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    How do you like your steak?

    Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Order Their Steak Wrong, And That's a Damn Shame



    "There's nothing more American than massive hunks of buttery, juicy, tender-as-hell steak cooked to medium rare perfection.

    Turns out that isn't always the case. As the ubiquitous Longhorn Steakhouse chain assessed from a year's worth of steak orders from all its 491 U.S. locations, Americans overwhelming prefer their beef cuts tragically overcooked.

    In other terms, 75 percent of Americans prefer their steaks well-done, medium-well or medium.

    As any self-respecting chef will tell you--like, say, Gordon Ramsay or Anthony Bourdain--the only way to order a steak is medium-rare. Anything else, or what 77 percent of Americans appear to order, is absolute culinary sacrilege.

    Compare the two cuts below. One is a succulent medium-rare with just enough char on the outside while the other is effectively a leather belt.



    Still, that doesn't stop over 11 percent of Americans from ordering their steaks well-done. See all the dismaying results, below.



    Americans appear to know the error of their beef-loving ways. In a separate poll from 2014, FiveThirtyEight asked participants how they order their steaks, and only 8 percent actually admitted to preferring well-done steak, and a scant 17 percent coughed to medium-well.
    When held up against the hard data of actual orders from Longhorn Steakhouse (over 11 percent well-done and over 25 percent medium-well), it becomes clear that Americans may be lying out of sheer embarrassment.

    Thankfully, certain cuts of steak somewhat lend themselves to being overcooked.
    "Steaks that still perform very well even if you go to a medium-well temperature, those would be the highly marbled steaks, the ribeye, even the porterhouse or T-bone," Jens Dahlmann, the executive chef at Longhorn, told FiveThirtyEight.

    "There is a bone running through the middle, and around the bone retains more moisture and flavor."



    That said, a majority of Americans report ordering certain cuts that should absolutely never be cooked past medium-rare, like sirloins and tenderloins, past medium.

    "If you look at the most tender steak, it's the tenderloin. That's a steak that lends itself to barely cooking it.

    It's got a very soft fiber and very sweet flavors to it. It works great for rare and medium-rare," Dahlmann said—advice most Americans will continue to ignore".

    https://www.maxim.com/entertainment/...ericans-2017-7

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    Ever eaten a raw steak?...

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    Medium rare for me, please. Would rather have it too bloody (is there such a thing?) than overcooked.

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    ^Plus one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    Medium rare for me, please. Would rather have it too bloody (is there such a thing?) than overcooked.
    This.

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    medium rare as well.

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    I am not surprised. Americans tend to be on the stupid side of things. I prefer medium rare but I can take a rare steak just as well.

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    Rare. Preferably still has a pulse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper
    Fock that looks good.

    Hope it doesn't put me off me boiled chicken for lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Medium rare for me, please. Would rather have it too bloody (is there such a thing?) than overcooked.
    I think part of the problem is that few places actually cook steak properly. As I understand it, a medium rare steak should NOT be bleeding all over your plate - if it is, it has not rested long enough before serving.

    Secondly, a medium rare steak undercooked even slightly is heading to blue - i.e. very undercooked for most people. Essentially raw meat, bleeding all over your plate is why people drift to the medium cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub
    I am not surprised. Americans tend to be on the stupid side of things.
    This post.... LOL for so many reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Order Their Steak Wrong, And That's a Damn Shame

    "There's nothing more American than massive hunks of buttery, juicy, tender-as-hell steak cooked to medium rare perfection.
    So medium rare is the only "correct" way to cook/eat steak?


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    I like my steak Argentinian. So have been spoilt and rarely (sic) eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Ever eaten a raw steak?...

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    In Thailand I always find its safest to order a bit more on the medium-well side, otherwise good chance the meat might still be frozen ... know it all types look at you like you're some sort of buffoon though

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    How do you like your steak?
    On someone else’s plate.

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    Was always one of the "well done" types probably until I was in my 30s. Can't remember anymore why I switched to medium rare.

    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    So medium rare is the only "correct" way to cook/eat steak?
    Unless you're underway on a US Navy ship.

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    Joe Sixpack likes shit food, shit accommodation, and shit entertainment. Big fucking deal. This kind of nonsense is just more 'I know more than you' horseshit for the easily impressed.

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    Chateaubriand or similar cut, rare side of medium, with proper chips, (no French fries) onion rings, mushrooms and sliced tomato. A fried egg on top of the steak goes down nice too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper
    Unless you're underway on a US Navy ship.
    Or on a reefer ship outbound from Argentina

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Medium rare for me, please. Would rather have it too bloody (is there such a thing?) than overcooked.
    There is such a thing MK, it's called blue rare and the steak basically walked to the plate!. Some like it that way but not for me though, it's still cold in the middle. I'll have mine the same way you do (med-rare). If steak comes out of the kitchen too rare for anyone, there's no good chef that minds having it sent back to him/her and flashed for another few seconds either side before being re-served.

    Bought a beautiful looking Aussie rump steak this morning, will post another pic when it's cooked.

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    ^ agree re blue

    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Rare. Preferably still has a pulse.
    In Australia that's called a 'Blue' steak ...
    Oh, just knock its horns off, wipe its nasty ass, and chunk it right here on this plate
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    I find the premise of the OP amusing (no disrespect inferred SK).

    Since the length of time cooking a steak is a personal choice ... how can anyone's choice be wrong?

    Sure, the culinary epicureans will have a style/cooking time for them, which reflects the best qualities
    of the steak as they see them.

    But to infer that any other choice then theirs is simple food snobbery.

    An aboriginal breaks open a dying tree stump, inside are several whitchy grubs.
    He/she grabs one, bites it's head off and chows down.

    You are offered one and politely decline.

    Go on, try one ... delish is the encouragement.

    Food preferences are about choices.
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    Eat the steak how you like it and damm the torpedoes
    Perspective is everything ... it's the difference between going through an ordeal or going through an adventure..

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    ^ agree re blue

    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Rare. Preferably still has a pulse.
    In Australia that's called a 'Blue' steak ...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_rare

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    Anyone ever tried carpetbag steak?

    Steak stuffed with oysters. Quite an odd and off-putting sounding name but focking delicious!

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    Always liked steak rare, if I'm eating it. Also like a bit of texture to beef; the grass-fed cattle tends to be a bit more flavoursome than the poor grain-lot critters.
    -Prefer to chew on something that tastes like once ruminated in a meadow, than was handcuffed to a basement radiator, imo.

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