
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#3 Sep 24 2012 at 7:43 AM Rating: Decent
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I prefer medium rare myself. So, it was rare? And instead of cooking it more you ate it?
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#4 Sep 24 2012 at 8:16 AM Rating: Good
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I had a pretty good steak this weekend, too. I think it was still mooing as it was shoved into the oven.
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#5 Sep 24 2012 at 8:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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I had a pretty good steak this weekend, too. I think it was still mooing as it was shoved into the oven.


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#6 Sep 24 2012 at 9:57 AM Rating: Good
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Steak must be bloody rare for me. Slap it off the cow, warm it up on each side and hand it over to me. I love a good Pittsburgh rare (black and blue). It's too rare for Ray and he said he's waiting for me to end up in the hospital with some stomach bug or worm that I ingested from a too rare steak. Now I must go have lunch at Ruth's Chris.
#7 Sep 24 2012 at 10:23 AM Rating: Excellent
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I don't like steak that looks like a grenade victim, but I'll never understand how anyone can eat a well done steak. To me it's like gnawing on rawhide. I've got beef jerky for that.
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lolgaxe wrote:
I don't like steak that looks like a grenade victim, but I'll never understand how anyone can eat a well done steak. To me it's like gnawing on rawhide.
I guess you could say I'm after that texture. I find pink meat to be too soft, chewy, and bubblegum-like in consistency.
#9 Sep 24 2012 at 12:13 PM Rating: Excellent
Then it's not cooked correctly for the cut. A med-rare steak should not be in any way chewy. Overcooked meat is far more chewy. If you get a rare steak it can be a bit chewy depending on the cut, but I find it easier to chew then well done would be.

I prefer my steaks on the edge between rare and med-rare. Depends on the quality of the cut of course.
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Sir Xsarus wrote:
Then it's not cooked correctly for the cut.

I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.
#11 Sep 24 2012 at 1:03 PM Rating: Good
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Then it's not cooked correctly for the cut.

I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.
What Joph said.
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Medium rare is the good stuff. Slightly crispy on the outside and pink, bordering to red, on the inside. That's some good stuff.

I always cook my beef medium rare. Of course, the definition of medium rare tends to move around a bit when I'm cooking. Charcoal and bloody is, for instance, also a shade of medium rare in my kitchen.
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Allegory wrote:
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Then it's not cooked correctly for the cut.

I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.
I think the general idea is that you can get an equivalent food experience by having a different cut of meat prepared in that manner. Typically this is used when someone has an expensive cut of meat cooked beyond the point that would differentiate it from less costly options. Obviously, as long as the end-user is happy, that's all that really matters.
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Allegory wrote:
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Then it's not cooked correctly for the cut.

I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.


I don't think it's a matter of thinking you're enjoying your food wrong, so much as enjoying something which could be obtained more cheaply (hence the reference to cuts of meat). The higher grade cuts of meat (which you will pay more for) are more expensive precisely because they will have a better taste/texture when cooked medium rare (or less). They will taste no better when cooked well (or medium) than a much less expensive cut.

So if you're buying the cheapest bulk meat you can get at the grocery store and cooking it medium or well on your own grill or stove, no one's likely to comment. But if you're going into a high end steak restaurant and paying $30 or more for a steak and asking for it medium or well, you will raise eyebrows (although asking for medium in a restaurant will usually get you something more on the medium rare side anyway). It's kinda like putting premium gas in a car that doesn't require it. You *can* do so, and it wont hurt anything. But you're really just wasting your money.

Or... Um... What Spoonless said. Smiley: glare

Edited, Sep 24th 2012 2:02pm by gbaji
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#15 Sep 24 2012 at 5:44 PM Rating: Good
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I prefer my steak rare, so this means it was probably closer to blue. I am closer to getting my scallops sauteed with a brown crust... Either way dinner was yummy!

And Gbaji and Spoonless have a point, lower cuts meat need to be marinated and grilled or browned and cooked slow and low. High end cuts love butter finishing. Mmmmmm.... But to each their own taste. If you are paying for it, get it the way want.
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Allegory wrote:
I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.
You should vacation in NYC then. I've gotten more than my fair share of "You know why you're wrong for eating that food" speeches from dietary fascists in my time.
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#17 Sep 25 2012 at 9:32 AM Rating: Good
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As if I'd visit the frozen north. I guess I'll just have to find a way to do without having my eating habits criticized by a hipster.
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Allegory wrote:
I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.
You should vacation in NYC then. I've gotten more than my fair share of "You know why you're wrong for eating that food" speeches from dietary fascists in my time.
That's when it's time for a witty comeback like "oh yeah, well your face is wrong!".
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Now that "dietary fascists" and "hipster" has been presented in this thread, it's time for this:

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No, I don't think it was.
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#21 Sep 25 2012 at 11:46 AM Rating: Good
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I expected it to be a parody of "Don't Dream It, Be It" from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and was disappointed. Doubly so when it wasn't even that good of a song.
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#22 Sep 26 2012 at 9:14 AM Rating: Decent
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Allegory wrote:
Sir Xsarus wrote:
Then it's not cooked correctly for the cut.

I think you can imagine how often I've heard that. I get a little smirk from thinking that I'm somehow enjoying my food wrong.

Smiley: dubious But you weren't enjoying your rare/medium-rare steak, precisely because you were doing it wrong. It shouldn't ever be described by the adjectives you used. Well, soft was acceptable.

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Now it makes sense. I don't know why I ever thought I knew what I liked. Like people who say they like mustard or ketchup. They've just never had a well prepared mayo to show them how wrong they are.
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I like mustard and ketchup and mayo.

The point they're trying to make is that the medium rare steak you had was likely prepared incorrectly due to the description you gave. Medium rare should not be chewy and bubblegum-like. Whether you enjoy chewy and bubblegum-like does not matter, the point is that medium rare should not be like that. As such, you may have gotten a wrong impression of medium rare.

To use an exaggerated example: I order an omelet and someone accidentally cracks an entire egg, with shell, into the mix. I receive the omelet and find it crunchy and strangely uncomfortable to eat. As such, I draw the conclusion that omelets are crunchy and uncomfortable to eat and therefore I dislike them. However, someone comes along and says "well, omelets aren't supposed to be crunchy... perhaps someone dropped an egg shell into the mix." That person is not saying that I should like omelets, he's just saying that omelets shouldn't be made with egg shells and that perhaps tasting an omelet without egg shells in it would change my opinion.

I think.

Edited, Sep 26th 2012 6:41pm by Mazra
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Mazra wrote:
The point they're trying to make is that the medium rare steak you had was likely prepared incorrectly due to the description you gave. Medium rare should not be chewy and bubblegum-like. Whether you enjoy chewy and bubblegum-like does not matter, the point is that medium rare should not be like that. As such, you may have gotten a wrong impression of medium rare.


Allegory doesn't care what the official definition of medium-rare is, he prefers his definition.
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