The bag is not firmly in contact with the ends of my strip loin, is that okay?

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2 weeks 6 days ago #13832 by Lindust
As title states. I have a 15 lbs strip loin I attempted to seal and had trouble. The strip loin had a curve to it so it was hard to get a uniform surface area lining but I did manage to get great coverage on the top and bottom of the loin.

My problem however is that the ends of the strip loin aren't attaching to the bag and are rather loose. I don't know if that's okay.

Another question I have is if I re-sealed it now with a new bag would that still work or once it starts drying you can't use a new bag?

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2 weeks 6 days ago #13833 by RRP
Welcome aboard!

Trust me it is only natural for a first time user to be concerned, and sometimes over concerned! What you described happens - but no need to start all over with a new bag! Next time you start another just try to move as much air out of the bag as you with your hands by pressing the bag into the meat while your sealer is working.

BTW how long are you planning to age that strip loin? It is one of my favorites to age!
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2 weeks 6 days ago #13834 by Lindust
Thanks for the reply Ron.

I have 2 15 lbs Loins in the fridge right now.

I plan to do a 28-30 day and the other as 45-60 day.

While I realize 30ish days are the optimal I figured I would have fun with it:)

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2 weeks 6 days ago #13835 by RRP
You are welcome! Personally I'm glad you have a 45-60 day in your future already as I find 28-30 as being an all too short period, but to each his own!
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2 weeks 11 hours ago #13859 by Lindust
Hey Ron, quick question.

I have two strip loins in the fridge with the umai bag.

One of them seems to have cling onto the meat and the other seems to be detached from the meat since about day 4-5(we're at day 10 now)


Is it bad that one of them seems to have not formed a bond and attached to the meat? One of the cuts looks like its legitimately a membrane and the other looks like a plastic bag just holding meat in it.

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2 weeks 14 minutes ago #13860 by RRP
Normally a vacuum makes the UMAi Dry bag attach to the ends, but it is not a problem if it doesn't. Is that second bag puffy though like you have leak or a failed seal? Can you post a picture?
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