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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge View Post
    .... and let it rest for 5 minutes before tearing into it.
    Oh yea, I forgot about resting! It does make a definite difference in how juicy the steak is if you let it rest a while, covered with foil or another plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post

    A lot of steakhouses age their steaks at least 3 weeks.
    OK, I had to google this. Never knew they did this kind of thing. It sounds like the process has to be done perfectly to keep the meat from rotting and giving people food poisoning:

    http://bbq.about.com/cs/beef/a/aa030301a.htm

    The old method of aging meat is known as dry aging. Dry aging is done by hanging meat in a controlled, closely watched, refrigerated environment. The temperature needs to stay between 36 degrees F and freezing. Too warm and the meat will spoil, too cold and it will freeze, stopping the aging process. You also need a humidity of about 85 to reduce water loss. To control bacteria you need a constant flow of air all around the meat, which means it needs to be hanging in a well ventilated space. The last and most important ingredient in this process is an experienced butcher to keep a close eye on the aging meat.

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    Aging takes about 11 days before you see much improvement in the flavor of the meat. After that the flavor continues to intensify, but so does the loss of weight and the risk of spoilage. Eventually the meat will be worthless so many fine restaurants who do their own aging will limit it to 20 to 30 days.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beef_aging


    The process of dry-aging usually also promotes growth of certain fungal (mold) species on the external surface of the meat. This doesn't cause spoilage, but actually forms an external "crust" on the meat's surface, which is trimmed off when the meat is prepared for cooking. These fungal species complement the natural enzymes in the beef by helping to tenderize and increase the flavor of the meat. The genus Thamnidia, in particular, is known to produce collagenolytic enzymes which greatly contribute to the tenderness and flavor of dry-aged meat.
    Eww! Usually when something has been in my refrigerator for 3 weeks and has mold on it, I throw it out instead of eating it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post
    the reason I bring this up is this: Last Saturday I took the missus to a fancy steakhouse for our anniversary and I got this $50 steak that was freaking terrific. Top 5 in best steaks I've ever had. I know some of that is the cut, but I wonder how the fancy-ass places get that unique taste to their meat. IMGreat?
    It's also the quality of the meat they get... It's at least a grade or two higher than we can generally buy as I understand it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    It's also the quality of the meat they get... It's at least a grade or two higher than we can generally buy...
    The Butcher Block: A lesson on the USDA grade scale.

    We get a few cases of Prime occasionally. Most of our beef is marked "Choice or Higher", which means that out of 6 pieces, 2 will be prime grade.

    I have only ever seen the top three grades being sold in stores around here.

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    You can get prime here in the grocery store or the Costco.
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    Another factor in quality is the region the animal is raised. The midwest has the source of the best feed, therefore better quality meat. A USDA Choice steak from an animal raised in Texas will not be the same quality as a midwest raised animal.

    Note: My store is the only major store in the area that sells midwest raised pork and beef. The Evil Empire sells beef and pork from Texas because they can purchase it cheaper and still charge a minimum of 40% higher than my store.
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    I'll put up the Washington ranch grass fed stuff against anything I've had elsewhere.

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    Well, I did salt, a little bit of pepper, 1 min/side on the hot side of the grill and then probably about 10ish on the side where the burner was turned off. Turned out good...I overcooked mine a bit (I'm a med rare-medium kinda guy and it was closer to medium-med well), but overall pretty good.

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    Texas beef is overrated. I looked forward to a Texas steak the whole time I was in basic and tech school, and got out to try every steak I could find.

    Most of them were ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Texas beef is overrated. I looked forward to a Texas steak the whole time I was in basic and tech school, and got out to try every steak I could find.

    Most of them were ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post
    I will destroy you

    You won't be able to catch me, what with all the fat and gristle on them steaks down there.

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    Midwest beef.... just sayin'











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    I'm your huckleberry...

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    To Live Is To Eat

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    grass fed beef = yellow fat

    corn fed beef = white fat
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    I see only one solution to this standoff about which beef is better...

    The first annual O/R Texas vs Midwest Beef Cook Off.

    I'll hungrily, humbly, and reluctantly accept the terrible burden of judging...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    I see only one solution to this standoff about which beef is better...

    The first annual O/R Texas vs Midwest Beef Cook Off.

    I'll hungrily, humbly, and reluctantly accept the terrible burden of judging...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    I see only one solution to this standoff about which beef is better...

    The first annual O/R Texas vs Midwest Beef vs Washington Cook Off.

    I'll hungrily, humbly, and reluctantly accept the terrible burden of judging...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jks9199 View Post
    I see only one solution to this standoff about which beef is better...

    The first annual O/R Texas vs Midwest Beef Cook Off.

    I'll hungrily, humbly, and reluctantly accept the terrible burden of judging...

    Damn fine idea, there.

    He's right about the fat color, but it cooks off either way.
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