Yeah, dry aging means you're eating old beef! After the animal is slaughter and before the beef is cut into individual cuts, the carcass is hung (like shown below) so natural enzymes in the meat have a chance to eat away some of the muscle tissue. Like a good cheese maker, butchers watch the beef and give it time to "mature."
Most of the time, butchers only dry age the primal cuts (which are the high end steaks) but we dry age the whole carcass because we believe that your family deserves more than just high quality steaks, but high quality roasts and ground beef, too! Ideally, dry aging takes place in a climate controlled room where the humidity and temperature is carefully watched to make sure the conditions are perfect for the natural enzymes!
Because of the extra time the meat has to mature, dry aged beef is a darker red color and not the cherry red you see in the grocery store. Most grocery store meat is given 7-10 days to "mature" but experts say that dry aging makes the most difference between 17-28 days. We dry age all of our beef between 21-28 days. At the top of the page is a picture of dry aged beef versus beef you buy in the grocery store.
Dry aging is a lucrative process, but truly makes all the difference in the taste of your beef! We make sure to take the extra steps to give your family the best beef possible
Looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season? Do you have out of town relatives? Is there a foodie on your list? Then think beef! Oak Barn Beef dry aged beef to be exact!
Is beef on your menu this week and currently frozen? If so, you might be wondering when exactly the best time is to start thawing your meat and what is the safest way. I’ve seen firsthand through the years that not everyone is aware of these techniques, so I want to help you prevent any problems when thawing your beef! I am going to share the easiest and safest ways to thaw your frozen beef cuts!
We are family owned and this type of farming has been in our family for over 5 generations now. We take pride in how we raise and produce cattle and take many steps to even make sure our beef is the best dry aged beef you’ll taste.
Over the last few years buying directly from farmers has become more popular and I think it’s due to a few of the reasons I wanted to share with you today! Here are the very many reasons you should buy directly from farmers.