Dry Aged Beef…what is it…can I do it at home?
I’ll describe what it is and yes you can Dry Aged Beef at home. A must to try if you love your beef.. But first let me explain a little about Dry Aged Beef.
You’ve likely seen Dry Aged Beef on steakhouse menus or on television or heard about it from people at barbecues. Well what is it?
Dry Ageing is how beef is aged for tenderizing and flavour enhancement. During the 1980’s, the most common process was called Wet Ageing. Now as beef prices started to increase, the industry started vacuum packing the primal cuts to stop moisture loss. Meat is sold by weight so more weight retained, more profit and a way to keep meat affordable. Leaving the meat in the vacuum bag for a length of time was the process of Wet Ageing. The meat became tender but the flavours didn’t improve by much.
Dry Aged Beef is stored in custom designed, dry ageing coolers, at your top line butcher shops, where a complex process incorporates an intricate and delicate balance of time, temperature, air circulation and humidity. Over time, as the beef ages openly, exposed to the elements inside the cooler, the beef’s enzymes break down the collagen, which is what holds the muscle fibres together, and tenderize the meat. The collagen is broken down and all you have left is the protein, giving it a unique flavour and ensuring utmost tenderness. It is actually a controlling of decomposition.
There are many descriptions of the enhanced flavours and these can be different depending on how much marbling the beef has, what the animal’s diet has been and the actual time the beef has been aged.
Some descriptions are: buttery and rich, smooth in taste and texture, superior in taste and tenderness, mellow and intense and earthy and nutty. Quite a few there but I guess it’s like “how do you want your steak done” Everyone has their own taste and opinion.
Does it matter how long it ages?
Well yes. The longer the beef ages, the more tender the beef becomes. The time in the drying cooler will determine the tenderness, flavour and also cost. For the beef to dry, moisture obviously must evaporate. Moisture loss means weight loss which means cost increase. As well as moisture loss, the beef forms a dry crust on the surface. So when the primal is ready for cutting, there will be heavy trimming loss to get to the best tender, tasty beef. Hence the cost also increases.
Some pictures below…
Before Dry Ageing started…
The primal is fresh and moist
21 days after storage….
The primal is starting to dry
30 days after drying..
The moisture has continued to
leave the primal and the crust is forming
120 days drying…
The moisture well and truly evaporated
some 35% of original weight. The heavy
weight loss and trimming will increase
the cost of this beauty for sure.
The end result…
A succulent tender well trimmed piece of steak. It’s for the beef connoisseur to go with an expensive bottle of red wine.
120 days dry aged is quite extreme and any time after 30 days is my recommendation of a minimum time frame. It all depends on each and every persons preference. 40 days, 50 days, etc etc… The flavour and tenderness will just intensify.
So How Can I do this at home?
Yes you can but not exactly the process above.
Our home refrigerator is not designed to keep consistent temperature and humidity control. Lets face it, we have to store everything in our fridge. Vegetables, dairy, cold cuts and meat.
I have found an outstanding product available that you can use to produce your own Dry Aged Beef at home.
- Create Dry Aged Steak in your refrigerator with special UMAi Dry® technology
- Unique UMAi Dry® breathable membrane creates a perfect dry ageing environment
- Use your fridge to age whole sub primal cuts of beef with no mess, no odours
- Your result is delicious dry aged steak that will impress your friends and family
- Once you try UMAi Dry® aged steak, you will know true gourmet steaks
The use of bags is different to the way the experts do it but you can still get a great result. The bags are different to normal bags as during the ageing process the bag turns into a membrane that allows the moisture to escape but not allow oxygen to re-enter the bag creating the perfect seal for dry ageing and eliminate the mess.
This product has been sold for more than 6 years by UMAi Dry® with thousand of satisfied customers.
The kit comes with…
- Vacuum Sealer to apply the bags,
- an assortment of bags for boneless rib eye, strip loin
- smaller roast bags as well as
- vacuum storage bags for your finished dry aged steaks to keep in the freezer
- a complete set of instructions for dry ageing as well as
- adapters for use with the vacuum sealing machine.
Some photos of the process and finished product
Vacuum Packed Beef Primal
Dry Aged Whole Primal
UMAi ® Dry Aged Rib Eye Steaks
Ready To Cook
For click here for replacement Dry Age Bags
Using this kit is easy and yields incredible tasting steaks just like a pro…
As well as the Artisan Dry Aged Steak Starter Kit by UMAi Dry®
you should also try these other
Artisan Dry Ageing Kits by UMAi Dry®
I want you to get enjoyment out of meat and experiencing Dry Aged Beef and Dry Aged Sausages and Dry Aged Charcuterie is some thing you will never forget.
Dry Cured Meats
Artisan Dry Ageing Seasoning’s and Bags by UMAi Dry®
Become a pro at home with
Artisan Dry Ageing Products by UMAi Dry®
and impress your friends and family next time they come over for a BBQ or visit for a drink…
I hope I have answered some questions on Dry Aged Beef and please feel free to leave a comment or if you have further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
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