Frozen meat shipped to your door. It’s been around for quite some time – Peyton Manning must’ve had steak on his mind every time he called out “Omaha!” on the field. But let’s be honest, we’ve all tried it at least once, and the cost usually surpasses the quality. But what if you could buy incredible beef directly from small, sustainable ranches and have it shipped directly to your door with next-day air shipping? This is where Crowd Cow comes in.
How Crowd Cow Works
Crowd Cow lets you and your friends, or simply other people around the country, buy a share of a cow. Once the cow “tips” (hah!), you receive the cuts of meat you picked upon ordering. To ensure freshness, Crowd Cow doesn’t purchase the cuts of meat until the cow is fully tipped. This may sound a bit confusing, but essentially, you can simply go to Crowd Cow’s website and place an order for a few filet mignons – once enough orders are placed to “tip” the full cow, Crowd Cow will obtain the butchered meat from the ranch and package it for shipment.
Now that you know a bit about the company, let’s dive into the important stuff. How good are the steaks?
Crowd Cow Review
Upon opening the box, you will find a white styrofoam cooler with a warning card on top that will surely freak your wife out. The warning is for the dry ice inside. You know, the stuff used in kids science experiments. Yes, it can be very dangerous if touched, so don’t do that. Check out online of how to dispose of dry ice properly. I simply let it sublimate outside.
The order was delivered around 10am and I did not bring the package inside until about 1pm. We received our first order from Crowd Cow containing two dry aged NY Strips (roughly 0.8lbs each), 2lbs of premium ground beef, and 1 skirt steak. The meat was rock hard and probably would have been fine outside for days since it was a chilly 40 degree day. I immediately tossed everything in the freezer until ready to cook, which was about 2 hours later. Naturally, we had to cook the NY Strips first. Since I’m a sous vide aficionado, this is of course my cooking method of choice.
Can I Sous Vide Crowd Cow Meat?
YES! This is one of the most amazing things about Crowd Cow’s service. They package their steaks in sous vide ready vacuum sealed bags. This means when it comes time to cook, I simply drop the steaks into my sous vide machine directly from the freezer. For the two NY Strip steaks, I cooked them for 3 hours total (a little longer than normal since they are frozen) at 135F.
Crowd Cow Quality
My expectations were blown out of the water. Crowd Cow dry ages their steaks for 14 days resulting in an amazingly tender and buttery flavor. The combination of this with sous vide results in a steak so tender my mouth is watering as I write this. I can honestly say the meat is 100% better than anything I can buy at a local grocery store. I’m even going as far to say it beats my favorite local butcher. Perhaps it’s the dry aged that makes it so much better (and my butcher rarely dry ages), but the fact that this was delivered to my house takes it to a whole new level.
Cost is obviously your next question. The prices are up there for steaks, but you have to remember these are dry aged. At least where I’m from, dry aged steaks go for quite a bit at local shops. For example, you can easily pay $25 for a dry aged NY Strip at Wegman’s. At the time of writing this, you can get four 12oz dry aged NY Strips, two 12oz chuck steaks, and four thick 1/2lb premium burger patties. That ends up being much cheaper than what I can get local. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed with the quality of this meat.