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September 15, 2020 at 5:57 pm #3853
Hi I am a first time dry ager using the UMAi bags. I had some struggles with the first two bags and finally managed to get the third and final bag to work after a couple of tries. I set it into the fridge and after a few days I’ve seen that one side came loose from the side of the meat, not necessarily that air is in the bag cuz everywhere else has great contact and color is beginning to change it’s just one side that the plastic isn’t really touching the meat I have pictures but I’m not sure how to post it. I’m on day three everything smells fine just I’m worried that one side isn’t on. I’ve tried folding the extra plastic under the meat to make it touch more but it hasn’t really done much, and I also don’t have anymore bags. Any suggestions from the professionals will help to ease this anxietySeptember 15, 2020 at 6:06 pm #13269
I also think I got images working https://www.flickr.com/photos/190210407@N07/?
Lmk if that worksSeptember 15, 2020 at 6:07 pm #13270TheaKeymaster
Please keep in mind: UMAi Dry NOT a vacuum bag. It allows for both moisture and oxygen exchange. Air pockets post zero risk. Toss out any expectations that it should behave like a vacuum bag.
Also, because the UMAi Dry membrane takes up the gooey moisture coating on the meat, it relaxes, and always looks a little loose a day or two after bagging.
Untuck that extra plastic from under the meat. It will block air flow.
UMAi Dry is designed to be a single layer protective membrane. With good air flow to all surfaces, aging in a regularly used modern frost free kitchen refrigerator located in a room temperature environment, you are ensured consistent, safe dry aging. .September 15, 2020 at 6:52 pm #13271
Did you inspect the images? Does everything look okay? There is also space between the bones and the bag. Also the side that the bag isn’t touching does look like it’s forming the crust like the other sides areSeptember 16, 2020 at 12:10 am #13272Ron PrattMember
I see you are trying to age a bone in piece of meat. Notice how SHARP those bone corners are? Those SHARP corners would even cut through a tough plastic bag – BUT a “tough plastic bag” which UMAi Dry® is NOT. Sorry you didn’t read the advice about protecting those sharp edges. At this point I wouldn’t waste any more UMAi Dry® bags even if I had 100 of them! I’d suggest planning a nice meal very soon with that meat, as it won’t be dry aging with the punctures. Next time if you still want to age a bone in then cover the bone. But OTOH aging a bone-LESS sub-primal produces MUCH better results since the bone-in GREATLY restricts the water loss from the meat which dry aging means.
RonSeptember 16, 2020 at 12:17 am #13273
Hey Ron thanks for the reply, I’ve inspected the bag many times especially around the bone area, and even tried pushing the air around to see if there was any holes to see if the air would come out, but I don’t see any. All the other parts have contact with the bag besides that one side is loose, are you sure I should abort the dry age?September 16, 2020 at 12:27 am #13274Ron PrattMember
Hmmm, I guess my eyes are deceiving me, huh? I swear I see BIG pockets of air in those pictures!
RonSeptember 16, 2020 at 12:33 am #13275
I would say there is air in the bags, not a crazy amount I could take more pictures if you can help me, just don’t want to lose a possible great piece of meat you know? As I said before though there is some air I wouldn’t say an extreme amount but a notice able amount. During the seal process I didn’t get fully all the air out, but after 24 hours the side that didn’t have the best contact compared to all the other sides basically lost all the contact with the bag and that’s what I’m basically stating, the bones never had much contact either because the bag wouldnt stick to it, but that side in the picture has some air but I can manually put the bag and stick it to the meat with no interference of air it just doesn’t stay on the meat. I see you help a lot of people and if you say it could be because if a whole you can guarantee I’m cutting that roast into steaks tonight, but if the air amount is permissible I would love to leave it till October 12. Thanks again Ron looking forward to your reply
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