March 23rd, 2010 10:18 EST
It`s Safe and Sane To Still Love Your Meat Tender And Juicy!
OK, everyone knows I pride myself on personally enjoying and consistently providing my members, customers, associates, family and friends with the supreme and superior, top quality, prime steaks found anywhere in the world, from the America`s to Japan!
So obviously,, as this is not only my livelihood " but my life, " I most definitely know more about steak than most people will ever even imagine that there IS " to know about this juicy subject.
But to be quite honest with you, I have to honestly admit to you right now, that I was totally blown away and thoroughly surprised when I found out what the actual truth is regarding this very common question.
If that`s not a big enough hint for you, I will add the following sentence to the explanation. The answer may not be at all what you probably thought it would be, based on what most of us know about nutrition, science, and health.
As you all know, I`m not really a doctor " nor do I even actually pretend to play one on television " so allow me to simply present to you the answer to this age old question about cooking steak, as explained to us by Dr. Janessa R. Slatky, RD, LD, who just happens to be a Clinical Dietitian for Seton Northwest Hospital
Dr. Slatky wrote a very fascinating explanation for a wonderful health oriented website that I turn to regularly, when I need medical or health information, and that website is Good Health! "
Here is exactly what she had to say. I am confident that you will find this information as fascinating and thrilling as I do, because while I do want to make sure that myself and my family are always well protected, kept safe and secure and are consistently well taken care of and kept " uhhhhh ". Well ". WELL " " I have to admit, that when you put a Prime cut of quality steak on the grill, you want to be sure to cook it in such a way that it is tender, juicy, flavorful and succulent, not simply burned to a crisp in order to avoid germs and potential illness.
So here`s the GREAT NEWS, straight from the Doctors mouth:
Only the outside of a steak is at risk for contamination because it is the only part that has been exposed to oxygen, a knife, and the person handling it. When you order a steak rare or medium rare, the outside of the steak is cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, destroying most possible contaminants. Of course there is going to be risk involved in eating meat that is not fully cooked and therefore anyone with a suppressed immune system (children, elderly, the ill) should always lean towards more fully cooked steak.
When beef is ground into hamburger, any contamination that was on the outside is now spread throughout the whole meat and should be fully cooked to 155 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 15 seconds to destroy most possible contaminants. However, your favorite burger joint can still serve you a medium-rare burger at your request provided there is a consumer advisory on the menu "
Awesome, so it turns out it`s not true that you have to cook all of the tenderness and succulent, juicy flavor out of your prime, gourmet cuts of steak, just to ensure that you and your family stay healthy!
Now if you ask me " that`s really GREAT NEWS!
Dig In my friend, Dig In!
Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock