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A dry-ageing process improvement

06 August 2017

The meat dry-ageing process employed by Lake District Farmers is helping to add a distinctive depth of flavour to its products. 

Dry-ageing meat is an important process to improve product taste and tenderness. Dry-ageing works by exposing meats to a carefully controlled environment with precise temperature and humidity levels.  The conditions necessary for dry-ageing requires the use of refrigeration equipment. 

The process can result in significant moisture loss from the product and to counter this Lake District Farmers has recently added a dehumidifier to the process. “The difference to the process is noticeable. When you walk into one of our chillers you can see the process working with a cloud of moisture being taken out of the meat. It’s great to see,” explained Dan Austin, managing director at Lake District Farmers. “We really have seen instant results since we purchased a Calorex DT450 dehumidifier and have had no hesitation in expanding that to another chiller. The cuts of meat we produce have to be of the highest quality and our exclusive clientele have certainly seen the difference since the dehumidifiers have been installed.”

The dehumidifier was added to the process following a move to larger premises. While the fridges originally used in the smaller facility were getting the job done, the move to larger proportions, following the move, highlighted the moisture related issues.

“The chillers at our current premises are the size of a football pitch and are two or three times bigger than at our previous location,” continued Austin. “The methods we were using previously did work, but it didn’t take long to realise that with much bigger chillers, we needed something that was going to work effectively and more efficiently.

“We had previously talked about using a dehumidifier and, following discussions with the sales team at Calorex to get a better understanding of their products we decided that this was the way to go.”

Lake District Farmers has just received its second dehumidifier – a larger Calorex DT1300, which enables it to remotely monitor the fridges status. “For us, the dehumidifiers are important machines because of what they do and how they help our processes of dry-aging the meat. In fact, they have exceeded our expectations in the results they are achieving.”

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