COOKIING TIP: Preparing Dry Aged Steak with Umami Taste at Home

Previously, I wrote a post describing how one could prepare a steak at home, with taste as close as possible to the taste of a dry aged restaurant steak  (Dry-Aged Steak at Home (8/2/11). In a more recent (2/27/13) post, I described the history of UMAMI, the FIFTH TASTE. The new taste, UMAMI, is described as  "savory", "meaty" or "delicious".  Previously, it was thought that there were only four basic tastes; sweet, sour, bitter and salty.  In addition, I listed some of the ways in which the UMAMI taste could be added to food. Recently, I came across a description of preparing dry-aged steak at home which uses the method I described previously (post of 8/2/11)  plus a way of adding additional UMAMI taste to the steak. (Nathan Myhrvold , Food and Wine magazine  Oct 12, 2012, pg. 38). While the recipe calls for rib-eye steak, any steak, of equal size, could be substituted. The preparation requires six days to complete so plan, appropriately, for when you want the steaks to be ready for eating - the planning and wait will be well worth them. The recipe follows:

Two 12 oz, one inch thick thick, boneless,  rib eye steaks
1 1/2 Tbsp Asian fish sauce
kosher salt and pepper

1) Place steaks, in a single layer, in a sealable plastic bag. Add fish sauce and turn to coat. Press
 out as much air from the bag as possible, seal and refrigerate for three days.

2) Remove steaks from bag. Tightly wrap each one in a double layer of cheese cloth, place on a rack over a plate and refrigerate, uncovered, for three more days.

3) Unwrap steaks, discard cheese cloth and allow the steak to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Apply salt and pepper and grill.

Enjoy!