dry aged meat fridge

Dry Aged Meat Fridge Cleaning & Maintenance - DOs and DON’Ts

If you use your Steak Locker as much as we do, it's important to make sure that it is cleaned regularly and maintained in order to prevent damages. In this chapter we will be discussing some important information regarding the cleaning and maintenance of your dry aged meat fridge. 

These are the best practises to prevent damages. The aim of this article is to share our top cleaning and maintenance tips so you can avoid cleaning Steak Lockers dry age refrigerator incorrectly. This is important in ensuring a smooth and trouble free operation. 

Dry Aged Meat Fridge- Do’s

If your fridge maintenance routine simply involves replacing the meat or produce within, you may want to consider taking a different approach. If you use your Dry Aged Meat Fridge on a regular basis like we do, the chances are that it is running continuously. Adding a few extra steps into your meat aging process can help to keep your fridge in tip top shape. Furthermore, proper maintenance is a great way to minimise any ‘wear and tear’ to the fridge which can help to increase its lifespan and ensure a trouble free operation. This will allow you to get the best possible results from our meat aging fridge. 

Do prepare the fridge for cleaning

Before cleaning your Dry Aged Meat Fridge, we always recommend the following; switch the Steak Locker off, unplug it from the wall outlet and remove any meat from inside it. This is to make sure that the cleaning of your dry age fridge is as safe as can be, your meat isn’t affected and importantly, it will allow you to clean the Steak Lockers interior and exterior thoroughly. 

Do clean the interior carefully

When it comes to cleaning the interior of your Steak Locker there is a specific way in which we recommend doing so. Our preferred method is by washing the inside with a damp cloth that has been soaked in lukewarm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Be careful not to spill any liquid into fan space or airways. 

Do remove the door gasket

The door gasket can be removed for cleaning. removing the door gasket ensures a thorough clean and avoids the risk of getting any liquid in unwanted areas. The door gasket can be cleaned using a mild detergent. After cleaning the door gasket can easily be put back onto the dry age meat fridge. 

To refit the door gasket, fix the four corners first then embed it segment by segment.

Do check for damage

Our next tip for ensuring your dry age fridge is well maintained is to check for any damage after cleaning. The areas to look for damage include the power cord and the outlet. If you notice any damage to the cord such as fraying of the wires, your Steak Locker must be repaired by a professional electrician. 

Do replace parts when necessary 

There are certain parts within the Steak Locker that have a limited lifespan and therefore must be replaced when necessary. This is to ensure you get the maximum results from your Steak Locker. Some of the parts that may need to be replaced include door keys, the wifi controller, the carbon fibre filter and finally the UV bulb. The UV light is consumable and may burn out within approximately 6-8 months. It is custom made for this locker but you can easily access the replacement parts on our website. 

Dry Aged Meat Fridge- Don’ts

When cleaning and maintaining your meat aging fridge there are certain things you need to avoid. Now that we have covered the fridge cleaning ‘do’s’, now we wanted to cover the ‘don’ts’ to ensure the trouble free operation of your fridge. 

Do not use these cleaning products

Our first ‘Do Not’ tip is to make sure you do not use boiling water, strong detergents, acid alkaline detergent, soap, grinding powder, gasoline, alkenes, alcohol, benzene or organic solvent scrub to clean your dry aging fridge. Many of these products can be abrasive and damaging to the Steak Locker. Our favorite cleaning product to use is a light amount of dish soap which over the years of using, cleaning and maintaining our fridge, we have noted works the best. 

Do not flush with water

Our next tip is to make sure that you are careful with liquid when it comes to cleaning the Steak Locker. Please do not flush the dry age fridge cabinet with water directly. The reason for this is that water may get into unwanted areas such as the fan space or airways which may cause an electrical failure.

Do not leave the dry aged meat fridge unmaintained  

It is important to note that just because you may have stopped using the Steak Locker for a period of time, it does not mean you can leave it unmaintained. If it so happens that you do not use the equipment for a fairly long period of time there are some things we suggest you do to keep it in tiptop shape. 

Firstly, remove all of the metal shelves, the metal suspension system and the meat hooks. Upon removal ensure that you clean each piece of equipment thoroughly. After that you should leave the dry aged meat fridge door open for around 2-3 days. Once the interior is fully dry, the activated carbon can be replaced to avoid any mould and odor.