Dry-aged beef is a delectable treat that is enjoyed by many beef enthusiasts and aficionados alike; getting better with age – like a fine wine – dry-aged beef is more tender, and much more succulent than typical beef. Although cooking dry-aged beef takes longer than typical beef, we can safely say that the additional effort is worth it. Here are 6 essential tips for preparing a savory and succulent meal.
Tips for Cooking Dry-Aged Beef
1. Allow the beef to properly thaw out
A common mistake that many individuals make when cooking dry-aged beef is to expedite the thawing process. The most ideal way to thaw out aged beef is to do it naturally by allowing the beef to sit out for at least an hour before you begin cooking it.
2. It’s all about the seasoning
Choosing the proper seasonings for your beef before you cook is a crucial step. Although you don’t want to get too fancy, a simple dash of salt and even pepper can be more than enough for most individuals. It is absolutely necessary to add the seasoning right before you begin to cook the aged beef. Adding salt prematurely can cause the beef to dry out, ultimately deteriorating the quality and overall flavor of the aged beef. Be extremely cautious as to not add a surplus of seasonings in the preparation stages as well. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you may add additional seasonings such as peppercorn flakes and other exotic spices.
3. Searing your beef
Searing dry-aged beef is a popular option that many individuals choose. Using a skillet, let each side of the beef sear for a maximum of two minutes, or until a desired golden brown appears. Finish by placing the beef in the oven until the desired cooking point for the beef is achieved.
4. Grill baby, grill!
Another popular option for cooking dry-aged beef is by placing it on the grill. In similar fashion to searing the beef, allow for one side to be cooked for up to five minutes. It is absolutely necessary to use a meat thermometer to achieve the desired cooking point of the beef.
5. A soft, buttery touch
A little known tip to making dry-aged beef a little more flavorful during the cooking process is to occasionally cover it with melted butter. Allow a few spoonfuls to completely cover the beef as it comes to the desired cooking point.
6. A well-deserved rest
The last, and arguably most important tip is to allow the beef to rest for about ten minutes. This allows for the juices in the steak to settle, providing for a more flavorful experience. All that is left to do is to pair your beef with a few sides and a glass of red wine and enjoy!
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