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How new kit from Lakeland could turn YOU into a molecular masterchef By Lydia Slater UPDATED: 23:57 GMT, 27 January 2012 Appliance of science: Lydia Slater makes the kitchen her laboratory
There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it – use a meat thermometer, or press on the meat with your finger tips. The problem with the meat thermometer approach is that when you poke a hole into the meat with a thermometer, it can let juices escape, juices that you would rather have stay in the meat. For this reason, most experienced cooks rely on a “finger test” method, especially on steaks (whole roasts are better tested with a thermometer). My mother has been trying to get me to test meat with my finger tips for years, and for years, being somewhat of a scaredy cat (won’t it burn my fingers?) I ignored, avoided, ran away from the idea.
So you've decided it's time to learn your way around the kitchen, but you don't really know where to start. From knife basics to budget stretching to proper food storage, here are the most important things you'll want to learn as you become a master chef. Photo remixed from an original by Zhukov Oleg/Shutterstock .