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What's written on a Japanese Wagyu cattle nose print certificate?

July 14th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,971 times • 1 min read

Besides the incredible marbling and exquisite flavor profile, another thing to admire about Japanese Wagyu is the system of 100% traceability for every animal. The nose print certificates, which track every animal's lineage, place of birth and other details, are the carefully-managed centerpiece of this system. Starting in July of this year, we are offering Kobe Beef, and for the lucky few who are able to score some of this rare Wagyu, we are...

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Kobe Beef: Japan's Iconic Wagyu

July 2nd by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 7,266 times • 1 min read

Kobe Beef is iconic. You could visit the Medina of Fez, a pool hall in Kiev or a village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and ask almost anyone — and they would tell you they’ve heard of Kobe Beef. There are few things in the culinary world as highly regarded or as rare. It’s scarcity has contributed to its overall aura. Only a relatively small group of farmers and processors in Hyogo Prefecture are qualified to raise it, and each calf...

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How to Make a Wagyu Katsu Sando at Home

May 21st by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 27,137 times • 2 min read

The internet’s been abuzz with a trendy steak sandwich known as the Wagyu Katsu Sando — a crunchy, panko-breaded and fried cutlet of A5 nestled between two buttery slices of toasted white bread, and topped with a tangy sauce. Popularized in Japan, this dish has made its way across Instagram and into American cuisine — rightfully celebrated for its tender, ultra-marbled, beefy middle and crispy outer layer. Only a few restaurants in the US even...

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How to Make Wagyu Brisket Bacon

April 8th by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 6,780 times • 2 min read

Bacon is universally loved. It’s the perfect combination of crispiness and chew, a literal wave of savory, salty goodness that makes it completely irresistible.While it’s usually associated with pork, BBQ aficionados are raving about the beef version — cured and smoked beef belly (navel). Another variety of beef bacon uses the brisket (what the navel connects to). Since brisket is leaner than the belly, it’s essential to have lots of marbling...

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Japanese Wagyu Butchery 101

March 31st by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer • Read 7,047 times • 3 min read

Japanese Wagyu is one of the most luxurious foods in the world — a distinction earned not just because of its unique Kuroge genetics, but because of the many traditions practiced in Japan, spanning from the way the animals are raised to how the meat is rated, how the steaks are sliced and cooked, and even how the carcasses are butchered. Japanese A5 Wagyu StriploinThere are a few key differences in Japanese Wagyu butchery versus that in the...

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New: Impossible-to-find A5 Wagyu Cuts from Iwate, Japan

September 22nd, 2019 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,415 times • 1 min read

NEW: For the first time available in America, we've brought over beefier cuts that turn A5 Wagyu into an experience and a meal. Shop now Nearly all Japanese Wagyu imported to America centers around the so-called "hollywood cuts" -- Ribeye, New York Strip and Tenderloin. No matter what kind of beef (angus, etc), these cuts are prized for their marbling and tenderness. And with A5 Wagyu, they’re so crazily marbled that it creates an...

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Iwate Wagyu: Japan’s Most Sustainable Wagyu

September 22nd, 2019 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,486 times • less than one min read

With one of the lowest population densities of any prefecture in Japan, Iwate is known for pristine wilderness, and rugged landscapes featuring majestic cliffs that jut up meters from the ocean shores. Its well-nurtured organic soils produce some of the country’s best rice, apples and of course Wagyu. There are several notable aspects to Iwate’s unique approach to premium Wagyu which has helped it win the National Wagyu Championship 11...

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Iwate Wagyu: Japan’s Most Award-Winning Wagyu

September 20th, 2019 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,828 times • 1 min read

Crowd Cow is proud to bring you Japan's most award-winning Wagyu to America for the first time for sale online: Iwate Wagyu. In Japan, there are hundreds of locally-produced varietals of Japanese Wagyu. And like wine regions in Europe, each have their own unique characteristics, histories and flavor profiles influenced by how the animals are raised, what they eat and the terroir. Don’t believe me? Consider only that the humble cow is much...

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How to make A5 Wagyu Tallow and unlock hero chef status

February 12th, 2019 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 13,605 times • 2 min read

A5 Wagyu beef fat, when melted, is a clear oil, packed with heart-healthy oleic acid. By making this A5 Wagyu tallow at home and sharing it with your friends and family, your ordinary home cook status will instantly sky rocket to magical wizard hero chef status. Add a little to a pan, scramble in a couple of eggs with a pinch of salt and you're likely to blow people's minds. It's that good. By carefully cutting the exterior fat off of your A5...

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What's written on the Olive Wagyu seal?

January 31st, 2019 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,501 times • 1 min read

Olive-fed Wagyu from Kagawa Prefecture is the world's rarest and most exquisite beef. Only 2200 cattle of the kuroge washyu breed are raised in Kagawa using the unique olive-based feed, and only a small fraction achieve the ratings necessary to officially qualify them as Olive Wagyu. It's certainly true that Kobe Beef is far more famous, but it's also true that it is far from "rare". Kobe Beef is backed by a quite mature industry association...

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