Best Steak Companies
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Crowd Cow vs Steaks & Game
Whether you're shopping for your relatives, an important client, or a barbeque buff, finding the right gift can be a challenge. The internet has brought us access to a number of great choices for gift giving. One practical and welcomed idea in today's economy is steak.
In the past, shopping at the supermarket to find quality steaks and preparing them as a gift would have been an unfeasible option. Providing the appropriate packaging and successfully keeping the steak cold is a significant challenge. Today, however, a number of companies provide high quality steaks and meal options as a great gift idea.
Crowd Cow wants to put the best beef in your hands - or better yet, on your plate. Where does the best beef come from? Local farms, of course. But, if you've ever tried to buy steaks from a local farm, you're aware of the challenges: you often have to commit to buying ¼ or more of an entire cow, so you're out of luck if you don't own a large freezer.
Maybe you've done this in the past, dividing your "share" with friends or neighbors. That's the premise behind Crowd Cow - allowing 50-100 people to buy a smaller amount of beef at a time, typically 5-10 pounds, and bringing the highest-quality steaks, ground beef, and other cuts to their doorsteps.
What's a typical price when buying steak or other cuts through Crowd Cow? You'll have to create a (free) account to access this information, but here's a sampling of what we found for the cow that was being "shared" at the time of our review:
Regardless of the size of the order, shipping costs $12.95.
Besides the cost, the only drawback to using Crowd Cow is that there are no gift-giving options. Because of the crowdfunding style they use to sell beef, there's no way to give a gift certificate or send a steak on demand.
Other than that, Crowd Cow may be the ideal option for beef lovers who want the best quality meat, and who like to know exactly where their steak, roast, or burgers came from - without having to commit to purchasing hundreds of pounds of meat at a time. If this method of buying steak interests you, we recommend that you create a free account so that you can see what farms are currently sharing in your area (or that ship to your zip code).
S&G, a division of Gourmet Food World, bills itself as "the ultimate destination for steak and meat lovers." Its offerings include standard grass-fed beef cuts - NY Strip, Tenderloin, Porterhouse, and so forth - along with the trendy-and-pricey Wagyu beef. Not limited to beef, however, S&G also has a wide selection of other meats: bison/buffalo, pork, venison, elk, poultry, and even exotic meats such as alligator and antelope.
With respect to pricing, S&G definitely falls on the higher end; some of its most expensive meats cost more than $2,000. They do offer a Grill Club; membership includes a 10% discount on the first order, members-only offers, and an e-mail newsletter. Shipping is advertised as a flat-rate of $8.00 for orders over $50, but as many items need to be sent overnight, the cost to ship is likely to be an expensive $25.
Unfortunately, this merchant does not accept returns of perishable items, and any returns of non-perishable items must be authorized by phone and may be subject to a restocking fee of 20% or $5. They do however, offer gift certificates available in any amount, and can be delivered by regular mail or e-mail, for those in a hurry.
S&G's website seems to be incomplete; many items are missing photos, the links to buyers guides (for example, "The Difference between Wagyu and Kobe Beef") don't go anywhere, and the spelling mistakes give the impression of S&G not being as premium as their products and prices would indicate. At the time of our analysis, none of the products listed on the site have reviews, contributing to the impression that this is not yet a well-established business. We look forward to S&G cleaning up their website for future shoppers.
Steak companies range in the level of gift giving services available. Some offer steaks, combination meat options, desserts, recipe books, special seasonings and more - while others have much more limited options.
For those looking to send steak as a gift, finding the right steak company is important in your overall satisfaction. Significant factors to consider before buying include:
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best steak companies available today. We hope this information helps you find the best steaks to meet your needs!
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