What is Zaycon Foods?
Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company based in Washington state, founded in 2009 to bring fresh meat to consumers at wholesale prices. Zaycon operates sales events throughout the country – customers register and order online, then pick up fresh meat at an arranged location nearby.
About Zaycon Chicken
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast from Zaycon Foods is
- 100% NATURAL with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
- FRESH, never frozen – brought directly from the farm to you
- BOXED in 40-POUND CASES since the savings are a result of a quantity purchase
Their chicken really is fresh and good quality. At pickup, Adam from Zaycon was great about letting us know exactly how old the chicken was and how many days we had to prep, trim and freeze it (information I’m never privy to when I buy meat in a store).
Zaycon Foods truly offers a great product at a great price. However, even they’ll admit it’s not for everyone. Here are some important details to consider:
- COLD SPACE
Though most of us are accustomed to warehouse store quantity purchases, forty pounds of chicken takes up some room. You’ll need to refrigerate the meat immediately upon bringing it home and that could require some refrigerator rearranging. There’s usually a day or two before the chicken needs to be frozen, in which case freezer space is always helpful. If you don’t have room for 40 pounds, you can always split the order with friends or family.
- TIME and ENERGY
You’re saving money because the chicken isn’t trimmed and portioned – there’s still some work to be done. The chicken breasts arrive packaged in 4 bags (roughly 10 pounds each, though not exactly even) inside a larger sealed bag. There is plenty of trimming to be done, as each set of breasts is still attached in the middle. I find that my kitchen shears make the job easier.
- A PLAN
You’ll want to know ahead of time what you plan to do with the meat as soon as you bring it home – putting the large bags of chicken directly into the freezer isn’t recommended, since you’ll have a mess (or a big frozen block of chicken) when you go to use it. At the very least, you’ll want to trim the chicken and bag it into meal-sized portions to freeze. Or cook some and dice it for later use in recipes. Or coat some pieces with breading, prepare others in freezer meals. Or all of the above. But a plan makes the best use of your resources. For example, here’s what we did with our case:
MY CHICKEN PLAN (just one example)
- 2 meals of grilled, marinated chicken (we couldn’t wait – and invited friends over for dinner!)
- 11 meals of trimmed, thinned pieces
to later thaw and use as fresh in Easy Chicken Marsala & grilled chicken
- 4 meals of Parmesan Crusted Chicken*
- 3 meals of Crispy Breaded Chicken*
- 1 meal of marinated chicken
- 2 meals of stir fry pieces
(this is a great use of the small, useable pieces that result from trimming)* I’ll be posting these recipes for you soon!
Zaycon Foods Sales Event Coming Soon to Metro Detroit
Zaycon Foods is planning to bring a sales event to the metro Detroit area this fall (plans are underway, though it’s not listed on their website yet). If you think you may be interested in seeing what Zaycon Foods has to offer, you’ll want to register on their site. You’ll be one of the first to be notified when an event comes to Michigan – and you’ll also let them know that there are enough customers to warrant a local event. Zaycon Foods also offers a referral program – so you can earn credit for introducing the program to your friends.
Once the details of a sales event in the Detroit area are introduced, they’ll also offer a giveaway on Bargains to Bounty – one lucky reader will win a 40 pound case of boneless skinless chicken breast, so stay tuned!
What do you think?
Though it required some effort, I’m now looking forward to many great chicken meals – and it’s a wonderful feeling to have a well-stocked freezer!
Do you think you’d be interested in a local sales event? Could you find a way to use a case of chicken at a good price? Share your comments below!