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Wagyu Beef Marbling Explained

Albertina Roca
  |   June 23, 2016   |  
All of Gourmet Food Store’s Wagyu beef is sourced from Australia, one of the world’s premier sources of Wagyu, and many of our Wagyu products include a marble score, a major component of the AUS-MEAT beef quality grading system. This marble score – or MS, for short – denotes the degree of visible intramuscular fat found within the meat, which appears in fine, white streaks and specks on the red muscle. Marbling scores are expertly graded from 3 to 12 by independent, qualified assessors, who base the score on the ribeye muscle of each cow. In determining the score, they assess the quantity, distribution and texture of the visible fat flecks.
One of the reasons Wagyu beef is so highly revered is for its buttery, exquisite taste, which it acquires during cooking as the fat melts and infuses the meat with flavor. Hence, the more marbling there is in the meat, the higher the marble score and the better the quality.

Marble Score 3 and 4

Even at the lower end of the marble spectrum, Wagyu beef is far more tender and delicious than regular grocery store beef, and rates higher even than USDA prime grade steak. MS3 and MS4 Wagyu beef is marbled with light streaks of white fat. With its soft texture and mouthwatering taste, this meat is great value considering the high quality of the eating experience, and is the perfect place to start if you’re new to the world of Wagyu.

Marble Score 5 and 6

Now our Wagyu steaks get richer and more flavorful, with prominent fat webbing resulting in a creamier, more buttery bite than the lower marble scores. Nevertheless, you can indulge in large portions without the risk of a richness overload.

Marble Score 7 and 8

Now those gorgeous rivulets of fat are so thick and juicy, your Wagyu reaches a higher culinary plain, one historically reserved for kings. Rich and succulent to the point of opulence, and so tender your knife slices through it like butter, this is the kind of beef that will change your definition of delicious. Since it’s so rich and buttery, savor it in slightly smaller portions than normal.

Marble Score 9+

Welcome. You just crossed beef heaven and now stand in whatever lies beyond it. These are the rarest and most difficult to find marble scores, found on less than 1% of Wagyu cows. With luscious, exquisitely marbled meat that will impress even the most discerning of connoisseurs, Wagyu MS9+ is serious stuff. So much so, in fact, that it should be savored in small portions, around half the size of a regular serving of steak. Purchase it for the most special of occasions, or as a gift when you want to wow someone and show them the true meaning of luxury.

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Albertina Roca

Meet Albertina, a seasoned food writing wordsmith and marketing creative split between the sizzling vibes of Miami and the charming streets of Buenos Aires. With a solid 20 years in the traditional and digital advertising world for the gourmet food industry, she’s mastered the art of making words as mouthwatering as the dishes they describe. She’s proudly been part of the Gourmet Food Store family (and its brands) since its very beginnings, and what a fun, flavor-packed journey it has been!

Her journey began at Rutgers College, where she studied in History and Political Science, with a minor in English Lit. She honed her craft at The Miami Ad School in South Beach, where creativity and copy collided under the South Florida Sun. From the neon streets of South Beach to the tango beats of Buenos Aires, her pen dances with the rhythm of whatever gastronomic tales she gets to write at the time.

Currently savoring life in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she’s bilingual in English and Spanish, an avid reader, and cheese addict.

Her writing? Seasoned with creativity, spiced with experience, and garnished with a dash of wit.

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