In the beginning there was the "dry world."

Dry aged beef was the norm. Beef carcasses were allowed to hang in a locker for a few weeks after slaughter to become more tender and flavorful. During dry-aging, moisture evaporates from the muscle creating a mature beef flavor. The meat's natural enzymes break down the fibrous, connective tissue in the muscle thereby tenderizing it. While traditional 'dry world' aging practices have a positive impact on flavor and tenderness, today they require specialized facilities to maintain modern requirements for food safety and consistent quality.


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The 'wet world' came with advances in plastics and vacuum packaging. In today's modern processing plants, the carcass is broken down and vacuum-sealed in moisture impermeable bags. Beef can be "wet aged" in a vacuum-sealed bag in its own juices for improved tenderness, but it will be missing the characteristic dry aged depth of flavor and rich texture.


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"UMAi Dry® technology allows beef to age and still achieve the same bold, beefy flavor and tender texture as traditional open-air dry aging."