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Dry aging in the fridge #2630162
11/06/18 11:21 AM
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I know a lot of guys who process their own stuff let their deer hang in the cooler before they break it down and package it, which I do when I can. But for the times when you don't have time or are away from home and have to break it down and pack it in a cooler do you guys dry age in the fridge? I read an article on it the other day where the writer stated that they did it on a piece by piece basis on racks in a cookie sheet and for up to 20-25 days. I've got a decent sized roast thawing out now and I'm gonna try to age it like that for a couple weeks to see how it does. Anyone have any input on it?

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2630188
11/06/18 11:48 AM
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I don't think you can dry age in a normal fridge that has not been modified for that specific purpose. Too much moisture. I have seen some videos on modifying small fridges for dry aging but seems people had mixed results. I would be interested if you have modified one and had success.


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Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2630208
11/06/18 12:05 PM
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I'm pretty sure the article I read was talking about using a normal fridge, I'll see if I can find it. Not saying you're wrong, I just want to double check.

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2630210
11/06/18 12:13 PM
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Ok so upon further review it seems I have my articles and podcasts mixed up. The article I was thinking of was on wet aging for up to 20-25 days in vacuum bags. It was actually on the MeatEater podcast where I was getting the dry aging in the fridge from. Rinella was saying that he does it the way I originally described for up to two weeks.

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2630231
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One of the best back straps, that I've ever eaten, was "dry aged" on a wine rack, in a refrigerator. He just always puts a cookie sheet, or something underneath, for the drippings.

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2630294
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They do make some special bags you can use that are designed for the fridge, I've heard good reviews for them, never used myself:

https://umaidry.com/collections/steak

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: hallb] #2630300
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Originally Posted by hallb
They do make some special bags you can use that are designed for the fridge, I've heard good reviews for them, never used myself:

https://umaidry.com/collections/steak


Good find there. I might have to give those a try.

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2631848
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I have use a regular frig for years with good results. I have old wire shelves raised on wood stripesblocks. Age between 7 to 14 days. Try to keep temp around 38 degrees.

Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: chill] #2632028
11/08/18 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by chill
I have use a regular frig for years with good results. I have old wire shelves raised on wood stripesblocks. Age between 7 to 14 days. Try to keep temp around 38 degrees.


I have done it this way several times, it works good....



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Re: Dry aging in the fridge [Re: Coosa1] #2632581
11/08/18 05:05 PM
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I set a backstrap on a spare grill grate in a cooler over ice for 10 days it was awesome, just trim the colored edges and cook. Have aged in a paper stack in the fridge as well worked just fine too!

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