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      04-17-2016, 11:11 AM   #1
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Who Age their meats?

Anyone here age their own beef? I never try but would like to know some real life experience (good and bad)

I only have 1 main frig right now so maybe will try to age a roast when I get a 2nd frig in the basement
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You have one of these in your basement?
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You have one of these in your basement?
I am going to go ahead and assume he meant a refrigerator, although mega props if you have a frigate.
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I've dry aged beef a couple times at varying periods of 30, 45 and 60 days in my own mini fridge in the basement. I've posted about it in the BBQ & Grilling thread here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=172

Step 1: Get a large slab of beef, preferably with the bone in and fat cap intact.



Step 2: Age in temperature and humidity controlled space with adequate airflow. I used an old mini fridge in the basement with a small fan. The temperature in my mini fridge fluctuated wildly so I had to check on it at least twice a day to make minor adjustments.



Step 3: I aged this slab for 30 days. Most say you need at least 21 days to notice any appreciable improvements in tenderness. I found 30 days to be the sweet spot with a beefier flavor and good tenderness. At 45 days, the tenderness is even better but the flavor takes on a cheesy/nutty aroma, which is an acquired taste.



Step 4: Trim off dried crust. Started with a 8 lb slab. After the moisture loss and trim from the dry aging process, I am left with just over 5 lbs. Notice the intense, deep purple color of the beef compared to the light pink I started with.



Accounting for the 3 lbs I lost during the dry aging process, I estimate that I paid about ~$18/lb to dry age my own beef, which is easily at least half the price of buying it that way.

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      04-17-2016, 12:38 PM   #5
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I've dry aged beef a couple times at varying periods of 30, 45 and 60 days in my own mini fridge in the basement. I've posted about it in the BBQ & Grilling thread here: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showpo...&postcount=172

Step 1: Get a large slab of beef, preferably with the bone in and fat cap intact.



Step 2: Age in temperature and humidity controlled space with adequate airflow. I used an old mini fridge in the basement with a small fan. The temperature in my mini fridge fluctuated wildly so I had to check on it at least twice a day to make minor adjustments.



Step 3: I aged this slab for 30 days. Most say you need at least 21 days to notice any appreciable improvements in tenderness. I found 30 days to be the sweet spot with a beefier flavor and good tenderness. At 45 days, the tenderness is even better but the flavor takes on a cheesy/nutty aroma, which is an acquired taste.



Step 4: Trim off dried crust. Started with a 8 lb slab. After the moisture loss and trim from the dry aging process, I am left with just over 5 lbs. Notice the intense, deep purple color of the beef compared to the light pink I started with.



Accounting for the 3 lbs I lost during the dry aging process, I estimate that I paid about ~$18/lb to dry age my own beef, which is easily at least half the price of buying it that way.

Enjoy!
Wow, thanks...Im not so sure about the fan inside
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Wow, thanks...Im not so sure about the fan inside
Do not leave out the fan. The most important part is... to have your meat blown. (Sorry, this is OT.)
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Can you freeze any leftover that you dont use...should still be good right
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Wow, thanks...Im not so sure about the fan inside
Do not leave out the fan. The most important part is... To blow your meat. (Sorry, this is OT.)
I know, just afraid the fan motor burns and starf a fire
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My "meat" has been aged 52 years............
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I age my steaks too
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We own a supermarket and we dry age our beef for a minimum of 31 days in a humidity controlled refrigirator.



I would highly suggest having a dedicated fridge as you said. Our fridge has 1 computer fan in each corner to keep a good airflow around the meat. Find a good remote thermometer and adjust your fridge so it stays between 0C and 4C and between 60RH and 80RH. Feel free to ask if you have any question!

I know I'ts a personnal thing but I usually like my beef best when aged around 45 days. Cheers!

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We own a supermarket and we dry age our beef for a minimum of 31 days in a humidity controlled refrigirator.


I would highly suggest having a dedicated fridge as you said. Our fridge has 1 computer fan in each corner to keep a good airflow around the meat. Find a good remote thermometer and adjust your fridge so it stays between 0°C and 4°C and between 60RH and 80RH. Feel free to ask if you have any question!

I know I'ts a personnal thing but I usually like my beef best when aged around 45 days. Cheers!
Thanks for sharing. That looks great.
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Didn't freaking understood a super freaking darn thing????
What the ....huuuuh?
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Didn't freaking understood a super freaking darn thing????
What the ....huuuuh?
Lol....u ever have a juice beefy steak? You get that from a good aged meat
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Lot of hype these days about dry aging meat...
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Lol....u ever have a juice beefy steak? You get that from a good aged meat
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Lot of hype these days about dry aging meat...
Oh ok LOL
Thanks for your explanation guys
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Dry-aged 45 days is deliciousness. I bought the gear to do it awhile back. However, I had meat procurement problems, got busy, and put it on the back burner. Dry-age, sous-vide at 130F, then briefly sear at 700F!
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I guess I do. Wife says my meat has aged.
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Honestly...I don't recall ever trying this. Guess I'm going to need to buy some...see what the hype is all about.
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Honestly...I don't recall ever trying this. Guess I'm going to need to buy some...see what the hype is all about.
I dont think its hype, its like aged cheese and wine. The average supermarket will not carry them as they're more expensive.
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We own a supermarket and we dry age our beef for a minimum of 31 days in a humidity controlled refrigirator.

[IMG]http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...r/IMG_2492.jpg[/IMG]

I would highly suggest having a dedicated fridge as you said. Our fridge has 1 computer fan in each corner to keep a good airflow around the meat. Find a good remote thermometer and adjust your fridge so it stays between 0°C and 4°C and between 60RH and 80RH. Feel free to ask if you have any question!

I know I'ts a personnal thing but I usually like my beef best when aged around 45 days. Cheers!

[IMG]http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o.../IMG_24851.jpg[/IMG]
Dumb question, whats RH? Humidity?
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