I've salted the steaks, but I can't get the grill going. If I store them in the fridge and cook them tomorrow, will the fact they are salted already ruin the meat?


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It's quite possible that meat might even be improved. From an article at Serious Eats :

Indeed, the absolute best steak I had was one that I had salted on both sides then allowed to rest on a rack overnight in the refrigerator uncovered. It appears to dry out slightly, but it's only superficial—the amount of drying that occurs from an overnight rest (about 5% moisture loss) is negligible compared to the amount of moisture driven off during cooking anyway (upwards of 20%, even more in the hard-seared edges). As the salt makes its way back into the meat, you'll probably also notice that it becomes a deeper color. That's because the dissolved proteins scatter light differently than they did when they were still whole.

The 'uncovered' is important in the discussion of 'dry brining', as you want the surface to dry out without needing to blot it (which would remove salt with it) ... it doesn't have to be completely uncovered, but whatever cover it has should allow sufficient air flow for it to dry out.

  • Thank you - I did wrap it but will uncover it now. Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 21:32

You weren't intending on removing any salt while cooking immediately, so the amount you have salted should be enough for eating it now or later.

If you're worried about being too heavy handed with the salt, you could always rinse it off and then wrap it in paper towels to dry in the fridge overnight. Or wipe it off with a paper towel.

Accurate salting overnight (not too much) should result in a better sear, as the salt draws the moisture out of the meat.

  • Thank you. I wrapped it in freezer paper but will unwrap it and cover it lightly with a paper towel until I cook it tonight. Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 21:34

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