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New Trend, "Old Beef"

TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,479
edited August 5 in Beef

I learned something new, apparently an 8 year old cow is considered "old". I had never really thought about that. Anyways, interesting article. They liken it to Wagyu in terms of flavor and marbeling. Makes sense I guess. Thoughts??

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-trend-in-steak-old-beef-11564997401



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  • billt01billt01 Posts: 995

    I learned something new, apparently an 8 year old cow is considered "old". I had never really thought about that. Anyways, interesting article. They liken it to Wagyu in terms of flavor and marbeling. Makes sense I guess. Thoughts??

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-trend-in-steak-old-beef-11564997401


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  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,479
    edited August 5
    haha I didn't realize it wouldn't let you all see it. Cliffs notes version. The new "IT" thing in steakhouses is to apparently buy beef from cows that are older (5-10 years old) as opposed to the usual 2 years old. Apparently the flavor profile is similar to a dry aged beef with the marbling of Wagyu. The meat generally is a little more tough but the high brows compare it to drinking a quality aged wine. Thought it was interesting that a 8 year old cow is considered old. I guess I never really thought about it before.


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  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,479

    Some Excerpts

    "He often brings raw meat to a table to highlight how the fat in an older cow is visible “in little flecks” versus the “lightning bolts” in younger steak, which can create more tenderness when properly prepared, he says. “The marbling is as good as our Wagyu,” says Mr. Watts. “It’s definitely our most special beef.” Servers explain that the older cut is analogous to a full-bodied red wine. Diner Mr. Bolls is a convert."

    "At RPM Steak in Chicago, executive chef Doug Psaltis started offering older cows as a special two years ago, inspired by chefs in Spain. Now “vintage or antique” beef appears every other week, including a $58 ribeye from a 6-year-old dairy cow, he says. Recent specials have included a “tartare of vintage beef” along with a “coal-roasted Vaca Vieja Chuleton.” The older meat is often prepared over charcoal rather than in a broiler because “vintage beef is unique in its taste and texture,” he adds."

    "Servers tell customers the older meat has more connective tissue, which means it’s more muscular and harder to bite. “Younger beef could be like chewing bubblegum, mature beef tends to be a little bit of a tougher bite,” says Mr. Psaltis. But some diners like the richer flavor. “I don’t even have to add truffle butter,” says Sean Mayman, 29, a Chicago-based IT worker."

    "Because older cattle is at higher risk for disease, U.S. government regulations require meat processors to remove the spine, brain and other tissues when slaughtering cattle older than 30 months. That can make it difficult to find plants willing to process older cows, says Jordan Beeman, who runs HeartBrand Beef, a ranch in Flatonia, Texas. "

    Offerings include steak from mature beef at Tris in the Woodlands, Texas. Photo: Austin Simmons

    "Some chefs are now paying prime-grade beef prices for old cows that were once used solely for ground beef or animal food and sold at a discount, says Austin Simmons, chef at Tris in the Woodlands, Texas, who buys Mr. Beeman’s mature beef. The older animals offer “the most concentrated beef flavor that I’ve ever had in my life,” says Mr. Simmons."



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  • Just saw a chef’s table with Magnus Nielssen this week and he loves to use older dairy cows from his dairy in his restaurants. This is contrary to the US train of thought (I don’t think we even grade cows that old). It seems 30 months or younger is the preferred route here. 
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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,493
    There's a restaurant in Spain that I saw on some Netflix show (I think) a couple of years ago that served steaks from animals as old as 17 if I remember correctly.
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  • EoinEoin Posts: 2,653
    Beef here is nearly all under 30 months of age. Above this, additional measures have to be taken at the slaughterhouse as a hangover from the BSE issues we had, so costs are higher for older animals.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 31,291
    Eoin said:
    Beef here is nearly all under 30 months of age. Above this, additional measures have to be taken at the slaughterhouse as a hangover from the BSE issues we had, so costs are higher for older animals.
    Yeah, I remember when you gents got hit with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 31,291
    Can't tell it anywhere, actually because it's so rare and confidentiality and all that.  Anyway, some serious issues in dealing with a body after death having that disease.  Very expensive.
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  • DondgcDondgc Posts: 468
    edited August 6
    Sounds like an industry plan to better  monetize older livestock. Might take some pressure off of beef prices.
    New Orleans LA
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