The Tools You Need to Dry-Age Beef at Home

The three-piece setup to dry-age your own meat

dry aging beef
Enhance the flavor of your steaks with the dry-aging process, all from the comfort of your kitchen.Markus Spiske/Pexels

So you want to dry-age your own beef in your own home. First, we need to let you know it is more difficult and involved than some guides let on. Lining individual steaks with cheesecloth or paper towels, for example, come up dry and not in a good way.

For success, you’ll need to start with a large cut of meat, like a large rib roast. From there, dry-aging takes dedicated equipment, time, and large, primal cuts. We’re here to help you tackle the first of those three.

Emerson Mini Fridge

Emerson mini refrigerator.
Meat your mini-fridge.Amazon

Speaking of dedicated, your best bet is a mini-fridge like this one from Emerson. The temperature must be kept consistent (between 36-40°F), and with your everyday refrigerator, the door gets opened how many times a day? Plus there's the whole issue of meat picking up other food flavors, and vice versa.

Vornado Circulating Fan

Vornado desk fan.
The small desk fan is its very own Vornado.Amazon

As its name suggests, nothing allows air flow to circulate like the Vornado Compact Air Circulator Fan. (Yes, you will have to cut a small notch in the soft sealant around the door. But, and we say this with the utmost confidence—you can do it.)

Govee Temperature Monitor

Govee monitor.
The best monitors are the one that check in with you.Amazon

Remember that bit about temperature and air flow consistency? Well, this Govee Temperature Humidity Monitor records both and syncs to your phone via Bluetooth, which is great for the keep-the-fridge-closed aspect of this endeavor.

Pyrex Baking Dish

Pyrex baking dish.
Like much in food, and in trays, it all comes down to preference.Amazon

Note: This piece is optional, but you should strongly consider some kind of tray-like object to catch any drippings. If you don’t have a tray lying around the kitchen already, this Pyrex is perfectly capable of lying around, or more accurately, under the meat.