Japanese Wagyu Beef Boneless Ribeye Steak, A5 Grade
- Authentic, native-breed Japanese Kuroge cattle
- No antibiotics, hormones, or growth promotants
- Graded by third-party auditor using BMS scoring system
- Grading Score: A5, BMS 10-12 (Highest attainable value on the marbling scale)
- Ships in an uncooked state
- Will ship via UPS with dry ice to protect the delicate steak
- Includes gift brochure with product details and cooking/serving suggestions
- Product of Japan
- Keep A5 steak frozen until 24 hours before use; defrost in the refrigerator only
- Please read the cooking and serving tips before preparing; Wagyu needs special care and attention
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Please note: Because of the delicate nature of A5 Wagyu, your steak(s) will be shipped via UPS in a separate order packed with dry ice. Expect a UPS tracking number for the steak, and a FedEx tracking number for any additional items ordered. Warning: Do not touch dry ice, handle only with gloves or a towel.
Whatever you do, never overcook this Wagyu beef. Keep it rare, or you lose too much of the precious fat.
The serving size for Wagyu beef this rich is 3 - 4 ounces; think of it as the beef equivalent of foie gras.
Before cooking, allow the steak to come to room temperature, causing the fine network of fat to warm up. You will be searing it for such a short time that some of the fat might still be cold if you do not take this step.
Heat a cast-iron skillet or grill to the highest possible level. The hottest you have ever heated a skillet would be almost hot enough. Season the steak simply with salt and pepper, in order to allow the extraordinary flavor to shine. Sear the Wagyu for a very short time on each side. Keep in mind that you can lose 20% of the weight while searing, much like foie gras.
Let it rest a moment (it’s still virtually raw inside, so not too long).
You could also char the exterior of the beef with a torch, leaving the inside rare.
Many chefs cut A5 Wagyu into carpaccio and serve it raw. For the beef to be cut wafer-thin requires that it be very cold before you slice it. Chefs often freeze it for a short time to ensure the desired carpaccio thinness.
Store the steak in the freezer. If you are not serving the entire ribeye streak at one dinner and want to store some of it, you must vacuum seal – oxidation is the enemy of fat – and then freeze the steak. Because there is so much fat, Wagyu will freeze nicely and be ready for another special occasion.
Our authentic Wagyu is Kuroge cattle stock, raised by a network of small farms in southern Japan by traditional methods, is graded A5 - the best of the best.
Many of the farmers raise only four Wagyu cattle at a time - to exacting specifications - which means the cattle receive a lot of attention and personalized care. These Japanese beef masters have developed protocols which, like many things in Japan, have been taken to the level of art.
The Black Kuroge cattle are humanely raised for close to three years, first on grass and then in the traditional Japanese fashion: on a proprietary diet devised by the individual farmers, with incremental amounts of barley, vegetables, greens, and silage. The diet builds on the breed’s natural propensity to exquisite and abundant marbling. The farmers provide a stress-free environment, and never use antibiotics, hormones or growth stimulants.
To protect cattle bloodlines, breeding is thoroughly controlled. All calves are affixed with an individual identification number and information like the date and place of birth, and the bloodline of the parents.