Beef and lamb are the best meats for steaks as they are nicest served slightly pink. Beef fillet and sirloin steaks are the most tender and rump (from the top of the leg) has the most flavour. Lamb steaks are either leg fillet, or from the loin, or lean shoulders. ‘Frying steak’ is from less tender parts of the animal which have been beaten to tenderize.
With practice you can tell how well a steak is cooked by pressing it with your finger, rather than cutting it open and letting juices escape. Use this guide: blue/very rare – when meat is simply browned on the outside and feels very soft when pressed; rare – meat feels springy when pressed and drops of blood and juices appear on the outside; medium rare – meat feels quite firm and just a little springy and pinkish juices are visible; well done – meat quite firm to touch.
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