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Old 02-21-2008, 03:47 PM   #1
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Dry Aged Beef

After doing the dry cured pepperoni someone from another site offered to sell me one of these http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Controls- ... B0002EAL58
For a good price. So now I’m thinking about setting up a dry curing fridge…and a way to control the humidity http://www.amazon.com/Green-Air-THC-1-H ... 935&sr=1-1
and a way to measure it http://www.amazon.com/Extech-445815-Hum ... 935&sr=1-1
any way…I’ve been doing some research on Dry Curing Beef….and I came across this site…kind of gives one something to think about……
http://www.askthemeatman.com/is_it_poss ... t_home.htm
Info Gleaned from here.


A nationally known butcher named Merle Ellis discovered a technique for dry aging beef at home. Here are the complete directions he offered some years ago for this technique.

Be sure to follow each step carefully, for safety's sake.
1. Only the top grades of beef can be dry aged successfully. Use USDA Prime or USDA Choice - Yield Grade 1 or 2 (the highest quality of Choice) only. These have a thick layer of fat on the outside to protect the meat from spoiling during the aging process.
2. Buy a whole rib-eye or loin strip. [You cannot age individual steaks.] Unwrap it, rinse it well with cold water, and allow it to drain; then pat it very dry with paper towels.
3. Wrap the meat in immaculately clean, large, plain white cotton dish towels and place it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator - which is the coldest spot.
4. Change the towels each day, replacing the moisture-soiled towels with fresh. Continue to change towels as needed for 10 days, to 2 weeks. (See Step #7 for cleaning towels.)
5. After the desired aging time, you're ready to cut off steaks from each end, trim as desired, and allow the rest to continue to age in the refrigerator.
6. If, after 21 days, you have not eaten all the meat, cut the remaining piece into steaks, wrap each steak in freezer-proof, heavy-duty plastic wrap, and freeze. The steaks will keep for several months in the freezer.
7. To clean the towels for re-use, soak the soiled towels, immediately upon removing them from the meat, in cold water overnight. Next, soak them in cold, salted water for 2-3 hours to remove any blood stains. Then launder as usual. [In olden days, butchers used to cover sides of beef with cotton "shrouds" during the aging process - this is essentially the same thing.]
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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Hey Witt..thanks for the dry aging info. Might have to get industrious and try that one of these days.

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This will be interesting to watch. To this day I can remember the first aged steak I ever had (even though I was pretty well lit at the time).

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