Trying to learn from my latest failure

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3 months 3 weeks ago #14242 by raanank
After a successful first attempt of dry aging a Ribeye, I went ahead and bought a 17LB New York strip. After the first two weeks, I have started smelling a different smell coming out of the refrigerator. I decided to continue and complete the 28 days.

After 28 days, when I opened the bag and sliced the meat, I couldn't get over the smell and decided not to take the risk and throw the whole batch.
I noticed the forum was referring to smell as the main indicator.

Before starting my next attempt, I'm trying to figure out what went wrong and how can I repeat my beginner's luck cycle.

Any insights, tips?

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3 months 3 weeks ago #14243 by RRP
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Sorry to hear that. Let's start about your refrigerator....new? old? frost free? location? number of days aging? Was the meat in cryovac when you bought it - or out of a meat display?

My guess is it was either already contaminated, and/or the refrigerator failed to remove the moisture from the air as the meat aged and thee temperature was set too high or not maintained.
Ron

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3 months 2 weeks ago #14260 by raanank
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Hi Ron,
8-year-old refrigerator (used the bottom shelf), in the garage, 28 days aging.
Bought the strip at Costco in a sealed bag.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #14433 by raanank
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*** Update ***
As I shared, I was going for another attempt.
Steps I took included cleaning the refrigerator, decreasing temp and using top rack.
In order to experiment further, I bought two 12LB Top Loin whole (New York) Prime and Choice. My thoughts were
* if both get bad, I blame the refrigerator
* if one of them, I blame the meat
* if both are good ... I'm happy

GOOD News :-) I'm very happy. Both 28 days Dry Aged turned Amazing!
Just thought it would be nice to close the loop here. Thank you guys for the support :-)

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2 months 2 weeks ago #14434 by RRP
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We always like reading happy follow ups! Feel free to jump in here and help newbies!
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