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Dry Aging: What Is It?

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

The only way to improve on the flavor and tenderness of prime beef is for it to be “dry aged." The aging process can only be accomplished properly when large cuts of beef, are hung for long periods of time, typically 3 to 4 weeks, in a temperature and humidity controlled environment. This allows the natural bacteria and enzymes in the tissues of the meat to begin a tenderizing and flavor enhancing process.

This process is costly from two different standpoints. First, the natural evaporation of the meat juices can easily represent a 10% loss in weight and all