Everything You Want to Know About Dry Aged Beef
Chances are you have probably heard the term "Dry Aged Beef". Usually people associate it with an expensive price tag at your favorite steakhouse, or those high-priced steaks at the butcher shop. I do not want to fuel panic, but when you buy something "Dry Aged" you are buying old meat. Do not worry though. We have a good reason for this, an excellent one, in fact. Here is everything you want to know about dry aged beef.
Why Eat Aged Beef?
Okay, you are reading this article thinking that aged beef sounds not the least bit appetizing. I mean, you have probably bought some "fresh" meat and brought it home, only to open the package a day later to an awful odor. Dry aged beef is not like that at all. It is a meticulous process that refines the flavor and tenderness of beef. To be honest, all beef has been aged a little; either through a process of wet or dry aging. Beef sold at the grocery store is at least, seven to ten days old. Meat that has not been aged this long has a distinctly dull and metallic flavor. But when dry aging beef, the result is an immense flavor.
How is the Dry Aging Process Done?
What is dry aging? The process of dry aging is when beef is stored at specific temperatures and humidity. Air is continuously being circulated to prevent the growth of anything bad, while enzymes in the beef break down the protein, fats, and glycogen. This breakdown results in amino and fatty acids, one in particular which is very important in getting the desired flavor through the dry aging process – glutamate. As the enzymes are doing their own thing, bacteria is doing its own thing too. Bacteria break down the muscle fibers and connective tissues, leaving the beef extremely tender. This whole process takes place about 21 to 28 days. Right around 30 days is where the maximum tenderness usually is reached and the desired flavor is achieved.
Wright Beef strives to produce the best steaks, roasts, and ground beef around. Enjoy the juicy flavor of dry aged Angus beef or our unique Angus/Wagyu Cross beef. You only receive the best quality at the most affordable price here at Wright Beef.
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