Fond of Dry Aged Steak? Know How to Buy & Cook
Why choose Dry Aged Steak?
Well, because some people consider it to be more delicious compared to other steaks and mostly because you get to show off to your guests. Preparing dry aged steak can take two months to prepare and it requires a lot of knowledge and special designed equipment for this type of steak. Also it’s very hard to find, not many supermarkets sell dry aged steak and some people prefer to make their own at home, not because it’s so difficult to find but because it can cost almost double the amount of money you would pay for a regular steak. When planning to cook Dry Aged Steak at home be aware that you will need a big chunk of meat as you will have to trim parts. Also be prepared to give up a part of your fridge since it will be staying in there for some time. So, lets dive into the part on how to buy & cook dry aged steak.
Buying a Dry Aged Steak
Since it’s so difficult to make your own Dry Aged Steak you will probably end up buying it; this way at least you get to taste something prepared by professionals, so let’s see some tips on buying Dry Aged Steak:
- If you can find a shop that you can trust that would be perfect, since there are so many sellers out there that try to mislead customers by mislabelling the product on other types of steak that look the same but definitely don’t taste the same. If you can find a local shop or online seller that you can trust is a huge advantage.
- Dry Aged Steak may be very good but if not done from a superior cut of meat then it may not be so good. Try something with more flavour and tenderness like T Bones, Ribeyes, Poterhouses or Tenderloins to make sure your dry aged steak will be perfect to serve with the family.
- If it’s the first time you will try dry aged steak I’m going to let you know that how long the steak has been aged is very important as the taste changes a lot as it ages more and more so the first time you go to the shop and see dry aged steak before buying it, check the label or ask an employee, how long has the steak been aged and choose something that’s not aged for too long like a month and a half at the most for starters; if you think that you like it then I recommend getting one aged even more.
- When at the shop looking at dry aged steak, look for the USDA Prime logo. Only steak with a lot of flavour and tenderness to it is approved by the USDA and this way you can be sure to buy only the best.
Cooking Dry Aged Steak
It really doesn’t require a chef’s degree in cooking and it’s very similar to cooking any other type of grill. But since you deal with an exquisite type of steak why not make prepare everything to its level and there are even some tips and tricks.
- Most probably your steak is frozen and if you plan on cooking it don’t just throw it in the microwave to defrost, it needs to defrost slowly some experts say that it’s best to let in the refrigerator for a couple of days and right before cooking give it around an hour so it can reach room temperature.
- Right before giving it to the oven season the steak with salt but don’t do it too soon because salt absorbs water.
- Before putting the steak on the grill, sear all sides of the steak on a hot pan so all of its edges area sealed to prevent all the good juices to escape on the grill.
- When cooking the steak on the grill try not to use forks or anything that will pierce it, you could use a pair of tongs
- Last but not least, use a thermometer to make sure it cooks as you like it, and if you don’t have a thermometer you can use the trick with the hand, by pressing you index finger to your thumb and with the finger from your other hand press gently on the base of your thumb, then press on the steak, this means it’s cooked rare, if touching the thumb with your middle finger it’s cooked medium rare, thumb with ring finger means it’s cooked medium and thumb with small finger means it’s well done.
This is about all you need to know if you want to cook a Dry aged steak, not much to learn but it can still be easy to make a mistake, so the next time you plan on having a dry aged steak for dinner make sure to follow these steps.
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