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By Alison Chew
Crowd Cow delivers high-quality craft meat from small, independent farms and ranches around the world and sustainable seafood directly to your door. Through a “food transparency” movement, they have set out to change the way people think about their food, through meaningful connections between the farmer and the customer, so that you know and appreciate where your food comes from.
What We Like
Most extensive WAGYU offering that we’ve seen!
Purchase one-time or become a member by subscribing
Fully recyclable packaging!
What We Don’t Like
Free shipping threshold is $149 for non-members
Wagyu sells out fast
Seasonal items sell out fast
Crowd Cow Review
For this Crowd Cow review, we ordered the Olive Wagyu & Kagoshima Wagyu Petite Striploin Sampler and the American Wagyu New York Strip Steak. We also received 2 lb of Premium Ground Beef with a promotion running during the time of our purchase.
I had a hard time narrowing down my order as Crowd Cow has a great selection of meat and sustainable seafood. This includes various cuts of beef, Japanese Wagyu, American Wagyu, pork, chicken, lamb, game, and more. You can place a one-time order or you can become a member and save 5% on every repeat order.
As I reviewed the Crowd Cow product menu I was shocked by the extensive list of wagyu, both from Japan as well as from the United States. I personally don’t have a ton of experience with wagyu but know that it is the best beef on the market and decided to select 3 wagyu items for an extra special family wagyu tasting.
When we received our box from Crowd Cow and saw the wagyu for the first time I couldn’t believe how different this steak looked compared to the steak that we buy from the grocery store. The marbling (i.e. the white lines of fat) was gorgeous!
What is marbling? According to Crowd Cow “… 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 well-known elements of steak evaluation.” A lot of factors play into the amount of marbling a cut of meat has including breed, feed, and finishing.
Crowd Cow Review: Japanese Wagyu
We ordered the A5 Olive Wagyu & Kagoshima Wagyu Petite Striploin Sampler. This bundle includes one A5 Kagoshima Petite Striploin as well as one A5 Olive Petite Striploin, both from Japan. Crowd Cow says that this bundle is “…the perfect way to sample the best A5 Japanese Wagyu available in smaller, more manageable portions.”
The A5 Olive Wagyu from Shodoshima, Japan is the “rarest steak in the world” according to Crowd Cow. This is because there are only 2,000 Olive Wagyu cows in the world, with only a few harvested each month.
Olive Wagyu, which is of the Kuroge Washu bread, gets its name from the olive pulp that is upcycled and fed to the cows and is known for an intense marbling with high levels of oleic acid (a heart-healthy fat). In 2018, Crowd Cow became the first company to make Olive Wagyu directly available to American customers.
The Kagoshima Wagyu, from Kagoshima Japan, is the “most intensely marbled steak in the world” and winner of Japan’s nationwide “Wagyu Olympics” competition in 2017 with the highest average across 11 categories. This A5 steak has the highest grade possible and is know for its incredible flavor and tenderness.
These steaks look amazing and we couldn’t wait to dive in! Per the Crowd Cow instructions that came in our box, we placed the wagyu in the refrigerator overnight to let it thaw. We took it out of the fridge and let it rest for 15 min to allow it to rise to room temperature.
I was a little nervous about overcooking the wagyu, but luckily for us (and you!) Crowd Cow has several helpful cooking videos on its website that walk you through every step. And after watching the Japanese Wagyu cooking video several times, I was ready to cook.
Continuing to follow the instructions, we sliced the wagyu into bite-size portions as a little goes a long way. We seasoned all sides with the sea salt that was in our Crowd Cow box and then seared on a pan for 1 min per side.
I’m not sure that I have the words to explain how amazing these steaks were. They were rich and tender and full of flavors that I’ve never tasted before from a steak or anything else for that matter. The meat literally melted in our mouths and I have to say that the texture was what set this steak apart from all others.
When comparing the A5 Olive Wagyu with the A5 Kagoshima Wagyu, both Japanese wagyu petite striploins were incredible, but the texture of the Olive Wagyu was like butter. The Kagoshima Wagyu was also melt-in-your-mouth but had a more complex flavor profile that we equally enjoyed. Both were absolutely amazing and would make any meat-lover jump for joy. These are perfect for a tasting dinner with friends, a date night, or a special occasion.
Per the Crowd Cow video cooking instructions, we removed the steak from the fridge, let it rest, then lightly oiled and seasoned both sides. We cooked on the stovetop for 4 min per side with some garlic, removed from the pan, and let it rest covered in foil for 5 min before eating.
This steak was juicy and flavorful, thanks to the wonderful marbling, and has officially made me a steak snob (haha)! It has more of a “steak” flavor and is less rich than the Japanese Wagyu we tasted and therefore we could eat more of it. This steak will surely impress friends and loved ones and will be the highlight of any holiday or special occasion dinner table.
We also received 2 lbs of Premium Ground Beef from True Grit Cattle Co. I say that you should always have at least two packages of ground beef on hand in your freezer as it is the most versatile meat out there. From meatloaf to tacos to burgers and meatballs there are so many things you can make with ground beef.
With our Crow Cow premium ground beef, we made meatloaf as we wanted to really let the flavor of the beef shine. And boy did it! With around 17-20 percent fat, this beef helped our meatloaf stay moist and juicy while cooking. We then made tacos and while the taco seasoning was the dominant flavor, the beef was juicy and did not dry out.
Here at MealFinds, we think food gifts are the best gifts! So why not surprise someone you love with the gift of amazing meat or seafood? With Crowd Cow you can send a curated gift box or a gift card. They even have corporate gifting so that you can wow your clients or employees with something other than a fruit basket.
If you are looking for high-quality craft meat and sustainably sourced seafood and care about where your food comes from Crowd Cow is your answer. From the best of the best Wagyu and Kobe beef to premium ground beef, they have something for your weekday meals and special occasion dinners as well as unique gifts for the whole family!
We love the extensive selection of both Japanese and American Wagyu as well as the seasonal items like Thanksgiving Turkeys and Christmas Hams. We also love that the Crowd Cow packaging is fully recyclable and that your order is sustainably shipped to your door.
Crowd Cow has exceeded our expectations and we highly recommend that you check out their selection for your meat delivery needs.