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Brisket saga Part 1: Meathead Goldwyn on ensuring brisket success

September 19th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 4,273 times • 1 min read

Part 1 of the brisket adventure upon which this writer is embarking. Fall has arrived with a wet vengeance in Seattle, and with the cooler temperatures comes a hankering for brisket. (Don't you feel it in your bones?) I've had brisket on the mind for months, because while this writer has prepared many cuts in her day, brisket isn't one of them. So I've set aside an upcoming Saturday that will be fully dedicated to preparing brisket (and which...

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The Founder of Beecher's Cheese thinks beef is the next craft food

September 13th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 4,996 times • 3 min read

Beer. Coffee. Chocolate. Cheese. These keystones of the craft food revolution have given us some of the most easily-recognized emblems of craft, from armies of microbreweries to rainforest-certified cacao truffles to a widespread ability to distinguish Arabica from Robusta. Now Seattle's king of craft food, Kurt Beecher Dammeier, thinks beef is the next food in line for a craft transformation. (One of the photos I snapped of Mishima Reserve...

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Introducing Wagyu-Angus cross: Like Prime steaks, elevated

September 12th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 7,752 times • 1 min read

We’re venturing deeper into the world of Wagyu, offering more levels and special varieties of this uniquely marbled type of beef. To date, we’ve offered A5 Wagyu direct from Japan, raised in the traditional style; fullblood Wagyu raised in America and finished on grain; purebred Wagyu raised 100% on San Juan Islands pasture, eating an exclusively grass diet; and today, for the first time ever, we’re offering Wagyu-Angus cross raised by one of...

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Dahlia Lounge's head chef dishes up 2 favorite summer steak recipes

September 6th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 5,871 times • 1 min read

Seattle's star chef Brock Johnson is the executive chef at Dahlia Lounge, the seasons-centric Pacific Northwest restaurant icon. He recently revealed to us his two favorite summer steak dinners, which both take full advantage of what summer in the PNW has to offer. Image credit to Dahlia Lounge 1. He calls the first one “The birthday steak” because every year when he celebrates his birthday in mid-August, Chef Brock Johnson marks the occasion...

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We asked customers and ranchers how they like their burgers

August 30th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,475 times • 1 min read

This should give you something to ponder over Labor Day Weekend. Dare we even say it might help inform your burger endeavors? First, we asked some of our partner ranchers to paint us a picture of their perfect burger meal, complete with preferred cheese and optimal side dish. Becky Harlow Weed, Harlow Cattle Company, Spanaway, WA Becky Harlow Weed, the one-woman-show owner-operator of Harlow Cattle Company in Spanaway, Washington, likes her...

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Cluck cluck... Chickens are coming!

August 28th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,013 times • 1 min read

Since we launched Crowd Cow just over 2 years ago, we’ve been committed to connecting our members with ranchers producing some of the best beef in the world, and making it as convenient as possible to support them. But we’ve always known there’s a huge opportunity to go beyond beef, applying those same values of transparency and convenience to other meats, too. That’s why, on Wednesday, August 30, we’re excited we'll be offering pasture-raised...

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11/20/17: Our A5 Wagyu Holiday Sale

August 21st, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 28,359 times • less than one min read

Back in July we became one of the first companies to directly source A5 wagyu beef from Japanese producers (not source it through an importer) and make it available for sale to the general public. Our customers love what we do for independent ranches all over the US, and they wanted us to give the same level of transparency and direct connection, but for the legendary, insanely marbled, legendary A5 Wagyu from Japan. So we decided to get some...

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Understand our beef at a glance

August 18th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 3,456 times • 1 min read

We want to help you explore the wide variety of flavors, cuts, grasses, grains, and regions that make beef and ranching in the 21st century so gloriously diverse. That requires understanding our beef and farm offerings at a glance! What do the cows eat? What breed are they? Where’s the ranch? To that end, we’ve made a few changes to our event pages. Underneath each farm name, you’ll now see: The feed type The breed of cattle And the...

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5 tips to grill the perfect summer burger

August 11th, 2017 by Joe Heitzeberg • Read 2,344 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 1,695 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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