If you're looking to splurge on your holiday meal this season, Costco is running just the sale for you: Its most expensive cut of steak, the Japanese Wagyu Boneless Ribeye Roast, A5 Grade, weighing 12 lbs, is on sale for $849.99. The usual price for this high-value meat is $1,099, so you'll save $250 if you purchase the steak. Wagyu is so pricy because of the strict guidelines that qualify a cut of beef as Wagyu. The meat must come from Japan and be from specific cattle breeds native to Japan. Most Wagyu beef has a certificate detailing the lineage of the cattle and offering information on the background of the beef. This protects the quality of the meat and keeps the product valuable.
The online-only sale has been running since November 16, 2023, and will continue through December 17, 2023, while supplies last. This limited-time opportunity, which includes free shipping, allows customers to experience authentic Wagyu beef at around $70 per pound. The typical price per pound for A5 Wagyu can run upwards of $120 per pound, so you'd be hard-pressed to find a greater deal than this if you've wanted the chance to cook and enjoy Wagyu at home. Costco's Wagyu is imported from the Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan, and each purchase includes a certificate of authenticity for your meat.
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How To Enjoy Wagyu At Home
When you're eating Wagyu, you want the focus of your meal to be on the flavor of the meat. The marbled fat in Wagyu makes the beef incredibly tender, and rich in flavor. If you're planning on cooking Wagyu at home and have never taken on the task before, it's recommended to do some preparation and research before cooking so you can best enjoy this premium meat. Costco's cooking instructions recommend thawing the meat overnight before cooking with it. Keep your seasoning simple on your steaks; you don't need much more than salt and pepper.
When you go to cook your steaks, it's encouraged to use a cast iron pan and a meat thermometer so you don't risk overcooking them. Start by heating your cast iron before searing any portion of the meat. When you start cooking your steaks, begin by rendering out the fat trims. Once the fat has greased the pan, you can start to cook your steak. Wagyu cooks incredibly fast; it only needs around a minute on each side and should rest for five minutes before it's cut. Costco recommends enjoying the steak at medium-rare, which requires an internal temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
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