Many customers at The Wagyu Shop™ can't wait to dig in to their order of premium Wagyu beef when it arrives. But what if you're not ready to eat it just yet? Whether it's being saved for a special occasion or part of a large order to stock up, all Wagyu beef needs to be properly handled and stored to preserve it's flavorful, tender qualities. Use the following tips to make sure your Wagyu beef stays in prime condition until you're ready to start cooking.
If your Wagyu beef will be consumed in the next 48 hours, it can simply be stored in the refrigerator. Follow these steps for the best results:
- Keep it in the coolest part of the fridge to preserve the freshness
- Make sure the packaging is intact and airtight before storing.
- Raw meat should be placed on the lowest shelf to avoid contamination with other foods in the event of spills or drips.
Wagyu beef can also be frozen if you're not ready to eat it within a day or two. Raw meat should be kept in the freezer for no longer than 1 month. The following tips can help to ensure that your beef stays fresh while frozen:
- Make sure the packaging is airtight. If you're at all unsure whether the original packaging has been compromised, consider placing it within a resealable plastic bag or airtight container for an extra layer of protection.
- Keep beef on the lowest shelf in the coldest part of the freezer (far away from the door if possible).
Once you're ready to eat your Wagyu beef, it's best to thaw it slowly. Take it out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours, keeping it in its airtight packaging throughout. This will help to retain the flavor and tenderness as the beef thaws out.
Do not run your Wagyu beef under hot water or use the microwave to defrost it.
The last step for properly handling your Wagyu beef is to cut it correctly. First, let your steak sit at room temperature for one hour before cutting and cooking. Remember that authentic A5 Japanese Wagyu steaks are usually cut much thinner than traditional American steaks. You could also cut it into thin slices or cubes. With Australian or American Wagyu beef, a thicker cut may be better, especially for cooking methods like grilling and roasting.
When you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy the same flavorful and luxurious dining experience regardless of whether you plan to eat your Wagyu beef right away.