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Is This Food Done Yet?

Follow these tips for determining doneness in 17 popular (and often incorrectly cooked) foods.
Woman looking in oven The Age-Old Question: Is It Done Yet?

Whether you're a seasoned chef executing an intricate holiday meal or a first-time cook trying your hand at eating in, knowing when a dish is done cooking is as important as using the proper ingredients. Use these no-fail doneness cues -- from precise internal temperatures to indications visible to the naked eye -- as signs that your dish is ready for the table. They'll help you achieve perfectly prepared food every time you cook.