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HARRY & DAVID

You may already be familiar with Harry & David as prime source of gifts for all occasions. Especially around the holidays, you might have had some of their famous Moose Munch or received a shipment of seasonal fruit. But, did you know that their partnership with Stock Yards allows you to order top-quality beef, aged for 21-30 days, for yourself or for your gift-giving needs?

Harry & David's is part of a larger brand family that gives customers access to a wide range of products, from flowers to chocolate and much more. That also lets you take advantage of an exceptional guarantee across all of their partner companies: love what you receive, or get a replacement or refund, no questions asked.

So, what mouth-watering goodness can you find with Harry & David? Look under the Stock Yards Steaks tab and you'll see a total of 30 items ranging from New York Strip Steak to Chateaubriand Tenderloin Roast and much more. Is surf and turf more your style? They've got that too. You'll also find options for extras: look for the button that says "Add Something Special" to add in wine, savory finishing butters, seasonings, and other items that can enhance your Steak or Seafood choice.

Unlike most of the Steak retailers in our review, Harry & David takes gift-giving to a new level by offering monthly subscription clubs: Stock Yards Club and Steakhouse Club. Yes, you read that right: a club for MEAT! Now, as you might expect, these clubs don't come cheap. Both offer the option to have monthly deliveries for 3, 6, or 12 months, and you can choose the month that your membership begins - either the current month or one of the following two months.

The Steakhouse option ranges from $349.99 (three-month) to $1,299.99 (12-month) and features USDA Prime and USDA Choice cuts of "steakhouse-quality steaks, chops, and more". Previous selections include four 10-ounce filet mignon, rack of lamb, and spiral sliced ham. If you'd prefer to spend a little less, the Stock Yards Club retails for $199.99 to $749.99 and includes many of the meat selections from the premium club, along with some lower-cost options like steak burgers and pork roast. Club prices do not include shipping fees of $9.99 per delivery.

While there is a Celebrations Passport program that allows shoppers to get free shipping and other perks for a year, all for a fee of $29.99, be aware that the shipping discount would only apply to your a la carte order, not to either of the Steak clubs. But, if you're planning on ordering several gifts over the course of 12 months - flowers for Mother's Day, chocolates for Valentine's Day, popcorn for Christmas, and so on - you should decide if the Passport membership might be worth the investment.

Overall, Harry & David is a solid choice for Steak, and their two membership clubs give them an advantage over some of their competitors.

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CROWD COW

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 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:

  • $84 for a Rib Steak share: two 16oz. Rib Steaks, two 8oz. Round Steaks, and 2 lb. of premium ground beef. That's a whopping $16+ per pound.
  • $114 for a New York Steak share: four 12oz. New York Strip Steaks, two 10oz. Chuck Eye Steaks, and 2 lb. of premium ground beef. That's an even heftier $19 per pound.
  • Other Steak options included Thick-Cut Rib Steak, Flat Iron, Coulotte, Skirt, Flank, and Merlot
  • Non-Steak options included Ground Beef, Ground Steak, Burger Patties, Short Ribs, Oxtail, Roasts (Sirloin, Chuck, Top Round, Rump), Stew Meat, Tongue, Heart, Liver, and Bones

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).

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Steaks

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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.

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:

  • Gift Giving Options. Does the steak company cater towards the gift giver? Do the packaging and services create a wonderful gift? How many gift giving choices are you provided? Can you choose from steaks, combo packages, and gift certificates?
  • Cost. Compared to the competition, how does the price and quality of the steaks compare?
  • Satisfaction Guarantee. If something goes wrong with the delivery, will the company make every effort to satisfy their customer?

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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