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AZMDTed

Umai bag in garage fridge

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Hi all,

 

I thought I was being smart and doing everything right as I prepared to start dry aging.  I could use extra freezer space so I decided to get a mid size fridge that would give me freezer space and fridge space to dry age. I found one on sale and it showed up yesterday and it’s humming along in my garage.   My Umai bags are also here. Then I do more research and find out that Umai and garage fridges don’t do well together in the winter.  BTW I’m in Maryland and we are at the edge of the current frigid spell.  Teens at night and about 30 now, but single digits next week.  

 

My my garage gets to 50 during the day but down to 47 at night, probably lower next week.  I’m not worried about the temp of the fridge, I’ve read enough to know that it will be okay. The only thing in the freezer is an 18 pound turkey I just picked up at Walmart for $7.  I’m not worried about it thawing in the freezer.  My concern though is with airflow and moisture control in the fridge. 

 

With it it being so cold the fridge won’t have to work much to maintain a good temp, and without it working normally I’m concerned that there won’t be enough air movement to help absorb the moisture loss from dry aging.  To help that I’ve added a glass brownie dish with two pounds of coarse sea salt on the bottom of the fridge. I also just put in a computer case fan that I have on a timer to run for an hour, off for an hour, 24x7.  The fan is on the bottom as well facing across the salt.

 

Once the winter breaks I shouldn’t need this, but to get through my first dry age that’s my plan.  Any thoughts from those who’ve been there, done that?

 

Thanks. 

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Hello @AZMDTed  we are about in the same temp zones.  i'm in VA, just south of IAD.  I just did a Costco 17pound rib roast w/ an Umai bag in my garage frig, and it turned out fine.  I started it on Nov 19th, and pulled in out on Dec 25th.    It was great. no issues from what I could tell. I did open by frig about once a day or so to check it out or pull soda/water out to drink.  Other than that, that was it.

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