Living in the present day has a lot of great perks and benefits, but I think one of the greatest things about living in the year 2017 is that we have so many options when it comes to food.
Last weekend, I had vegan corn dogs, and not only were they delicious, but they were also pretty much indistinguishable from the real thing. Kitchens across the world are full of wonderful innovations in food science, but if you’re an avid meat eater, none of those scientists can ever come up with something as beautiful as steak.
Sure; on paper, it’s just a hunk of cow meat slapped onto a plate. But when that plate is in front of you, it’s so much more than that; with gravy, potatoes, peppercorn sauce or even french fries, steak is one of those meats that I can eat and forget about the world, if only just for a little while.
With steak being such a beloved aspect of a meat-lover’s diet, there is bound to be some debate on what constitutes the perfect steak. I am, of course, talking about the intensity to which you like your steak cooked when you order it at a restaurant, and when push comes to shove, the vast majority of Americans don’t meat the standard (pun intended).
For more on this, let’s go to Five Thirty Eight, the website that uses statistics to tell us compelling stories about politics and sport, as well as society in general. In this study, they used their number skills to great effect in helping to work out one of humankind’s most pressing questions: how do Americans like their steak?
To tackle this most important issue, Five Thirty Eight took a year’s worth of data from Longhorn Steakhouse, one of America’s finest purveyors of steak with 491 locations around the country. What they found was pretty interesting; namely, that less than one in four Americans order their steak the absolute correct way: medium rare.
Sure, go down to the comments and tell me I’m wrong, but celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Anthony Bourdain have my back on this one, so I feel pretty secure in saying that medium rare is the only way you can actually enjoy a steak. With that info, it’s a little disconcerting to me that only 22.5 percent of people actually order their steak this way.
Look at that chart. Look at the numbers, and feel shame, America. There is nowhere left to hide. Medium is the most popular (and wrong) order, with 37.5 percent, while as many as 11.7 percent of you (including the president) are wrong as well, ordering your steak well-done. Monsters.
Even worse, a previous study indicated that not only are so many people ordering steak wrong, they know it as well! When Americans were asked to self-report on their ordering habits, only eight percent admitted to ordering their steak well-done, while 38 percent said they were doing it right by ordering it medium-rare.
A lot of those people were pretending.
I hope you’re as shocked and disgusted as I am with the mistreatment of steak in the United States. With this information in mind, the next time you order steak at a restaurant, I hope you’ll do the right thing and order it medium-rare.