The 4th of July, depending on when you’re reading this, is just around the corner. If you’re planning on dry-aging your steaks at home this year, now is the time to start thinking about how much you’re planning on serving, and how long you’ll need to complete the dry-age process. In this article, we’ll cover some of the basics on how long to age your subprimals to ensure just the right flavors and textures for your Independence Day gatherings.

Remember, regardless of the size of beef you’re aging, the longer you age it, the more flavorful it will become. And while going big will sound temping to many, keep in mind that the flavor profile from a cut aged more than 40-45 days (approximately) can be a little too intense for most people. Start gradual, have fun, and enjoy the process of dry-aging steak at home!

Smaller Subprimals, 8-12 Pound Range

As a rule of thumb, a smaller subprimal or decent-sized roast will not require more than about 21 days in your SteakAger. This results in a nice balanced flavor with noticeable tenderness and a texture that melts in your mouth. Going longer on a small cut will produce a very powerful flavor and may result is unwanted dryness.

Medium Subprimals, 13-17 Pound Range

For medium cuts in the 13 to 17 pound range, give or take, many enthusiasts like to begin the process about 30 days out, or towards the end of the first week of June. Starting late certainly won’t hurt your subprimals, but it might not be enough time to fully unleash all of the natural flavors and texture. 

Large Subprimals, Over 18 Pounds

Larger subprimals, especially those that approach the 20+ pound range, will do very well when started 35-40 days out. If you’re new to dry-aging steak at home or not hosting a huge crowd, it might be best to start with something a bit smaller just to get a feel for the process and how it affects each cut differently.

When it comes to enjoying the best steaks you’ve ever had at home, nothing beats the results you’ll get from the SteakAger. For more information on the best ways to age steak at home and choosing the right unit for your needs, visit our products section or get in touch with the SteakAger team to speak with one of our staff experts.