Aging Steak in Butter - Dry Aging Tips

Aging steak in butter, also known as "butter aging," is a technique that combines traditional dry aging with the added benefits of the butter's fat and flavor. The process involves wrapping the steak in butter and letting it rest in a controlled environment for an extended period.

Here are some tips for butter aging steak:

  1. Choose the right cut: Not all cuts of beef are suitable for dry aging. Choose well-marbled, high-quality cuts like ribeye, New York strip, or sirloin for the best results. The fat content and marbling will contribute to the steak's tenderness and flavor.
  1. Use unsalted butter: Opt for high-quality unsalted butter to avoid excessive salt content and to allow you to control the seasoning of the steak better.
  1. Wrap the steak thoroughly: Coat the entire steak generously with softened butter. Make sure no part is left exposed to the air, as dry aging relies on controlled evaporation.
  1. Select the dry aging duration: Butter aging can take less time compared to traditional dry aging, as the butter helps retain moisture. You can typically age the steak for around 3 to 7 days, but this can vary depending on your preferences and the thickness of the cut.
  1. Choose the right environment with any of the Steak Locker Editions available: Butter-aged steak requires a controlled environment with precise temperature and humidity levels. Ideally, the temperature should be around 34-40°F and the humidity between 65% to 85%.
  1. Use a wire rack: Place the butter-aged steak on a wire rack inside the Steak Locker to ensure proper air circulation around the meat, allowing it to dry evenly.
  1. Monitor and inspect: Regularly check the progress of the aging process and look for any signs of spoilage. If you notice any mold or unpleasant smells, discard the meat immediately.
  1. Trim and prepare: Once the aging process is complete, remove the butter from the steak and carefully trim any dried or discolored outer layers. Butter aging can leave a rich, buttery flavor in the meat, but you can still season the steak with your preferred spices before cooking.
  1. Cooking: Since the aging process naturally enhances the steak's flavor and tenderness, you can keep the cooking process relatively simple. Season the steak with salt and pepper or your favorite steak rub, then cook it to your desired level of doneness.
  1. Enjoy: Butter-aged steak offers a unique and rich flavor profile. Savor the fruits of your labor and enjoy the delicious, tender steak!

Remember, butter aging is an advanced technique, and it's essential to follow proper food safety practices during the process. If you're unsure or inexperienced with aging meat, please contact our in-house professional chef to ensure proper food safety and the best possible results.