steak test It relates to tenderness. If you open you hand and press your finger to the base of your other thumb you will notice it is kind of squishy... like a rare steak. As you touch your thumb to your finger you will feel it tighten up. Tighter the feeling of thumb the more cooked your steak is. Example... if touching your thumb and ring finger together... the tension you feel at the base of your thumb resembles the same tension you would feel if you touched your steak and it were medium.