There is nothing like a good high-quality steak. A thick t-bone, bone-in rib eye, sirloin, or NY strip is just the thing to satisfy that carnal craving that only a steak can satisfy. A steak dinner cannot be compared when accompanied by complimentary side dishes, such as mashed potatoes and a bottle of wine. The quality of steak is important, but that is only half the battle. The temperature you choose for your steak is just as important as the steak and side dishes themselves. However, the one thing you don’t want to do is have your steak cooked well-done.

Reasons not to order a steak well-done

If you hate the sight of blood or rare-cooked meat, then perhaps you should opt for a meat dish, other than a steak, that’s designed to be cooked well-done. Personal and professional experience has taught chefs that ordering a steak well-done is a waste of money as well as a loss in the dining experience. Here are a few reasons why you should not order your steak well-done.

Destroying the quality of the steak

Believe it or not, a lot of hard work and planning goes into creating a good quality steak which includes the raising of cattle, butchering and aging, and of course, how the meat is stored and prepared. All of this work is designed to serve steak at a temperature of medium or less, but most chefs agree that medium rare is the best choice for steak.

You lose flavor as well as texture

Ordering a steak well-done can lead to a very tough and unpleasant texture of the meat. Not only does cooking your steak well-done affect the taste by cooking out the flavor of the meat, it makes the meat tougher. A steak should be moist, tender, juicy, and flavorful to be truly appreciated.

Well-done steak may not be as healthy as medium or less steak

Meat that has been cooked at a well-done temperature contains higher concentrations of glycotoxins, which can contribute to age-related dementia as well as increase your risk of pancreatic cancer.

Learn from the pros

New Jersey is a fountain of fine dining and catering. By taking advantage of our private cooking classes, you can learn the finer points of preparing steaks and other types of meats to take full advantage of all a good cut of meat has to offer. If taking a cooking class is not an option, then consider hiring a personal chef to prepare a good steak dinner for you and pick up a few tips along the way on the best ways to prepare and enjoy steak.

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