The goal of our Meat & Seafood Department is to offer customers the freshest, highest quality meats and seafood possible. We do this by sourcing naturally raised product from sustainable family farms and providing knowledgeable, friendly customer service. Our staff is passionate about the job they do and their relationship with their customers. Kowalski’s is one of the few grocers who still cuts 90% of the meat sold in the service case. This gives us the ability to create custom and specialty cuts at any time for our customers.
We're proud to offer a full-service meat department and seafood counter where the local butcher is your source for the perfect cut for that special meal. At Kowalski's, you're assured quality and service that is second to none. Kowalski's also offers a full line of prepared entrées and fully-cooked meat for your busy lifestyle.
Naturally Raised Standards
We source everything in our meat and seafood programs with one thing in mind: NATURALLY RAISED. This means no hormones or antibiotics are ever administered to the animals, humane treatment policies are in place, and the animals are sourced from small family farms and raised locally whenever possible. We choose naturally raised meats because we feel it is better for the animal, the producer and our customers, providing a cleaner, safer product that is superior in overall quality. This standard applies to all the products below:
Kowalski's Certified Humane Beef
Creekstone Farms of Arkansas City, Kansas, is our primary beef producer for all Choice and Prime antibiotic-free Black Angus beef. As a small player in a large industry, they have differentiated themselves by having their natural beef program Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care. Creekstone’s farms, feedlots and production plant were inspected by third-party auditors to ensure that the highest animal welfare standards were met. Since approved, Creekstone has begun selling their Certified Humane All Natural Beef to their customers.
In 2018 we began the journey of getting all our Meat Departments Certified Humane as well! The process required us to submit applications for each store as an individual entity, provide sales data and create new operating procedures to keep Creekstone products segregated in storage, pre-production and post-production. We also needed to develop a tracability system in order to track each package of beef in our service case back to the Creekstone plant. This required cooperation from US Foods, as they had to purchase software and implement new procedures to provide lot numbers to the stores for each batch of beef delivered. Once those systems were in place, we had our final audit and now have an all natural, Certified Humane Choice and Prime beef program – the very first multi-location chain in the U.S. to do so!
What’s the difference between Prime and Choice beef? Prime beef is the highest USDA grade available. Only about 0.5% of all beef in the U.S. can claim Naturally Raised Prime. We are the only retailer in the Twin Cities that carries it. Choice beef is a great choice for everyday meals and special occasions alike. It is considered leaner than Prime and can be a healthier option while still offering outstanding flavor and tenderness. Like our Prime beef, Kowalski’s Choice beef is also naturally raised.
Akaushi Kobe-Style Beef
Akaushi, or Japanese Red, is one of four indigenous Japanese cattle breeds which have been subjected to genetic improvement over the last 90 years. Kowalski’s Kobe-Style Beef comes from the largest purebred group of Akaushi outside Japan. Akaushi beef is regarded as the finest available breed for Kobe-style beef. Significant marbling results in an extremely tender, rich flavor experience and a healthier option with lower saturated fat than conventional beef.
Kowalski's Signature 100% Grass-Fed Beef
Our Grass-Fed Beef is sourced from sustainable family farms that raise their cattle on a 100% grass-fed diet. The cattle graze on open pastures and are never given hormones or antibiotics. It's naturally lower in fat and cholesterol, while providing a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids.
Kowalski's Signature 100% Grass-fed Lamb
Our grass-fed lamb from Anderson Ranches in Willamette Valley, Oregon, is also Certified Humane. They are raised free-range without confinement and are never given any growth hormones or antibiotics, ever! With unmatched flavor and tenderness, this lamb is sold exclusively at Kowalski’s.
Gerber's Amish Country Farms Poultry
Owned and operated by the Gerber family of Kidron, Ohio, Gerber's all natural chickens are never given growth stimulants or antibiotics – ever. They are fed a 100% vegetarian diet and are raised cage free by family farmers who focus on animal welfare, taking care of the environment and raising animals without the use of drugs and chemicals. It is American Humane Certified.
Kowalski’s All Natural Pork
Our All Natural Pork is raised by Premium Iowa Pork, which is wholly owned by Lynch Livestock and the Lynch family. We have tested several different producers, and this was the best of the best. More importantly, our pork is raised with the strictest standards in the industry regarding growth stimulants, antibiotics, pesticides and animal welfare. We are working closely with Premium Iowa Pork to validate their humane raising standards, as they are some of the best in the industry.
Kowalski's Meat Production Kitchen
Our production kitchen produces a variety of kabobs, breaded chicken, stuffed chops and chicken breasts, appetizers and crab cakes, along with a large selection of items that make meal prep easy. They’re perfect for busy on-the-go families, tailgating parties, large family gatherings or people looking for a quick, no-prep meal.
Our kitchen is inspected daily by the State of Minnesota, and standards equal to USDA regulations are in place to ensure the integrity and safety of all of our products.
Two industrial rotisserie-style meat smokers produce Kansas City Style BBQ meats and ribs. These options, available in our meat cases, are fully cooked and only need to be reheated.
Signature Product Focus
KOWALSKI’S FRESH AND SMOKED BRATWURST & SAUSAGES
Made locally with our own recipes, our brats are the best in town. You’ll of course find traditional bratwurst, but you’ll also find unique flavors you can’t find anywhere else, including Wild Rice & Asiago. All product is made with natural pork and contains no sodium nitrates, preservatives or fillers.
KOWALSKI’S SIGNATURE KALBI SAUCES
Our Original Kalbi is a versatile, soy sauce based condiment fashioned after original Korean recipes. It is slightly sweet with hints of ginger and red pepper and is accented with toasted sesame seeds. Try Kickin’ Kalbi for a sweet Kansas City–style fusion with a little extra measure of heat, or enjoy our Sticky Sweet Kalbi for a sweeter, milder spice profile.
KOWALSKI’S SIGNATURE MEAT GIFT BOXES
The perfect gift for Father’s Day, a house-warming party, anniversaries or any other special occasion. Each of our six unique boxes features a combination of quality hand-cut meats, seafood and seasonings, but you can also create your own! Orders can be placed in the Meat Department.