How to dry-age steaks at home – for the fraction of the price of high-end steakhouse steaks!
We rarely ever go out for steaks anymore. For the past 6 years, we’ve been dry-aging our own steaks at home. In our refrigerator, with just simple tools.
UMAI Dry just launched their Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve been in business for many, many years, producing the proprietary dry-aging bags that work with a vacuum sealer.
The bags let the steaks breathe, but keep moisture out, so that the steaks can truly “dry-age.”
The result? Beautifully aged steaks. With UMAI Dry, you can also make your own charcuterie, like Pancetta, just as easily.
All the photos above were taken several years ago by me, when I first started using UMAI bags. We can’t say enough great things about them!
There are only a few days left to get the special deal from their Kickstarter campaign! Hurry before it closes.
UMAi Dry® provided the review and giveaway unit. All opinions are my own.
About UMAi Artisan Meat Kit
For millenia the taste of aged meat has been revered by man. Beef was left hanging in barns for weeks to mature and achieve the flavor that makes steak that special meal that we crave. Dry aged steak is still the gold standard for beef. Because of high cost most beef today isn’t dry aged, but rather “wet aged” – left aging in ordinary air and water tight plastic bags.
Dry aging is the true way to extract the best texture and taste from a good steak. During dry aging, the enzymes inside the meat tenderize and transform the beef like fine wine. Dry aging is the ultimate form of aging beef, it tenderizes the meat, intensifies the beefy flavor and imparts the nutty, oaky flavor unique to the old fashioned dry aged steak. Top tier steak houses around the world serve dry aged beef. UMAi Dry® makes it possible for anyone with a fridge create the original slow food.
What is Charcuterie? (shar-KOO-ta-ree)
Charcuterie is the original method of meat preservation by curing it in salt and spices, then allowing it to air dry for weeks, months or years. Examples of such products are traditional Italian delicacies capicola, prosciutto, pancetta, bresaola and other dry cured meats.
Prior to the introduction of UMAi Dry®, the dry aging and dry curing process required aging in special temperature and humidity-controlled environments like caves.
UMAi Dry® Artisan Meat Kits make it possible to create traditional dry cured meats in your fridge. Yes, that fridge that you open and close, day in and day out becomes your personal dry aging and dry curing “vault”.
The Artisan Meat kit is a complete system that make it possible to safely, affordably and reliably create authentic Dry Aged Steak and Artisan Charcuterie like Coppa/Capicola, Pancetta, Prosciutto, Bresaola and more in a regular home fridge.
Here is how UMAi Dry® works for creating the ultimate dry aged steak:
1. Select a well marbled subprimal cut of beef (full ribeye, striploin or sirloin)
2. Vacuum seal it into UMAi Dry®
3. Place on an open wire rack in your fridge and age for 4-6 weeks
4. Watch the meat age and develop the unique dry aged flavor only time can deliver
5. At the end of the aging period, trim off the outside “bark” and cut into steaks
6. Grill to perfection and impress yourself and your peeps
The UMAi Dry® Story
Back in 2007 UMAi Dry® – a company in Minneapolis developed technology to dry age steak and dry cure meats in regular refrigerators and restaurant walk-in coolers. UMAi Dry® product was originally destined for meat processors and butcher shops who use the product commercially, but soon gained popularity with home users who purchased our fairly primitive kits online. In 2011 UMAi Dry® received the Product Innovation Award from National Restaurant Association and improved the kits so that our packs can be used with ordinary household channel vacuum sealers. Until now we relied on other commercially available vacuum sealers like the Foodsaver.
Now UMAi Dry® would like to offer our newly re-designed kits to meat artisans everywhere through kitchen and grilling stores. That means with your help your friends will be able to buy the kits and supplies from local stores.
UMAi Dry® is a special membrane like material that creates an ideal aging environment for each piece of meat and protects it against contaminants, mold, odors and off- flavors. UMAi Dry® is BPA free and complies with all Food safety regulations in US, Canada and Europe.
Check out here how the UMAi Dry® allows the meat to age over 28 days. It creates the ideal aging environment for each piece of meat. Its easy and amazing!
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