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July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 15,156 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...
July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 42,543 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...
July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 50,444 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: ...
July 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 299,254 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...
June 21st, 2017 by Laura T. • Read 6,349 times • less than one min read
Set your clocks to Monday, June 26 at 8AM EST to reserve your shares from our newest farm: Dragonfly Farms. Owned and operated by Bruce and Katherine Johnson, Dragonfly Farms raises Angus-Belted Galloway cows on a rich diet of native grasses and clovers in the rural pasturelands of Beaverdam, VA. Come tour Dragonfly Farms and take a look at all the hard work the Johnson's put into raising their 100% grass-fed beef.
June 19th, 2017 by Laura T. • Read 8,615 times • less than one min read
Set your clocks to Wednesday, June 21 at 8AM PST to reserve your shares from our newest farm: Novy Ranch. Located in Northern California’s Shasta Valley, Novy Ranch is owned and operated by the Novy family. First started by Dr. Lowell Novy, a small animal veterinarian, Novy Ranch’s pasture-raised beef reflects Dr. Novy’s lifelong interest in conservation and ranching. Come tour Novy Ranch and take a look at all the hard work the Novy...
June 12th, 2017 by Laura T. • Read 9,934 times • less than one min read
Set your clocks to Monday, June 19 at 8AM PST to reserve your shares from our newest farm: Hat Creek Ranch. A 4th-generation ranch, Hat Creek is owned and operated by Henry and Pam Giacomini. Part of the Lassen National Forest, Hat Creek's cows enjoy a blend of desert grasses and forest greens that fatten them up beautifully. Come tour Hat Creek and take a look at all the hard work Henry and Pam put into raising their 100% grass-fed beef.
June 12th, 2017 by Laura T. • Read 6,764 times • less than one min read
Set your clocks to Monday, June 19, 8AM EST to reserve your shares from our newest farm: Bedient Farms. Featuring over 650 acres of rich pastureland in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Bedient Farms is owned and operated by Angela Bedient, a true one-woman show. Come tour Bedient Farms and take a look at all the hard work Angela puts into raising her delicious pasture-raised, grain finished beef.
June 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 8,171 times • 2 min read
U.S. consumers now have convenient access to the healthiest and best tasting sustainably raised beef from independent ranchers SEATTLE, Wash., June 6, 2017 -- Just in time for Father’s Day and the summer barbeque season, food tech startup Crowd Cow (www.crowdcow.com) announced today that it is now shipping to beef lovers throughout the U.S. The sharing economy’s latest big idea allows consumers to buy portions of an actual cow online with...
May 30th, 2017 by Sophie Messing • Read 18,400 times • 4 min read
Are you interested in making fall-off-the-bone tender ribs at home? Or do you already have a home smoking setup, and want to step up your game? We wanted to learn from one of the pros, so we sat down with Jeff Phillips, creator and editor of Smoking-Meat.com, to get the inside scoop. CC: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into smoking meats. JP: Born and raised in North Carolina, I started grilling just out of high school...