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November 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm #1160AnonymousGuest
This week has been a real doozer! After much anticipation I received my aging kit from DryBag. Prior to it arriving I pretty much digested everything there was on the website and YouTube in preparation. I was sadly mistaken.
I ventured to COSTCO and threw down $70 for choice subprimal sirloin. Got it home- prepped the area- took a few breaths and commenced to ruin every bag I had. I had also successfully created a few new cuss words during the process.
Being a retired Blackhawk pilot and what I deem a sensible and methodical person who knows how to follow directions- I was left babbling in the kitchen looking at 14 newly cut sirloin steaks!
After Thea allowed me to cry on her shoulder via my cell phone I realized that the first time I had sealed the bag was actually quite sufficient. I was in fact overthinking the process. You see… I was thinking that if there was a quarter or dime sized pocket of air in the sealed Dry Bag that I would- over the course of two weeks, unleash a plague of biblical proportions upon my family if allowed to dine on the processed steaks.
Thea carefully explained that if that is the case in the future then use a meat bag or fold under the corner to keep the surrounding area tight against the meat. I now have a pair of my wife’s panty hose at the ready for the next try (when my second supply of Dry Bags arrive)
In the interim, and out of necessity, I invented a little device made from an aluminum block that works perfectly on odd sized objects during the vacuum process. As a matter of fact it works so well that you can actually see the channels where the air was being vacuumed out of the bag. I used two heads of garlic and a spoon in an attempt to foul up the process. After three different positions, and three different sized practice bags- I couldn’t get it to clog. The holes are beveled and highly polished. The channels go all the way through the sides BUT the top and bottom holes are only drilled to the channels that run from edge to edge.
The good thing about this device is that it can be sterilized prior to use without affecting its integrity.
I will post pictures of my next sealing adventure and let you know how it turned out- regardless!November 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm #4146AnonymousGuestNovember 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm #4147
that’s interesting. Is there a tube or such that runs from the Sinbo snorkel to that orb? If not then I guess I don’t quite understand why it works if it is so far down in the bag.November 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm #4148AnonymousGuestNovember 5, 2010 at 8:20 pm #4149
Thanks – I got it now. The proximity to the snorkel was the part I wasn’t clear on. Same placement as my raft made from rigid plastic tubing.
November 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm #4151AnonymousGuest
Hate to laugh at you, Hawk, but BTDT! :laugh: Standing there think’n, this was a waste of money, wife will be so proud of me……again. :blush: But once you get it right, it really is pretty easy, from what I’ve found. Sounds like it is well worth it, too.
Can’t be a perfectionist in the kitchen, hard to do and I still have trouble. But, what a better way to raise the blood pressure. 😆
I like your UVO. Good luck when the bags come in.November 8, 2010 at 7:14 am #4164AnonymousGuest
Well hawkpilot, I have to say, that was funny, because it was as though somebody had filmed me, and then put it into words…..I did the same thing. I am an aircraft engineer, and definitely over thought the process as well, but after this last one turning out so well from the seal to the BBQ, its really as easy as it gets. Im really glad I found out about these bags, they are the cats A**November 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm #4171AnonymousGuest
Thank you for letting me know that I have a doppelgänger who also happens to be associated with aviation. I hope the coincidence isn’t indicative of our other aviary brothers and sisters! We may see a significant decline in a certain area of mass transportation if they think that we can’t even manage to throw meat in a bag. Thanks for the moral and culinary support, I’ve got your back should you ever revisit the nightmare that was the first try.
Even during my first trip to A-Stan in 2003 I managed to scrounge up, trade, barter, beg…the food contractors for luxury items. I was responsible for making sure one of our down days brought a taste of home. Over the course of the following year the crowds grew, as did the supply channel. My second trip in ’05 I found the grill in its exact place only a little more road weary. I don’t know if the moderators will remove the picture but it does have steak pictured!
Respectfully, HawkNovember 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm #4172AnonymousGuest
Great pic, Hawk!November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm #4173
Good picture! Thanks for sharing one light moment though the sandbag background is a grim reminder of the perils of grilling in harms way.November 10, 2010 at 10:35 am #4175AnonymousGuest
RRP asked me if I was hooked on this new dry ageing method, well you can see me this Sunday on an episode of Intervention, where they try to convince me to turn my house from a giant fridge full of meat, back into a home for my family.November 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm #4176AnonymousGuest
I’m there with you! Listen….shhhhhhhhhhh here’s what they’ll try to do to capture you, take it from someone that’s been hiding and shirking responsibility all of his life-If a cute as a button person of your dreams runs into your yard and screams at the top of their lungs ” …THERE’S A TRUCK OVERTURNED AROUND THE CORNER AND IT SPILLED WAGYU KOBE BEEF ALL OVER THE FREEWAY- CAN I BORROW YOUR WHEEL BARROW!!!!!?”
Don’t go! It’s a trick!
It’s only cubed beef tips!
Ahhh Ha ha ha…STOP….MY RIBS!
Good luck.November 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm #4177AnonymousGuest
Houston…the meat is in the fridge! Update- My beautiful wife and I managed to get the prime into a bag and successfully, with the help of a leg of panty hose, make the package appear to have been processed by someone that knew what they were doing. On the 22nd of November (after 14 days) we will see the results. I will take pictures at the midway point and post.
As a side note- I’m going to make an attempt at manufacturing a UVO from cutting board material. If it works out I’ll post the process here on the forum.
Lastly, has anyone ever tried to do venison? My wife and I consume a good amount of venison each year (naturally all predicated on my hunter gathering skills). Input will be greatly appreciated.
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Like you, my first attempt was frustrating and Thea came to my rescue. I used the raft technique but I am intrigued by the orb approach. I am assuming it’s stainless steel and it looks to be beautifully finished. What did you start with before drilling it out. I may want to try your “system”.
EdNovember 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm #4210AnonymousGuest
Thank you for your kind words. I started off with a piece of 2×2 aluminum block cut approx 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Begin by drilling three holes completely through two of the smaller sides of the square, essentially creating 9 holes. I then, without measuring, started drilling holes across the two larger faces of the square.
[i]The best analogy I can think of so you can picture this is you have a sandwich and you poke three holes on two sides of the crust- all the way through and out the other side- then poke holes through the top and the bottom of the white part![/i]
I did not drill these holes completely through to the other side…I stopped when I felt the drill break through to one of the nine channels. Afterwards I used my knife grinder to begin roughly shaping the saucer ( you can use a simple belt sander or disc sander from Harbor Freight and get the same results) . Once roughed out I used a step drill bit (also from harbor freight) and beveled the holes so there were no sharp edges. After that if there was a space that I thought looked like it needed a hole…I drilled one. One key step you will want to do is to take a small round file and across every set of three holes file a small channel in it to nestle the snorkel. I found this out after a few tries where I thought the performance could have been better from the UVO. Then….polish POLISH POLLLLIIIIISSSHHHH. While on the buffer I noticed that the holes bevelled even more and the sharp edges disappeared. I hope this is clear as mud. I’m on day 12 and the bag is still holding a beautiful seal, the meat is turning a dark dark aged patina and I believe the pair of panty hose has aided in the process.
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