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Exploring the World of Craft Meat


The Basics Behind Meat Marbling

August 7th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 29,534 times • 3 min read

If you've been with Crowd Cow for a while (and even if you haven't), you've probably seen us refer to "well-marbled" meat. But what is marbling and why does it matter? What is marbling? Well, marbling refers to the white flecks of intramuscular fat in each cut of meat. Marbling adds a lot of flavor and can be one indicator of how good the beef is. It impacts the tenderness, moistness, and overall flavor and has become one of the most...

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Beef and Beer Pairing Tips for International Beer Day

August 3rd, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 3,821 times • 1 min read

Today is International Beer Day so Hoppy International Beer Day! Get it? Hoppy, like hops. Anyway, nothing pairs better with a crisp cool glass of your favorite beer than great-tasting beef of all shapes and sizes. It's best when the beer matches the profile of the meal, so balance heavier meals with darker beers and lighter meals with pale ales. We want to share some of our favorite pairings and tip you off to some new recipes so you can...

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How to Hold a Steak Tasting

July 31st, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 4,166 times • 1 min read

Much like fine wine or decadent cheese, no two steaks taste the same. Yet only modern meat enthusiasts nuance the flavor and texture profiles of craft beef, enjoying the local and specialized range of flavors between farms and cuts. Throwing a beef tasting is as easy as any other tasting (and you can still drive home safely afterward). It's remarkably easy to throw a beef tasting, especially with Crowd Cow beef tasting flights. 1. Select your...

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Wild for Wagyu? Try these techniques

July 26th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 6,111 times • 2 min read

We taught you how to cut your beef like the Japanese and perfectly prepare your A5 Wagyu. We wanted to find a few more ways to cook your Wagyu, so we checked out the #A5Wagyu tag on Instagram to see how beef buffs prep their platters. Not going to lie: these breakout stars are a party just waiting to happen. Beef Up Your Brunch Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we say specially prepared Wagyu beef should be the...

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Grass-Finished Versus Grain-Finished

July 18th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 25,966 times • 3 min read

Close up of grass at Little Shasta Ranch Grass versus grain, or so the story goes. But how do we know the real differences between the two? In the meat industry, using terms like grass-fed, grass-finished, or grain-finished can mean very different things for the beef associated with them. But let's back up for a second because I just wrote "meat industry" as if it's one homogenous beast. It's not. There's a marked difference between the...

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From Nose to Tail: Crowd Cow's Whole Cow Model

July 11th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 5,031 times • 2 min read

Coulotte steaks There's nothing quite like a good porterhouse or filet mignon, right? Not exactly. There are beloved premium cuts like the sirloin, filet mignon, or t-bone. But those cuts only amount to 12% of the cow, so where's the other 88% when you're browsing the meat aisle at your local supermarket? "Every part of the cow has value and needs to be sold--not just the ribeyes and tenderloins." -- Craft Beef: A Revolution of Small Farms...

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I took the ultimate beef journey in Japan

July 9th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 13,025 times • 8 min read

Wagyumafia's chateaubriand A5 Kobe Beef Wagyu Katsu Sando I just got back from a trip to Japan where I met with some of the best beef producers in three regions I heard about on my last visit. We love Japanese Wagyu and we know you do too, which is why I was excited to meet award-winning producers from regions that are well-known in Japan but haven't yet been made available to people in the USA. I was also eager to explore Japanese culinary...

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Simple burger tips for the Fourth of July

July 3rd, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 5,181 times • 1 min read

Beef? Check. Grill? Check. Burger? Double check. A juicy burger on the grill is classic Americana. To celebrate Independence Day, we have a few tips and tricks to knock America's favorite grilling day out of the park. To start, grab some ground beef to form your patties. Ground beef comes from trimmed beef that wasn't cut neatly into a steak or wasn't the right shape and size for a roast. Whether you prefer lean or fatty ground beef, we have...

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Crowd Cow Visits Harlow Cattle Company

June 27th, 2018 by Caitlin Postal • Read 3,132 times • 1 min read

This post was written by Olivia Pingul. Pony ride at Harlow Cattle Company In early May 2018, Becky Harlow Weed of Harlow Cattle Company graciously invited us to visit her ranch in Spanaway, Washington. Although Becky is a long time friend of Joe and Ethan, the Crowd Cow team was able to get to know her better during our day on the ranch while also experiencing what it's like to work on a farm. Crowd Cow has partnered with Harlow Cattle Co....

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By Going to Japan, We're Helping American Wagyu Producers

June 18th, 2018 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 4,145 times • 2 min read

I'm currently in Japan to meet with a select group of small producers in three regions of Japan, all with unique beef varieties that we hope to bring to America for the first time. Though there are many varieties of beef in Japan, each unique in their history and flavor (including the Olive Wagyu from Kagawa Prefecture that we brought to consumers in the USA for the first time earlier this year), they are all related as kuroge washu. Kuroge...

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