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Crowd Cow Review - From an Independent Ranch to My Porch

My Crowd Cow Review

Beef Delivered From an Independent Ranch to My Porch

Crowd Cow is a meat subscription service with beef, pork, chicken, and more from smaller, independent ranches and farms.

It can be a major challenge to get meat for your fridge and freezer when you’re limiting your trips to the store. This makes life a little hard for the carnivores out there! My husband Will is very much a meat and potatoes kind of guy, while I eat a lot less meat and could easily go veggie if I needed to. Either way, ground beef is such a versatile source of protein, and I really wanted to have some extra to stash in my freezer. Will and I prepared with loads of other staples before we decided to stay in as much as possible, but had trouble sourcing good meat without going shopping. Enter Crowd Cow!

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by Megan Kirkland, MSA Reviewer, Recent Every Night Dinner Maker
April 3, 2020| 8 comments

About Crowd Cow

The Cost: There are a few different options within the Crowd Cow website. You can purchase items a la carte, build your own subscription box, or select from a handful of curated boxes. (They have a Steak Lover box that looks delicious!!) I decided to select the ground beef subscription box, which has 4 different beef options:

  • Grain-Finished – $89 for 12 1 lb packs
  • Grass-Fed – $99 for 12 1 lb packs
  • Wagyu Cross – $120 for 12 1 lb packs
  • Pure Wagyu – $132 for 12 1 lb packs

Also worth mentioning is that these prices include shipping and are for a one-time purchase. If you choose to subscribe, you save an additional 5%. This dropped my total (including shipping) to $94.05.

What you’ll get: In my case, 12 lbs of ground beef. You can customize any number of assortments though, which will change the price of your subscription or one-time purchase.

Ships to: The US

Are Crowd Cow shipments impacted by COVID-19? Not at this time. Demand is higher, but shipping times are normal. You might see certain cuts sold out but if you are wanting something specific, I recommend checking again later in the day or waiting until the next day. They usually come back really fast!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Why Crowd Cow?

I decided to look to a subscription service to deliver a monthly box of beef for our cooking needs. Crowd Cow caught my eye immediately because all of their meats are sourced from small independent ranches. You even get more info on your specific farm or ranch before you order. For so many reasons this felt so much more appealing than trying to make it to the grocery store right now!

Crowd Cow Packaging

 

My box arrived within 5 days of ordering, which was great! Inside, the beef packets were carefully packed, with a giant dry ice chunk that kept everything frozen solid. I was thrilled to see that the packaging was mostly biodegradable. The foam inside dissolved in water (I tried it myself!) and while the plastic bags will still need to be recycled, I thought it was really great that they included more green packaging.

Inside was a nice little note that welcomed me to the subscription and let me know again which farm my beef came from. It also included a link to some ground beef recipes.

There was also a voucher from one of my fave wine brands, NakedWines.com. I previously reviewed this wine service and loved it! Also, how genius to include this in a meat box? Beef and wine? Yes, please.

My Review of the Crowd Cow Ground Beef Subscription

 

My packets arrived in cute little squares, all carefully frozen and wrapped.

On each pack was an info label with the contents and the farm it came from. My beef came from Timbercreek Farm in Charlottesville, VA.

I really like this model of knowing where my meat came from. I browsed the farm’s site and found a really lovely about page with more info on the people behind Timbercreek Farm.

“WE WANTED A WAY TO SHARE THE LAND WE LOVE WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND WE DO IT THROUGH OUR BEEF”

I can get behind that.

I wanted to get cooking with this right away! My box arrived around 1 pm and I was planning for dinner around 6:30. I left one of the packs on the countertop to thaw and it was ready to go by dinner prep time.

I ended up making one of Will’s fave meals: stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes. I used green peppers from my recent Misfits Market box. This is a great dinner for us because the leftovers get eaten up with much enthusiasm. While this dish does have other flavors going on, it was still easy to taste the beef itself and we absolutely loved it. Will (ever the skeptic) didn’t expect there to be much difference between this and our normal store-bought ground beef, but he was really impressed with the taste. It is hard to explain, but there was just more beefy flavor here. It makes me really want to try out the steaks offered and even some of that premium Wagyu!

So, what else have I made with my beef?

  • Tacos for Taco Night!
  • A really incredible tomato sauce for homemade pasta
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Meatloaf with caramelized onions
  • Meatball subs

And I still have loads of beef to cook with. We have used about a pound per meal that requires beef, so I could easily stretch the 12 pounds for 12 meals and have leftovers for the next day’s lunch.

My Verdict

Crowd Cow was a total lifesaver for me right now. When the box hit my porch, it felt like it had been left by some sort of beef superhero. The beef itself tastes incredible, and the packaging makes it so convenient. Will is still on the job and since he works for one of your favorite delivery carriers, right now he is putting in overtime and comes home absolutely ravenous. I am happy that I can make him something homecooked and nourishing. I also love that this subscription model makes choosing different cuts a breeze so we can have some variety and that it helps independent farmers. Win-win! 

As far as value, each of the 12 lbs averages out to about $7.84, which is totally comparable to what I would pay per pound at the grocery store. I did have to pay more upfront than I normally would for meat, but in times like these, it feels more than worth it!

What do you think of Crowd Cow ? Does your freezer need to be stocked?

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Comments (8)

  1. Glad I’ve been a vegetarian for 30 years lol.. it I might have to look up how to make those stuffed green peppers without meat..never tried them before, but it looks yummy….

  2. I actually pay almost $12 a pound for my grass fed/finished beef, so this is a reasonable price. And Even though the Farm Is somewhat local to me, it is still 2 1/2 hours away and I sometimes have to rely on them shipping instead of being able to make the drive. This looks great, I love supporting local or any small farmers rather than mass produced, abused and tainted meat. I love the idea of being able to see what farm it came from and check their practices. It would nice if we could customize and receive them only from farms in our states if we preferred.

  3. Thanks for the info, I am giving it a try!

    • Yay! I hope you enjoys it as I have Kay. My next shipment is arriving on the 10th and I am pumped.

  4. Thank you for doing this review. This is so relevant right now and I plan to subscribe. The prices (in my opinion) are extremely reasonable for what you receive. Many thanks!

    • It was my pleasure Joy. It was such a great alternative to the grocery store for myself. Even though I have to buy a lot more all at once than I usually would each month, it evens out to what I would spend at the store, or at least super close!

  5. The prices are actually quite reasonable for premium quality meat.

    • Right? I am super tempted to order some Wagyu..

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