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Blog posts tagged 'A5 Wagyu':


Our Journey to the Inside of The Japanese Beef World

July 10th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 46,917 times • 4 min read

Crowd Cow broke into the innermost chambers of the Japanese beef world to become America's first-ever direct sourcer-seller of A5 Wagyu from Japan. Here's the story of how we did it. There are not a lot of people out there who have tried Japanese A5 Wagyu. But if someone you know has tried it, you've probably heard about it, in the form of happy ranting and raving. And as you can probably tell from the photo below, this is not the steak most...

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Japanese Wagyu Infographic

July 8th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 32,125 times • less than one min read

How much do you know about Japanese Wagyu? Crowd Cow's infographic breaks it down for you.

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A5 Wagyu at a Department Store in Japan

July 8th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 17,375 times • less than one min read

We visited a department store in Tokyo to see what we could learn about Japan's luxury beef brands and its legendary A5 Wagyu. They had Kuroge Washu A5 Wagyu for sale for $195 to $240 per pound. Here is a screenshot of Wagyu for sale on Amazon Japan for $215 per pound. Enjoy the video!

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Japan's 100% Traceability

July 7th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 18,435 times • 2 min read

Japanese consumers enjoy a level of traceability that's almost unrivaled across the world. Any piece of beef in a Japanese retail store can be traced backward through the course of its product chain all the way back to the producer, and then even beyond -- to the individual animal on the farm. The way it works is this: You walk into any given store in Japan. You pick up a package of beef, spot the clearly-marked tracking number. You enter it...

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Japanese A5 Wagyu Recipes

July 7th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 36,876 times • less than one min read

We collected a bunch of fun Wagyu recipes from around the good ol' internet to give you some inspiration. Take a look, and happy cooking! Wagyu Steak with Wasabi and Tosa Joyu (soy dipping sauce), by Famous Cuisines Channel Dave Beaulieu's Wagyu steak recipe for New York steaks Top Chef Dad's Wagyu striploin recipe for Striploin steaks Black-Pepper Crusted Wagyu New York steaks with Black Truffle Vinaigrette, from Epicurious Sous...

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Spotlight on Kagoshima

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 16,056 times • 1 min read

Kagoshima, Japan (鹿児島) is located in the far south of Japan in Kyushu (九州). It's a beautiful area with a storied agricultural heritage; and it's collectively responsible for around 20% of Japan's Kuroge Washu cattle, the Wagyu breed that produces Japanese A5 Wagyu. Kagoshima's year-round temperate climate and ecology are well-suited to raising healthy cattle with low stress levels, a necessary component of achieving A5 quality. This...

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Cutting Beef Like the Japanese

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 44,678 times • 2 min read

A5 Wagyu from Japan is legendary in the beef world. Its unique genetics help it to produce the most insanely decadent, marbled beef on the planet. Beef this rich and marbled shouldn't be eaten like an American Angus steak (read: salted, grilled on open flame, and devoured multiple pounds at a time by a single person). I've been that person. I am that person. So believe me: Wagyu really does deserve a different treatment. For one, the literal...

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Japanese Cattle Breeds

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 53,508 times • 1 min read

Japan produces some of the most outrageously marbled, incredibly decadent beef on the planet. And because of that, there are a lot of people outside of Japan who use the words "Wagyu" or "Kobe" or "American Kobe" to capitalize on that reputation in an attempt to charge higher prices. We're going to break it down for you in this post. In Japan, the word “Wagyu” (和牛) means “Japanese Cow.” There are four breeds under the Wagyu umbrella: ...

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How does beef achieve "A5" status?

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 305,319 times • 2 min read

"Out-of-this-world-good." That, plus a whole lot of incoherent salivating, is how we would describe the exquisitely marbled beef for which Japan is legendary. When it's at its absolute best, they call it "A5." The quality of the beef is almost ludicrous--across the whole planet, there is nothing better. A5 Tenderloin from Kagoshima, on Crowd Cow But... what does A5 mean exactly? Let's break it down. The rating system is...

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The Ultimate Guide to Wagyu

August 10th, 2016 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 51,114 times • 9 min read

What's Wagyu? Wagyu is, quite simply, the most sought after beef in the world -- and the subject of much confusion, thanks to the frequent misuse of the term "Kobe beef" in this country. We set out to discover the truth about Wagyu. This article is the result of research conducted from Japanese language original sources and first-hand interviews with experts including one of the original people responsible for bringing Wagyu to the United...

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