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October 15, 2019 at 8:33 pm #3594
First of all, hello to everyone here on the forum! This is my first time trying out the dry bags. So here’s my situation.
I started on saturday (10/12/2019) with a Ribeye and a NY strip.
So today, I’m 3 days in (10/15/2019) and I decided to check on them. The ribeye looks like This but it looks like the NY strip is looking like This and This.
To me, the ribeye looks like it’s doing pretty well. But the NY strip looks like it lost vacuum. I have no idea where the leak is and I’m pretty sure if I poke a hole, push the air out and tape the hole, it will lose adhesion again.
I ordered more bags and they’re supposed to come in tomorrow (10/16/2019). Should I take it out and rebag?
Thanks in advance and I hope y’all can help me sort this out!October 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm #12621
Welcome aboard. I agree the strip has a leakage issue. Have you examined your sealed end? When you say “and I’m pretty sure if I poke a hole, push the air out and tape the hole, it will lose adhesion again.” I’m not sure why you think it won’t work. This solution has worked for others over the years!
RonOctober 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm #12622
If I have a bad seal on the sealed end, wouldn’t it just leak again? I dont think i can reseal the sealed end because there’s not much room left.
Does the ribeye look good to you?October 15, 2019 at 9:15 pm #12623
Yes – the ribeye looks fine. If you don’t have enough room to reseal the end then that’s that. I was just trying to help you to possibly solve the problem and not have to replace the bag.
RonOctober 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm #12624
Yeah, I don’t mind replacing the bag if I have to. I rather waste a bag than a whole slab of steak. What do I have to do to re bag the steak? Do I have to wet the meat again so the bag can adhere to the meat? Any tips?October 15, 2019 at 10:52 pm #12625DaveMember
You’re going to have to judge if it’s a hole in the bag or just a bad seal..but if you think it’s just the vaccuum sealer didn’t do a good job, you can push the air out and just tie off the seal end. (ie. create a new seal) You really only need to keep the bag in contact with the meat until it dries to the point of sticking. Then it kind of doesn’t matter if there’s a slow leak.
If you think there’s a hole in your bag, somewhere other than the seal, sounds like you have to just replace the bag. hope that helpsOctober 16, 2019 at 12:00 am #12626
As I replied to another poster earlier today…
… as long as the meat stays cold during the transfer and you are working in a clean environment in your kitchen the risk is pretty low. You might want to use bottled water and a clean sprayer.
RonOctober 16, 2019 at 1:43 am #12627
Got it! I’ll re bag it and give you guys an update. Thanks so much! Hopefully I dont mess it up!October 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm #12629
Well, hopefully the rebag was a success. I figured the weak link of my operation here. When I took the meat out of the old bag, I cleaned the old bag and used it to practice some sealing. I saw dead spots on the seal. So looks like my vacuum sealer will be going to the trash. I put the meat in a new bag and did the straw and zip tie method. Hopefully it keeps vacuum enough for the bag to adhere to the meat.October 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm #12630
Looking good! You’re in for some great meals ahead! How long are you planning to age them?
RonOctober 16, 2019 at 9:21 pm #12631
Instructions say 28-45 days. So I’m gonna go in the middle at 35 days. This is gonna be the longest 35 days of my life! Haha!October 17, 2019 at 12:00 am #12632
Fine – you want to stay with the aging period suggested per instructions…nothing wrong with that decision! As you become a veteran here at dry aging you may want to age the thicker sub-primals such as ribeye and sirloin for 45, 60 or even longer.
RonOctober 17, 2019 at 12:59 am #12633
Great! I don’t know how many times in these last 10 years that I have suggested to “do as I did” rather than waste my first sealing failure I sealed sealed and sealed again practicing until I learned how my FS sealer was going to seal my UMAi Dry bag.
RonOctober 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm #12677October 22, 2019 at 5:03 pm #12678
It looks good to me! NOW please stop fretting about it!
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