Ordering Prime Steaks as a gift... [Moved from Home Cooking board]
I am looking at Allen Brothers right now (any other suggestions?).
I am trying to decide between Wet-Aged,Never Frozen steaks and Dry-Aged, Frozen steaks.
Even though the meat price is a little cheaper, the never frozen comes out a little more expensive because the shipping is twice as much.
Which one's better?
I don't know about Allen Brothers particularly but generally frozen isn't a big deal to me. As long as you defrost properly and cook properly, there shouldn't be much of a difference in quality. I'd much rather have a dry aged steak then a wet aged. To me, a wet aged steak tastes bland and has a mushy texture. I don't think its worth the money to special order prime wet-aged steak. Dry aged steak definitely has a better taste and texture. it is a firmer texture but still tender. Most of the top steakhouses in the big cities serve dry aged steak. I know Morton's is a major chain that uses wet aged steak and I think it shows and their steaks aren't very good.
I have never ordered steaks, but I hope my opinion helps.
IMO, the never frozen would be better because freezing just seems to damage the meat, whether they're eventually freezer burned or not.
I just seem to detect a freshness difference in frozen and never frozen at my own meat counter...so that's why I give this opinion to you.