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What is dry-aged beef?

July 23rd, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 7,335 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 3,011 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 1,978 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 56,831 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 31,717 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 13,790 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 8,434 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 6,240 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 15,885 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 Vide Wagyu...

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Spotlight on Kagoshima

July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 6,575 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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