Dry Aged Beef: The Magic of the Old Ways

Dry aged beef

Credit: InterContinental Hong Kong

Considering all the conveniences that this generation of foodies is enjoying, you may wonder how our predecessors survived the years without them. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” so they say.  References will tell you the ingenious ways our ancestors have dealt with the situation. Food Processing History shares …

“History of food processing is the history of transformation process of raw ingredients into food or food into other forms. Food processing dates back to the prehistoric age when crude processing including various types of cooking, such as roasting, smoking, steaming, fermenting, sun drying and preserving with salt were in practice. Food processing is probably one of the oldest avocations man has been involved with from time immemorial.”

Dry-aging is just using this antiquated method of preserving or curing meat. This traditional meat processing method was the mode until plastics and refrigeration came into the picture. Vacuum packaging improved the method of preserving the quality of meat, but it deprives the eaters that distinguishing dry aged complexity of flavor and rich quality – more robust and tender and with buttery succulence. [Read more…]

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Judging Your Wine: Getting Better with Age

wine better with ageIf you like even love the taste of wine but you seem not to make a head or tail about it by simply smelling its aroma, that’s understandable.

Untangling the subtle filaments interlaced into multifaceted aromas of wine takes time and experience. This means you’ll learn more as you taste more.

It is not very different from appreciating art or music; pleasure is proportional to the work you make. Appreciating wine and understanding its nuances has a lot to do with the ability to use your senses – smell, taste and sight. When that time comes, all your hard effort will be rewarded.

There is nothing wrong about having favorites and preferences, but it is also important not to limit yourself especially because there is a world of wine out there for your discovery. Initially, however, you have to set aside wine prejudices. Start with a clean slate. [Read more…]

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