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How to make A5 Wagyu Tallow and unlock hero chef status

February 12th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 4,981 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 Is Tajima Wagyu?

January 7th by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,460 times • 1 min read

When it comes to Wagyu, there's a lot of confusion and misinformation online. Luckily, through our extensive work directly with producers in Japan, and my background in Japanese language, we've learned a lot and have been able to bring some of the rarest and best Japanese Wagyu to the USA for the first time. Today's post is about a very detailed aspect of Japanese Wagyu, the bloodline known as Tajima (但馬). To explain what Tajima is, it is...

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How to cook A5 Wagyu for a large group of people

December 17th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 6,068 times • 1 min read

If you're new to the Wagyu game, start with the Ultimate Guide to Wagyu or have a look at our Japanese Wagyu Infographic. But if you're becoming a connoisseur and experiencing its melts-in-your-mouth splendor on a regular basis and are looking to level up your game, read on. In this post, I'll explain how to share A5 Wagyu with larger groups of people, including how to save a bit of money when purchasing it, how to prepare it and how to cook...

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The Story Behind Olive Wagyu

March 5th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 14,108 times • 2 min read

What is this “Wagyu” we’re talking about? Let me break it down for you. There are four breeds of “Wagyu” -- Japanese cattle, that is -- that are indigenous to Japan. One of them, Kuroge Washu, is genetically predisposed to high levels of marbling. It’s really hard to get authentic Wagyu 100% from the Kuroge Washu breed directly from Japan. But we didn’t just source authentic Wagyu from this Pacific Rim nation. We sniffed out the rarest of the...

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Press release: Crowd Cow has Japan’s most exquisite steak

February 23rd, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,735 times • less than one min read

On February 28, Crowd Cow is offering a limited amount of A5 Wagyu imported directly from Japan. A5 Wagyu contains higher proportions of healthy omega-3 fatty acids than Angus steak and is legendary for umami flavor, filigreed marbling, and fat so soft it melts against your skin. Our A5 Wagyu comes from the Kuroge Washu breed -- one of four native Wagyu breeds in Japan and the only one genetically predisposed to fine-grained intramuscular...

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Our Journey to the Inside of The Japanese Beef World

July 10th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 27,318 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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Spotlight on Kagoshima

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,963 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 region...

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Japanese Cattle Breeds

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 14,204 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: Kuroge...

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