Exploring the World of Craft Meat


5 tips to grill the perfect summer burger

August 11th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,498 times • less than one min read

Grill on a flat surface A cast-iron pan will catch all those meaty, umami juices instead of dripping them away into the sand (tear). You can put the pan directly on the grill, just make sure to use an oven mitt! Keep the patty nice and loose You want your burger patty to be packed so loosely it’s almost falling apart. If you pack it like a hockey-puck, it’ll taste like a hockey-puck. Salt generously I’ll say this: It’s really hard to...

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The Crowd Cow guide to grilling on the beach

August 2nd, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,847 times • 1 min read

Last Wednesday, the Crowd Cow team closed the office early and drove out to Golden Gardens State Park, a beautiful stretch of beach on Seattle’s Puget Sound. We’d invited our friends and families to come taste-test beef from our partner ranches, try some new burger recipes, and star in an impromptu photoshoot. It had all the makings of the perfect Pacific Northwest barbecue: white sand, plenty of sun (no small miracle in Seattle), and the...

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What is dry-aged beef?

July 23rd, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,708 times • 1 min read

Long before dry-aged steaks became a hot-ticket item on steakhouse menus, people had been dry aging beef for centuries, often hanging joints of the stuff in cheesecloth or a burlap sack to keep it edible longer. Photo from Business Insider But by the 1800s, if not earlier, it was clear that preservation wasn’t the only thing dry-aging was good for. Some people began to notice that, not unlike what happens to cheese when you let it sit in a...

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Wagyu Haikus! Winner & Runners-Up

July 19th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,327 times • less than one min read

Congrats to Scott Evans! He's the winner of our A5 Wagyu Messermeister haiku contest, and he'll be receiving a Japanese chef’s knife from Messermeister. Scott's haiku really spoke to us. When we wrote all our favorites down on a whiteboard and tallied up the votes, his was the clear victor. Scott Evans' winning haiku Moving stuff, Scott. And check out the runner-up haikus, too. They were just too great not to share. Runner-up, submitted by...

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Press Release: Crowd Cow Brings Legendary Japanese A5 Wagyu Beef to Doorsteps

July 12th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 1,167 times • 2 min read

Seattle, WA – July 12, 2017 – Japanese A5 Wagyu beef imported directly from Mirai Farm in the Kagoshima prefecture of Japan is now available from food tech startup Crowd Cow (www.crowdcow.com). Available on a first come, first serve basis, beef lovers can buy specific portions of a Japanese A5 Wagyu cow, claim their favorite cuts, and become a “steak-holder” to enjoy the rarest and most exclusive beef in the world, legendary for it’s...

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Myths & Facts: Japanese and American Wagyu

July 11th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 33,141 times • 4 min read

We've been writing extensively about A5 Wagyu to give you some background on the Japanese beef and its well-earned reputation for rich marbling. One thing that’s become increasingly evident in the course of our research and travels to Japan is the fact that there’s a scary amount of myths out there about A5 Wagyu from Japan. So we thought we’d do some mythbusting. Myth: Wagyu is banned in the U.S. Fact: It's true that Wagyu DNA and live...

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Our Journey to the Inside of The Japanese Beef World

July 10th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 19,740 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 10,285 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 6,125 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 4,189 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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