Dry Aged Grass Fed Beef

Every once in a while we have someone email us because, in their opinion, our prices are too high. What we should say is, “Ever tried farming?” We could also say, along with our very own Joel Salatin,"Have you priced cancer lately?" But we generally just respond that our grass fed meats truly are the best that can be procured anywhere in the world and that, of course, quality isn’t cheap to produce.

Whole carcass dry aging is an almost completely forgotten method that has gone by the wayside in modern meat production.

 

And when we make that kind of statement, we’d better be ready to back it up. One part of that is the fact that every ounce of grass fed beef is dry aged to perfection. Like good wine and cheese, our beef takes its time. All Tendergrass Farms grass fed beef is dry aged for a minimum of 21 days. The process of dry aging grass fed beef is both costly and time consuming so dry aged beef is usually not available at even the swankiest grocery stores and restaurants. We, however, believe that dry aging our beef is worth the extra effort because of the superior flavor and tenderness that the dry aging process yields.

 Dry aged grass fed beef is superior in flavor and tenderness for two reasons. The first reason is that the dry aging process removes excess moisture from the beef and the second is that natural enzymes start to break down the meat's physical structure.

Dry aged grass fed beef is naturally more tender and flavorful than other beef. 


During the aging process, the whole beef is hung in 33 to 34 degree air which is constantly circulated. This cold air circulation slowly and evenly removes moisture from the beef which concentrates the flavor of the meat.

Simultaneously, naturally occurring enzymes slowly start to tenderize the meat. These enzymes are both from the beef itself and from fungal species which create complimentary enzymes that give our beef a tenderness that could not otherwise be achieved. The fungal genus Thamnidium is particularly known for its role in this tenderization process.

 

Pretty interesting stuff, huh? Just one more reason to support your small time family farmer through Tendergrass Farms.