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The Beef Box
The Beef Box

 

The Beef Box
The Beef Box

 

The Beef Box is a dry aging system that allows you to conveniently age beef at home. It can produce steak house quality dry-aged steak for a fraction of the price. The Beef Box not only saves you money but also allows the user to customize the flavor profile of the beef for a truly unique experience. 

Fresh Cuts
Fresh Cuts

 

Dry aging steak takes a large cut of beef and over time allows for excess moisture to escape, making the meat tender and juicy. Most of the moisture comes out within the first three weeks and when trimmed and served makes for a much tastier and tender steak. Double that amount of time and it starts to transform into something truly unique.

Aging beef requires a delicate environment in order for the meat to dry out slowly and safely over time. The Beef Box provides the perfect environment to age steaks every time. 

Aged steak is always juicy
Aged steak is always juicy


What a nice crust
What a nice crust

 

Aged to perfection!
Aged to perfection!

 

Aged steaks are expensive! This is typically due to the extra time it takes to properly age the beef. You can go to a high-end steakhouse for a nice dry aged Prime Ribeye and pay upwards of $60. Very few grocery stores actually sell aged steaks. If you are lucky enough to find one, they can sell for a 60% premium. This is where the Beef Box comes in. 

The Beef Box allows you to enjoy dry-aged steak in the comfort of your own home without breaking the bank. It's as easy as the following these simple steps:

  • Buy the Beef Box!
  • Purchase the cut of your choice from your local grocery store
  • Place meat in the Beef Box
  • Put the Beef Box in the refrigerator
  • Wait as long as you desire 
  • Remove from refrigerator
  • Cook and enjoy
A nice USDA Boneless Ribeye Primal
A nice USDA Boneless Ribeye Primal

 

 

A dash of salt please
A dash of salt please

 

 Cost savings

The Beef Box will pay for itself in only 1 use. 

The beef will transform from $10.99/lb to over $18.00/lb in just 30 days. The Prime Ribeye shown above was purchased for $213. After aging in the Beef Box, the Ribeye is now worth $340. That is a savings of $127, which conveniently is the cost of a new Beef Box. The unit is easily re-usable so each and every time you age, you save...save...save.

 

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  • Next party
  • Epic summer cookout
  • Christmas feast
  • Special occasion

 

 

The Beef Box works by replicating a professional dry aging environment inside your home refrigerator.

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This is accomplished by creating the necessary conditions that dry aging requires.

  • Controlled humidity
  • Regulated temperature
  • Sufficient airflow

The Beef Box's proprietary control system monitors and adjusts to create the perfect steak aging environment.   

Humidity

The humidity is controlled by a fan and slider mechanism. The fan will maintain the optimal dry aging environment while the slider adjusts the exhaust opening. The levels needed lie within a range of 60-80% relative humidity. The beef box is designed to maintain this range throughout the aging process.

Temperature

The temperature is displayed on the LED display. This allows the user to adjust the refrigerator thermostat in order to achieve the desired temperature range of 35-38°F. 

Airflow

The necessary airflow is controlled with the intake fan. The airflow has been verified to meet the optimal velocity over the beef surface. This aids in the drying process and helps prevent bacterial growth.

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Time

Typical aging duration is between 14-30 days. It is recommended to wait at least 21 days in order for the flavor profile to develop and to maximize tenderness. The longer you age, the more the flavor will change. This allows for customization of your favorite dry-aged settings.

  • Open the Beef Box container and place the cut on the wire rack.
  • Plug in the USB power supply.
  • Place the unit in refrigerator and plug in the nearest outlet. The cord will not hinder the closing of the door or affect the performance of the fridge. 
  • Leave the unit in the fridge for a few hours for the unit to stabilize, then check the temperature and humidity levels. Adjust the thermostat in the fridge as needed to achieve the range of 35-38°F. Adjust the slider position to set the humidity limit. Open the slider to lower the humidity and close it to increase it. 
  • Now just wait at least three week.
  • Slice and serve when ready. 

 

 

Day 21: The reward for your patience

Here we go!
Here we go!

 

Can't get any better...unless you keep waiting
Can't get any better...unless you keep waiting

 

Nicely trimmed
Nicely trimmed

Specifications

Dimensions

  • Length: 18.5 in.
  • Width: 14.9 in.
  • Height: 12.1 in.

Components

Rewards:

There are two options of rewards to choose from. The first option is the complete Beef Box unit, ready to go out of the box. This unit will be fully assembled with only the need to place your meat in the box and plug it in. We recommend this option for our domestic customers.

  • Domestic shipping - $25
  • International shipping - $65-$100 (see rewards for region)

The second option consists of our proprietary control system plus a wire rack. This unit will be able to transform nearly any container into the perfect dry-aging environment. The wire rack was designed to allow for sufficient airflow under the beef which most off-the-shelf wire racks lack. Instructions on how to cut the openings as well as a template will be provided. We recommend this option for our international customers.

  • Domestic shipping - $15  
  • International shipping - $35

Timeline:

The timeline for production of the Beef Box has been meticulously planned out. The preferred vendors have all been selected and some of the production samples have already been received and evaluated. The remaining components need to be tooled up which will be our critical path for delivery. 

The goal is to ship before Christmas so you can plan ahead for one great gift. 

 

 

Our first Beef Box
Our first Beef Box

The Beef Box was inspired from the pursuit of another dry-aging device (Stay tuned...) that we were developing. The thought came to replicating the dry-aging environment rather than re-creating it. The idea of altering the current conditions of the environment instead of altering the environment itself. A dry aging refrigerator will alter the conditions by physically adding temperature and humidity. The Box Beef simply uses these conditions created by a household refrigerator and regulates them.

The first Prototype not only worked as a proof of concept but also a great data acquisition tool. We varied the fan as well as covering the holes and analyzed the data. This let us write a suitable design of experiments for the next aging test. We also 3D printed the fan housing and slider design to verify fit and function. The next beef run lasted 45 days that led to over 150 test trials. After analyzing the data and writing some code, we were able to control the conditions and the Beef Box was officially born. Further tests gave even more insight into the process. We are always learning and working on making the best product as possible. 

 

 

 

 

The team

We created so you can create! We are a group of designers, engineers, home cooks, and steak enthusiasts that want to help you get the best steak at home.

Our Team
Our Team

Geomen was founded on the principle of design and engineering working to produce a quality product at a reasonable price.   

The founding members consist of 2 mechanical engineers, 1 electrical engineer and an industrial designer. The team has extensive product development experience and have led many successful projects from concept to production. 

Guarantee

Every Kickstarter purchase will come with a personal guarantee of satisfaction. 

 Special Thanks

A special thanks goes to the Lost Years for the help with the music for our campaign. You can check out their music and tour dates below:

http://lostyears.net/music

Risks and challenges

There are many risks and challenges when releasing a new product. Experience has taught us that the work put in before production will minimize the issues encountered after production. However, due to the nature of a start-up, tried and true suppliers have yet to be discovered.
All vendors undergo a vetting process to gain as much trust as possible but uncertainty still exists.

We have received production samples of a majority of components. The main concerns lie in the manufactured items that require tooling and sample phases such as:
-PCB assembly
-Injection molded parts
-Wire rack

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