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A Little Crowd Cow for Your Pocket

May 14th by Ryan Binkley • Read 2,868 times • 2 min read

With summer quickly approaching, our time outside starts to increase just like the temperatures. When I'm on the trail, I love a great trail mix. I’m a sucker for sweet-n-salty mixes, but when I need a lightweight protein punch, I always grab a bag of beef jerky to carry with me. I recently started exploring making beef jerky at home when we got a new stove with a dehydrate feature. If you don't have this feature, you can set your oven to low...

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The grocery store can’t even tell you what *country* their beef & pork is from

March 8th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,666 times • 1 min read

In 2016, industrial beef companies — who control over 80% of the beef market in the United States — successfully lobbied to remove the Country of Origin Labeling requirements from packaging. In plain English, this means that beef and pork sellers in the United States aren’t even required to tell you what country the beef and pork you buy came from. Here's the problem. Everyone selling meat uses stock art photos of small farms and says things...

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Why is it important to know where your food comes from?

February 21st by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,194 times • 1 min read

Ask anyone “if” it’s important to know where the food you eat comes from, and nearly everyone will say yes. Ask them “why, exactly?” and even the most discerning eaters will struggle to give precise answers. I think it’s important to start a dialogue about this topic, so it’s a question I’ll be asking everyone we interview on our forthcoming podcast, “Let's Meat Up.” As the Co-founder and CEO of Crowd Cow, I’m uncovering answers to the...

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How to make A5 Wagyu Tallow and unlock hero chef status

February 12th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,801 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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Why I no longer pay attention to labels like “organic”

February 5th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,813 times • 3 min read

It may shock some people, but I no longer pay attention to labels on meat products. For years, I’ve traveled the country meeting with chefs and farmers in search of the world’s best craft meat, and over and over I hear that labels and certifications aren't meaningful or helpful, and can be abused to misrepresent the truth. The “organic” label is a good example. Thanks to the rising popularity of “grass-fed, grass-finished” and “organic” beef,...

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Crowd Cow's 2018 Tech Impact Award - Seattle Business Magazine (Acceptance Speech)

September 25th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,000 times • 1 min read

The Tech Impact Awards recognize companies in Washington state that are using technology to have a significant impact on business, industry or society. This year, 17 companies out of over 100 entries were selected as finalists, and Crowd Cow took home an award in the Consumer/Retail category. Here is the full text of my acceptance speech. Crowd Cow started three-and-a-half years ago when a friend came to the office one day saying "I'm so...

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Looking for a lean and incredibly tender beef? Try Piedmontese

August 31st, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 5,835 times • 2 min read

People in the know are calling it "the next Wagyu" — because, like Japanese Kuroge Washu, the Piedmontese breed enjoys a unique genetic ability to create a unique and delictable meat that other breeds can not. As a result, this beef is incredibly lean, but like 100% purebred and Wagyu from Japan, it is ridiculously tender and exhibits a sweet flavor profile. Piedmontese beef You may not have heard about the Piedmontese breed but it’s is well...

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A trip to Texas

August 10th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,446 times • 1 min read

When you think of Texas, you probably think of Longhorn cattle and barbecue joints. We did too until we took a trip to Texas last May where we met with independent ranchers and enjoyed some great-tasting meat. Texas is a big state but nothing prepared me for just how big it really is and just how much variety there is. We drove over 1200 miles in four days and passed through hill country, desert cacti, and pretty much everything in between....

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The Basics Behind Meat Marbling

August 7th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 9,121 times • 3 min read

If you've been with Crowd Cow for a while (and even if you haven't), you've probably seen us refer to "well-marbled" meat. But what is marbling and why does it matter? What is marbling? Well, marbling refers to the white flecks of intramuscular fat in each cut of meat. Marbling adds a lot of flavor and can be one indicator of how good the beef is. It impacts the tenderness, moistness, and overall flavor and has become one of the most...

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Beef and Beer Pairing Tips for International Beer Day

August 3rd, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 2,317 times • 1 min read

Today is International Beer Day so Hoppy International Beer Day! Get it? Hoppy, like hops. Anyway, nothing pairs better with a crisp cool glass of your favorite beer than great-tasting beef of all shapes and sizes. It's best when the beer matches the profile of the meal, so balance heavier meals with darker beers and lighter meals with pale ales. We want to share some of our favorite pairings and tip you off to some new recipes so you can...

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