What is Dry Aging?
For dry-aging, whole sides of beef or primal cuts are stored in open air at a specific humidity level and air temperature just above freezing and left to age for several weeks. Our steaks are dry aged up to 41 days. Not only are the enzymes working on the muscle tissues during this time, but the meat is also slowly dehydrating. This concentrates the meat and changes the texture and flavor.The benefit of this process is very tender meat with an intense flavor. The downside is that you lose quite a bit of the meat due to moisture loss, which decreases the yield and increases the cost per pound. Also, the surface of the meat usually needs to be trimmed away before the beef is portioned and sold, resulting in further loss of volume.
Sourcing and Quality
We source only the highest quality USDA inspected proteins, from producers that practice responsible and sustainable husbandry and then expertly handle the order fulfillment in our facility. We will choose and cut specifically for your order. We never compromise on quality and we stand by every cut that we sell to guarantee your satisfaction.
What is Wet-Aging?
Wet Aging is a relatively recent technique that developed along with advances in plastics and refrigeration. In this process, cuts of beef are vacuum-sealed in plastic and shipped to the market. The aging takes place between 14 and 28 days.
The enzymes still have time to tenderize the meat enough to make it acceptable, and the biggest plus is that there’s no weight-loss in the meat due to dehydration. Wet-aging also costs less for the manufacturer since the meat doesn’t need to be stored or monitored, ultimately resulting in a lower consumer cost.
Can Steaks & Chops be Custom Cut?
Yes! Your aged beef, pork, veal & lamb are hand selected and them custom cut. Have a special order that you would like but don’t see it in our online butcher shop? Just give us a call or send us an email. We’re on it- chop, chop!
What if I’m not home at the time of delivery?
If no one is available to accept the delivery, we can transition all the provisions from their box to an optional Cool Sack. An additional, nominal fee may apply. This will keep the product at optimal conditions for up to 3 hours. We will attempt to leave it in a cool location, out of direct sunlight. You are encouraged, however, to refrigerate or freeze your items upon receiving your delivery.
Which Aging Process is Better?
Honestly, it’s a matter of preference. The biggest difference between the two kinds of meat is in the flavor. Dry-aged beef can be described as having a roasted, nutty flavor, while wet-aged beef can taste slightly milder with not as same depth of flavor.
What are the delivery times?
Deliveries start at 9AM and continue all throughout the day until complete. You will be notified by either call, text and/or email at least 30 minutes in advance, to inform you of the delivery time. Need your delivery at a specific time? Let us know and we will absolutely try to accommodate.
Can items be shipped outside of the local Chicagoland area?
Absolutely! To ensure safe shipping, we individually flash freeze your order and ship it out within 24 hours. Standard flat rate is for FedEx 2 day. Overnight is possible at an additional charge.