Worth the Wait: Why You Should Try Dry-Aged Beef

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Worth the Wait: Why You Should Try Dry-Aged Beef

Dry-aged beef is a special type of beef that has been aged in a controlled environment to produce unique flavors and textures. The aging process helps the meat develop complex, bold flavors and create a more tender texture. It also reduces moisture in the steak, resulting in an intense flavor and robust finish. Dry-aging begins with selecting cuts of high-quality beef that are hung at the right temperature and humidity. The aging process typically lasts three to four weeks, during which time enzymes in the meat break down connective tissues, resulting in more tender and flavorful steaks.

Often times, dry-aged beef will have a more developed flavor, while also boasting an enhanced texture due to the breakdown of connective tissues. It is also significantly more expensive than regular beef, due to its labor-intensive production process and the amount of product that spoils during the aging period. Despite the higher cost, dry-aged steaks are highly sought after by chefs and home cooks alike for their intense flavor and luxurious texture.

The Benefits of Dry-Aging Beef

When it comes to enjoying the best of the food world, nothing compares to dry-aged beef. Not only does this special type of meat offer a unique flavor and texture, but there are also many health benefits associated with eating this delicious delicacy. If you’re a specialty food lover looking for something new, then you’ve come to the right place: we've put together an informative guide on everything there is to learn about dry-aging beef so that you can make sure your next meal is as tasty and nutritious as possible!

First and foremost, dry-aged beef is incredibly rich in flavor. As the meat ages, it slowly develops a depth of flavor that can’t be found in other cuts of beef. The aging process also helps to reduce moisture content, resulting in a more intense flavor with each bite. Additionally, because dry-aged steaks are more tender, they can be cooked at a lower temperature without sacrificing flavor or texture.

Dry-aged beef is also highly nutritious and contains high levels of healthy fats and proteins. The aging process helps to reduce the fat content in the meat, resulting in healthier cuts that are low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Dry-aged beef also contains beneficial minerals and vitamins, making it an excellent source of essential nutrients.

Finally, dry-aged beef is considered a special treat because of its unique production process and limited availability. Not only does the meat taste better, but it’s also harder to come by due to its longer production process.

How Dry-Aging Beef Impacts the Flavor and Texture of Steak

Dry-aged steaks are a special treat that can offer intense and unique flavors. While there are many factors that contribute to the quality and taste of aged meat – such as breed (ours are Angus, Simmental and a SimAngus cross), diet, aging technique, aging environment and more – it's ultimately the dry-aging process that does much of the work in transforming regular cuts into something truly extraordinary.  

The dry-aging process works to break down connective tissues, resulting in steaks that are more tender and flavorful. As the meat ages, it develops a deeper flavor due to enzymes that work their way into the steak's fibers. The beef also loses moisture during the aging process, making for a more intense flavor with each bite.

Tips for Preparing Your Dry-Aged Beef

Dry-aging your beef can be a great way to bring out its full flavor and tenderness. But it isn't as simple as just cutting off a piece from the store and throwing it in the oven—it's an art that requires patience, knowledge, and skill. To help you navigate this exciting realm of cooking, we have put together some essential information about preparing dry-aged beef so you can make sure every bite is delicious.

First, it's important to remember that dry-aged steaks can be very delicate and should be handled carefully. You’ll want to use a sharp knife to cut the steak into portions, rather than tugging or tearing at the meat. Additionally, try to avoid overcooking your steak as this will reduce its flavor and texture. To ensure the steak is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer and aim for an internal temperature of 120-125°F. 

It's also important to remember that dry-aged steaks are best served medium rare in order to truly experience their full flavor profile. Your mileage may vary, but this is our experience.

Ways to Cook Deliciously Tender Dry-Aged Beef at Home

Dry-aged steaks are so much more than just a piece of meat; they’re an experience. From the intense flavor to their unique texture, these steaks can take your meal from ordinary to extraordinary. So, for those looking to make dry-aged steak at home, here are some tips and tricks:

  • Using a cast iron skillet to sear dry-aged steak is one of the most effective ways to achieve that perfect medium doneness. The heat generated by the pan will quickly caramel the outside, while it ensures an even cook throughout. Plus, once the crust has been formed, you can finish off your steak in the oven on low heat until it reaches your desired temperature. For added flavor, add butter or olive oil and herbs to your pan before cooking for a more robust taste.
  •  Consider using a marinade or seasoning rub to help enhance the flavor of your dry-aged beef. Marinades can add an extra layer of flavor to your steak and are easy to make with ingredients you likely already have on hand. A simple combination of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, herbs, and spices will give your steak a savory-tangy flavor that is sure to delight! Similarly, a seasoning rub is great for adding depth too.
  •  Everything is better with butter, even beef!  Try cooking with butter for an added depth of flavor. Butter can be used to lightly coat the steak before cooking or basted on during the cooking process, allowing for richer and deeper flavors.
  •  You can also try grilling your steak or cooking it on a wood-fired grill to get the best flavor.  Justin is a great master of the grill and his success at mastering temperatures is 
  • For an extra tender texture, try sous vide cooking.  We use this method all over the farm.  

By following these ways to cook our homegrown dry-aged beef, you can make sure that every bite of your dry-aged steak is as delicious as possible. Whether you cook it on the stovetop, grill or sous vide, dry-aged beef is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Now, it’s time to get cooking. Get creative with marinades and spices, experiment with different cooking methods, and most of all, enjoy the amazing flavor and texture of dry-aged beef.