How do you want your steak to be done?
As many of you know, I grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa. This life has blessed me with many things. Large open space, enjoyment of rural life, and access to corn-fed Iowa beef! My dad raised Angus cattle and I grew up taking it for granted that we always had a freezer full of fresh ground beef and steak on hand. We didn’t have beef every night of course. But I enjoyed a good cut of steak more often than the average growing child. Now, I won’t say that this made me a full-fledged expert on how to cook steak, but it has certainly proven that there are ways to do it, and ways NOT to do it.
And it’s not just ME who is judging you on how you cook your steak. A new investigation found that almost half of us judge people for how they like their steak cooked. 53% say they would throw someone out if they cooked one the “wrong” way! I do not believe it. I believe in education. Teach someone how to cook a steak. Most people, when asked how they like their steak cooked, answer Medium and Medium-Rare. Each got about a third of the votes. Then there was Rare at 15%, Medium-Well at 11% and Well-Done at 10%.
I understand that how you eat your steak is a matter of personal preference. Honestly, the only way to offend me personally is to order a well-made one. It just seems to remove all the taste from the steak. I relish my lightly seasoned steak, seared for several minutes, then grilled to what I consider medium, tilting towards a good medium. I love that my steak has that hot, pink center, but doesn’t bleed on the plate.
Also, if you season and cook your steak properly, you won’t need any type of steak sauce. And if you use ketchup, well, you are a freak and there is no hope for you.