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Who would ever want to eat an overdone or undercooked steak? The secret to perfectly cooked meat is an instant-read thermometer. Whether cooking a burger or roasting a beef tenderloin, you want to always take the temperature of the area of the meat that will be the last to finish cooking, which is the thickest part or, in some cases, the center. Bones conduct heat, so if the meat you are cooking contains bone, make sure that the thermometer is not hitting it. ForRead More »from How to Cook Steak Perfectly Every Time