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Decorated Pitmaster Jim Foss on Easter Rib Steaks

April 10th, 2017 by Laura T. • Read 3,827 times • 1 min read

Is ham going to be the centerpiece of your Easter dinner? Again? If you’re looking to shake things up and wow your dinner guests, think about a standing rib roast or beautifully marbled rib steaks. Jim Foss knows a little something about preparing delicious beef -- regardless of the holiday. Foss is co-founder and president of Pitmaster Hospitality, a company that includes a popular barbecue restaurant in Leesburg, Va., called Smokehouse...

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How To Prepare a Delicious Passover Brisket

April 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 11,486 times • 3 min read

Brisket is a Passover tradition. For many, a Passover meal is incomplete without this large, revered cut of beef. Others, like Stephanie Pierson, who wrote "The Brisket Book" take it even further by stating, “Some foods will improve your meal, your mood, your day, your buttered noodles. Brisket will improve your life.” While brisket can be grilled or smoked, braising is the preferred method of preparation in early April. There are...

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Your Guide to Frozen Beef

March 31st, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 15,474 times • 1 min read

Here at Crowd Cow, we flash freeze our beef and ship it directly to you. Freezing beef is an ideal way to preserve quality and taste. How Long Can Beef Stay In The Freezer? According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “frozen foods remain safe indefinitely” in the freezer. So if you’ve had something in there for years, it’s still safe to eat. But that doesn’t mean it will taste all that great. The USDA offers...

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How To Fry the Perfect Steak

March 29th, 2017 by Laura T. • Read 15,219 times • 2 min read

A perfect steak can sometimes feel elusive. If it’s not cooked just right, it can be tough, dry and even a bit bland. Don’t despair. Follow these five simple, time-tested steps below and you’ll enjoy a mouthwatering steak in no time. 1. Use The Right Tools To fry a really good steak, you’ll need a really hot surface. We recommend using a heavy-bottomed pan that allows for maximum heat retention and an evenly-heated surface. Cast iron pans...

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Press Release: Food Tech Startup Crowd Cow Launches to Connect Sustainable Ranchers Direct To Consumers

March 22nd, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 6,713 times • 1 min read

SEATTLE, Wash., Seattle-based startup Crowd Cow announced today that it launched its service to ship premium beef from small, sustainable cattle ranches direct to consumers. Crowd Cow’s co-founders are tech start-up veterans Ethan Lowry and Joe Heitzeberg. Lowry is best known for co-founding the hit Urbanspoon app while Heitzeberg founded Snapvine, a communication platform acquired by Whitepages. Lowry and Heitzeberg were inspired by a...

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The Ultimate Guide to Wagyu

August 10th, 2016 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 38,975 times • 9 min read

What's Wagyu? Wagyu is, quite simply, the most sought after beef in the world -- and the subject of much confusion, thanks to the frequent misuse of the term "Kobe beef" in this country. We set out to discover the truth about Wagyu. This article is the result of research conducted from Japanese language original sources and first-hand interviews with experts including one of the original people responsible for bringing Wagyu to the United...

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Wagyu Cooking Guide

May 11th, 2016 by Bolek S. • Read 16,102 times • 2 min read

Wagyu is quite simply the very best beef. We've put together this cooking guide to help you get the most out of your Wagyu experience. UPDATE: For A5 Wagyu from Japan, we have prepared a very special preparation guide: How to Prepare and Enjoy A5 Wagyu The goal is to experience a quality piece of meat for what it is. A quality meat has the characteristics and profiles by which people struggle to find the right words to describe. We’re here...

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How to thaw frozen meat

May 11th, 2016 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 17,953 times • 1 min read

Frozen meat is better The meat and seafood we sell on Crowd Cow has been frozen at peak freshness and quality and shipped to you using dry ice to lock in that quality, freshness and food safety. Contrast this with grocery store meat and seafood, which has been degrading for days (if not weeks) while transporting to the store, and while waiting in the meat case, and later in your fridge at home before you cook it. Ironically, there is...

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Bringing Wagyu to Crowd Cow

November 13th, 2015 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 7,202 times • less than one min read

Despite roasting a whole cow in Japan on my 20th birthday, working on a farm in Hokkaido and being a fan of Japanese cuisine, the term "Wagyu" just wasn't something I had spent much time thinking about. It means "Japanese cow" and has become synonymous with high quality beef, that much I knew. But why does it have such a stellar reputation? What are the different kinds of Wagyu? What's the difference between Wagyu in the states vs the Wagyu in...

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Sansaire and the Art of Sous Vide

July 16th, 2015 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,265 times • 2 min read

I recently had the great pleasure of cooking up some Gleason steaks from Crowd Cow's first event sous vide style by none other than Scott Heimendinger, an innovator working to bring sous vide to the masses, and co-founder of Sansaire, a leading sous vide device maker. Scott previously worked at Modernist Cuisine's culinary lab (the group led by Microsoft's former CTO that created an epic, 6-volume cook booked named "the most important...

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