Crowd Cow Review: Shipping, Prices, and Japanese Wagyu

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Many meat subscription services offer the same products sourced from similar locations. I’ve been using these services for a while and wanted more diversity. A fellow carnivore dieter told me about Crowd Cow. They offer the usual meats like bison, seafood, and Wagyu beef. So, here’s a Crowd Cow review that covers my experience with their service.

History of Crowd Cow

Crowd Cow is a Seattle, Washington based meat subscription company. The founders want to order one cow directly from farms without having to store beef for a year or more in a freezer. As the company's name implies, the founders came up with an idea to crowdfund the purchase of one cow straight from farms so that multiple people could share in the cost.

Then, Crowd Cow became a company specializing in sourcing high-quality grass-fed beef in the United States straight from local ranchers and farmers market. They have since expanded and sold a full range of pasture raised meats like chicken, seafood, and pork.

6 Things to Know Before Subscribing

1) Meat Options

Crowd Cow sells a large selection of meats. You would get to know different options in their site, like ground beef, pork, chicken chops, and seafood. You can even see a wide variety of different cuts that you can cook. Some choices you could buy are:

  • Grass-fed beef - New York strip, filet mignon, boneless Ribeye, dry-aged steak, sirloin tip steak, skirt steak, ground beef
  • Seafood - black cod, wild Maine lobster, Alaskan halibut, Atlantic sea scallops, Norweigan salmon, etc.
  • Pork
  • American Lab
  • Pasture-raised grain-fed beef - Ribeye, New York strip, tenderloin tips, tomahawk steak, chuck roast, ground beef, dry-aged steak
  • Japanese and Domestic Wagyu Beef
  • Bison - ground bison, ground bison grill box, bison bratwurst
  • Bacon
  • Chicken - whole chicken, chicken breasts, and many more

2) Quality 

The company says that they strictly commit to quality when sourcing the pasture raised meat they sell. Crowd Cow says that they source meat all over the world and even visit every single farm partner. They work with independent farmers and co-ops, avoiding factory farms dominating local grocery stores and even Amazon.

The company also says that the farms they support must not use hormones in their meat. According to Crowd Cow's policy, each meat they source must first go through flavor experts who taste it to ensure consistency.

3) Shipping 

Like other meat box services, Crowd Cow delivers to all areas of the US in just a short amount of time. This is due to restrictions on the delivery of meat by mail (1). You would even get free shipping if you buy a subscription box worth at least $99. For all other boxes, the shipping costs you will pay depends on the quantity you're ordering and your area. All boxes will be shipped with dry ice.

4) Subscription Service

Crowd Cow offers both subscription-based pricing and one-off purchases on their website. Their prices depend on whether you get a subscription for a few months, or choose to buy meat per pound.

Custom Box - this is a great way for you to try cooking your favorite types of meat for you and your family. You can order anything from a list that includes items like salmon, chicken, pork chops, beef ribs, roast, ground beef.

Coupons and Discounts: For every subscription, you'd get a 5% discount if you buy a box as compared to buying individual meat cuts, which is a really good way to save money. Keep an eye on their page for current sale products.

Steak Lovers - This is a great box for people who really love to make steaks. You can try cooking four different cuts in each package, like flat iron steaks, New York strip steaks, bone-in Ribeye steaks, and filet mignon steaks.

Japanese Wagyu Box - if you want more beef, this might be a much better option. This box comes with a small 12oz or a 14oz Japanese beef. It's a special type of beef that has lineage still tracing back in Japan. It is well known for its great marbling that gives it a tender texture and delicious, buttery taste that you may love. The production of Wagyu is heavily regulated to ensure quality.

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5) Packaging

The Crowd Cow site says that their packaging is 100% recyclable (2). First, each subscription box you order is frozen and packed in dry ice to last a few hours.  It's sure to be fine for the day even though you are not yet around, before you can get it into the fridge or freezer. So, you don’t really have to be around or at home during the time it arrives. The meat's soup bones are also vacuum-sealed and frozen, wrapped in butcher paper, and placed in the package with dry ice.

Spread of disease from factory farming is exacerbated when waste products, including manure and the remains of animals who have died, are used to feed livestock being raised for meat.
- Gene Baur, National Geographic

6) Pricing

You can read many reviews that point out how Crowd Cow can be more expensive than others. I found that their prices are much about their good meat quality. As you see, since the ranches and farmers they partner with are small and quality-focused, the cost of each meat cut would be much more than you would find at a local grocery store.

Examples are their top-notch beef and wild-caught seafood options. All things considered - for the types of meat you get, the way it’s sourced, the quality of each pound of meat, would make Crowd Cow better but a bit more expensive than other companies. Plus, you get to save time.


Crowd Cow Benefits 

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Consistency

During my review, I found two main benefits to using Crowd Cow. First, as a carnivore dieter, I can see that the main benefit for me is being able to find fresh, quality meat as I go shopping. Cooking a healthy meal will never be a problem for me anymore. Each meat cut has fat content that's close to zero, and a little meat box also goes a long way. They take the guesswork out of finding food fresh from sustainable farms, which is often one of the most important parts of the diet.

Ease of Delivery

I also like how it’s easy to order. First, their online subscription service, which would bring frozen meat delivered to my door, help me save time. I worry less about going to the store every few days to get my favorite meats; I can just order from them every month or two months. When I tried to order, I only needed to approve the email I got to let me know and confirm each product in my next box. Then my shipment order would be good to go. I also thanked their customer service for being fast.

Complaints  

There is one drawback with Crowd Cow - their pricing. Yes, their food can be way more expensive than something you get from a store. But, I know that the variety you can try, the time you save, and the way they find farms to partner with well balances this cost.

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Is Crowd Cow Worth It?

In my experience, yes. I tried two of the three subscription boxes, and both were consistent in terms of freshness and taste. I instantly began to enjoy their meats and services while having minimal complaints.

I appreciate how Crowd Cow supports each of their partner farms and how I can place an order from them in just two steps. Which overall saves time and adds to the convenience of subscribing online. I believe Crowd Cow is a good option to try if you want high caliber meat delivered consistently.

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