Upcoming Zaycon Deliveries + New Product | Buy Fresh Meat in Bulk For Less

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Looking for a quick way to kill your grocery budget?  Take a trip down the meat aisle.  Premium cuts are outrageous, and budget cuts are usually poor quality.  In fact, at most of my grocery stores, all cuts are poor quality.

You’ve probably heard me talk about Zaycon Fresh before and how much it helps our grocery budget while keeping my picky palate happy.  If not, check out this post detailing the service and my experience: ZAYCON FRESH: THE BEST AND CHEAPEST WAY TO BUY FRESH MEAT

I noticed over the weekend that Zaycon has added a new cut of meat to the delivery schedule.  They’ve added 80/20 ground beef (often referred to as ground chuck) to the December deliveries for just $2.99/lb.  I adore the 93/7 beef, especially for tacos, sloppy joes, casseroles, etc., but I prefer a little fattier cut for burgers and meatballs.  I’m thrilled to have the option to order both!

They have several deliveries coming up this fall.  Each area has a different schedule, so make sure you sign up to see events in your area.

You must order early, and it looks like all events are open for orders now.  The dates shown below are the general pick-up dates for the entire country.  Pickup is at a single day and time for each city.

October 2nd-16th (October 7th-8th for SWMO locations)

  • Frozen Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets (25lbs)
    $6.99/lb X 25.00 lbs | $174.75/case
  • Frozen Premium Alaskan Cod
    $5.49/lb X 25.00 lbs | $137.25/case
      SOLD OUT
  • Bacon – Hickory Smoked, Medium Sliced – 36 lbs
    $3.79/lb X 36.00 lbs | $136.44/case
  • Pork Sausage Links
  • $2.79/lb X 20.00 lbs | $55.80/case

October 23rd-November 21st (November 3rd-4th for SWMO locations)

  • Chicken Breasts (Fresh Boneless Skinless)
    $1.89/lb X 40.00 lbs | $75.60/case

December 4-th-18th (December 9th-10th for SWMO locations)

  • Carvemaster Boneless Applewood Smoked Ham
    $3.49/lb X 20.00 lbs | $69.80/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean (93/7) – 40 lbs
    $3.99/lb X 40.00 lbs | $159.60/case
  • Fresh 80/20 Ground Beef – 40lbs
    $2.99/lb X 40.00 lbs | $119.60/case

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ZAYCON FRESH

 

Zaycon Fresh: The Best and CHEAPEST Way to Buy Fresh Meat

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You’ve probably heard me sing the praises of Zaycon Fresh for years, but I realized that I’ve not updated the original post in a very long time.

Zaycon is a company that works directly with meat producers to bring customers prime cuts of fresh meat in bulk and skip the middle man.  This results in the freshest meat possible at a great price.

They offer events for many locations throughout the year.  All you have to do is sign up, look for an event in your area, and purchase the items you want.  Each event has a specific delivery date.  To pick up, all you have to do is visit the location.  It’s all set up as a drive thru, so you just need to roll down your window, show your receipt, and they load it for you.

When you purchase meat at the grocery store, it typically takes 21 days to get from the producer to the shelf.  With Zaycon, it seems to average 6-8 days.  The pack date is plainly stamped on the box.

We raise a lot of our own meat, but Zaycon is a close second.  Once you try it, you’ll definitely not want to go back to grocery store meats… especially the chicken!

I get asked a lot of questions about the Zaycon meats, so I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A to help answer them.  If I miss something, please comment or ask in our Facebook group.  I’ll do my best to answer!

Alicia, I’m really picky about meat.  How can I believe you that this is actually good?

Do you buy your meat in a grocery store?  If so, you probably aren’t that picky.  I worked in a butcher shop for several years and we farm.  I process almost all of our meat myself because most aren’t up to my standards.

Is this hormone free?  The chicken breasts look very large.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually illegal for any chicken producer to administer growth hormones.  There are several types of chickens that are bred to grow to a large size very quickly.

How hard is this to process?

It’s only going to be as hard as you make it.  Because most items arrive fresh, you can package and freeze them with no worries.

When I process chicken, I typically halve the breasts (they are a butterfly cut), then I filet each one to thin it.  This speeds up thawing.  There’s occasionally a piece that needs a bit of trimming.  If I have extra time, I will slice strips for fajitas and dice some for quick stir fry, jambalaya, soups, etc.  It takes me about 30 minutes per case to process and package it into freezer bags.

The bacon is very easy to pull out pieces and bag separately.

The sausage links are frozen, and they fit perfectly into a quart bag.  Because they are flash frozen, you can also freeze the entire box if you have room and just pull out what you need.

To process the ground beef, I simply slice burgers off of the roll, place on a cookie sheet between layers of parchment paper, and freeze.  I usually make up a batch of meatloaves or meatballs, because that is hard to do with meat that’s been frozen.  To freeze batches of ground beef for tacos, soups, casseroles, etc., I cut a roll into 10 equal pieces (that’s 1 lb hunks), place into a quart freezer bag, and flatten.  They store easily in the freezer and take up little space.

Some people prefer to make up freezer meals, marinate the meats, etc.  This will drastically increase the time you spend processing, but will speed up dinner time in the future!

What happens if I don’t have time to process it the day I receive it?

I mentioned above how much faster it gets to you than the grocery store.  The driver picks it up at the producer just before he starts delivering.  I actually kept a chicken breast in the refrigerator the last time I bought to see how long it took to ‘go bad’.  It was 13 days before it started even smelling like grocery store meat.  You know, that icky ‘it smells like meat’ smell.  It took 16 days before it was at the point that I wouldn’t consider cooking it.

Most of the meats have a ‘use by’ date stamped on the box.  The ground beef I picked up on August 13th says to use or freeze by the 25th.  That gives me plenty of time to decide how I want to freeze it.  It also gives me almost two weeks to enjoy the fresh, never frozen meat!

I just can’t bring myself to buy meat from a truck.

You do realize that this is the same type of truck that delivers your meat to a grocery store to sit in their cooler for weeks, right?

How’s the ground beef?

I was finally able to coordinate a beef delivery last week, and to say that I’m thrilled with it is an understatement.  This is 93/7 ground beef, which means that there should be a fat content of 7%.  The most inexpensive cut you see in the grocery store is 73/27, which means that there should be a 27% content.

I actually bought a package of inexpensive ground beef at $3.99 to compare with.  The Zaycon beef was $3.99/lb, but I bought it with a coupon code that dropped the price to $3.59.  I drained over 40% of the weight off of the store bough beef.  That meant a pound of meat ended up weighing 9.6 oz once it was done cooking.  Then I cooked the Zaycon beef.  I drained ZERO!  Maybe a couple of drops, but it wasn’t enough to make much of a difference.  I ended up with just under a pound of cooked meat.

What does this mean?  That the store bought meat with a lesser taste actually cost me $5.60 per pound of cooked meat, while the Zaycon cost me $3.59 and tasted so much better.

I also decided to make up some identical burger patties.  I cooked one and left one raw to compare the size when the first one was cooked to well done.  Both still weighed almost exactly the same, but the shape was off a bit where the cooked burger plumped up. Here’s the difference:

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How can I store this to make it last the longest?

Some people love to use their Food Saver to process theirs, but honestly, I’d rather not use mine.  It’s expensive, time consuming, and a hassle.  Because there are events for each cut at least twice a year, I can plan my orders to keep from having a large excess that’s frozen for a long period of time.

I usually just package mine in Glad brand freezer bags.  They don’t break down as badly as the others over time.  I prefer the quart, which will hold two large chicken breasts, 4 breast fillets, sausage links, and 2 lbs of ground beef.  They are the perfect serving sizes for my big eaters.

Can I share with a friend?  A 40 lb box of chicken seems like so much!

Of course, but I’ll warn against it. Each box is divided inside so that you can easily distribute.  One of the biggest complaints I get is that someone ordered one box to split and loved it so much that they couldn’t stomach buying meat at the store to get through until the next event.  20 lbs of chicken might last a couple a few weeks, but it doesn’t go very far for families.

Can I order at the last minute?

Even though they give a ‘last day to order’, almost all of the items sell out long before that date.  They can only fit so much on a truck!  Get your orders in early to avoid missing out completely.  Trust me- I speak from experience.


We sometimes buy meat at the store to supplement if we run out of Zaycon, because obviously we can’t grow it all- and not near at these prices.  In recent weeks, almost every package I’ve bought has went bad within 2 days of purchase, and long before the ‘use by’ date.  I’ve doubled up on my Zaycon orders this fall to prevent me from throwing out any food.

CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENTS IN YOUR AREA

Zaycon Foods is now taking orders for nationwide chicken delivery!

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Zaycon Foods is now taking orders for chicken nationwide!  This is the ONLY way we’ll buy chicken, we grow the rest of it.  It’s also the most competitive pricing you’ll find.

The concept is really neat, too!  You just pre-order your chicken by the case.  When you order, you can select a location for pickup.  Be at the location on the date/time specified and you’ll be able to ‘drive through’ the line and pick up your purchases.

For more detailed information, read through this post I’ve written:   Amazing Chicken Sale and Giveaway from Zaycon Foods!

They are also holding a sausage and ham event now- the sausage was voted #1 by Cooks Illustrated!

You’ll have to register with Zaycon Foods to see all locations, prices, and pickup dates.

This sold out in just a few days the last time it was available in SWMO.  Get your orders in quickly so you don’t miss out.

Don’t forget to order your Zaycon chicken!

I think this is the most requested deal I post!  Everyone loves the quality and price- it’s the best you’ll get short of the farm (and a whole lot easier) and the cheapest you’ll find in local stores. 

Zaycon Foods will be bringing fresh, boneless, chicken breasts back to Missouri at the low price of $1.69 per pound.  Delivery is the last week in October (actual date is dependent upon location).

You must buy in 40lb cases, but it’s fresh and can be refrozen.  It’s packaged in 4- 10lb bags per case, making it easy to divide.  Many of my readers have split cases or just bought one and have kicked themselves because they don’t deliver on a regular schedule.  Most are buying 3-4 now, just to get through to the next delivery!

To view ordering information for your area, sign up here: Zaycon Foods

Zaycon Foods is Bringing Chicken to 48 States- Missouri Ordering is Open!

I think this is the most requested deal I post!  Everyone loves the quality and price- it’s the best you’ll get short of the farm (and a whole lot easier) and the cheapest you’ll find in local stores. 

Zaycon Foods will be bringing fresh, boneless, chicken breasts back to Missouri at the low price of $1.69 per pound.  Delivery is the last week in October (actual date is dependent upon location).

You must buy in 40lb cases, but it’s fresh and can be refrozen.  It’s packaged in 4- 10lb bags per case, making it easy to divide.  Many of my readers have split cases or just bought one and have kicked themselves because they don’t deliver on a regular schedule.  Most are buying 3-4 now, just to get through to the next delivery!

To view ordering information for your area, sign up here: Zaycon Foods

Zaycon Foods to Bring 93/7 Ground Beef to the Midwest

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Zaycon Foods is coming back!  In just a few days, they will be taking orders for 93/7 ground beef.  I do not yet know the price, as it’s based on current market value.

They’ve also announced that they will start fall chicken deliveries in mid-September

What’s Zaycon Foods?  Check out this post we did last summer on the chicken. 

All you need to do now is to register on their site.  When orders open up, you’ll receive an email.  (It won’t show that they are in your area until they open ordering).

Zaycon Foods is BAAAACK! Orders will Begin Tonight

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Zaycon Foods will be opening up orders for another fresh chicken event tonight. 

Many of you were able to take advantage of this event in July, and the rest of you are probably still kicking yourself because you weren’t able to!

Zaycon Foods delivers pre-ordered, fresh, hormone free, boneless, skinless chicken breasts directly to your town.  This is some of the best chicken I’ve ever eaten and you cannot beat the prices!  You must buy a 40lb box, and it’s priced at just $1.49/lb.  If you’d like to learn more and see what you’ll be getting, check out this post from the summer.

To order yours, click here:  Sign up for Zaycon Foods 

Right now, it looks like the site says there is no event in your area.  This will change as soon as they open up the ordering!  This sold out within hours the last time, and there is a  MUCH larger demand this time, so order as soon as you can!

Amazing Chicken Sale and Giveaway from Zaycon Foods! (Giveaway has Ended)

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Giveaway has ended. Let me start by saying how excited I am for this giveaway- this has got to be the BEST giveaway we’ve ever provided.

Zaycon Foods is a company based out of Washington state that provides fresh, high quality meat at a very discounted price.  They travel from state to state and offer ‘Savings Events’.  You can order your meat online and pick it up at the specified location.  They only offer one type of meat per event, and you must purchase it in bulk.  To order, click here | Zaycon Foods

They contacted me recently asking if I would like to do a review and giveaway, and asked for advice on which locations would be best suited for this type of event.  They HAND-DELIVERED a case of boneless, skinless chicken breasts- 40 pounds worth, directly to my doorstep (well, I met them in town, because we all know how remotely I live).

On my way home, I met my mom, who was headed home for lunch.  I pulled her over and gave her a chicken breast.  Because it wasn’t deer season, I didn’t have any meat packing materials in my car, so I slapped it on a paper plate and off she went.

I went home and started prepping this chicken to be frozen. Since it was fresh, it could be refrozen without being cooked.  TOTAL TIMESAVER!  And it just tastes better when you freeze it raw.

The chicken was in (4) 10-lb bags in a lined cardboard case.

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When I opened the box, I was SO impressed.  There was absolutely no smell. If you’ve ever messed with raw chicken, you know the smell I’m talking about.

They were also the cleanest chicken breasts I’ve ever seen.  Because they are whole boneless breasts, I had to half them.  It’s not even necessary, but it makes it easier to prepare and freeze them.

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There was a bit of fat on some of them, which should be trimmed off.  Over the entire 40 lb box, I filled a cereal bowl with fat (that’s not very much fat).  I then boil the fat to make homemade chicken broth (more to come on that later).

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This is about 15 pounds!  I put some up whole, I sliced some for fajitas and Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks, and I diced some for pasta, sweet and sour chicken, soups, etc.

Because this is fresh, it was super easy to slice and put up. All in all, it took me 30 minutes to package the entire case exactly how I wanted it.  Look for a full post on how to freeze the chicken in the next few days.

OK, I confess, I didn’t freeze all of it.  While I was working on that, Brad was outside lighting the grill.  I coated a couple of pieces with GrillMates Montreal Chicken seasoning and he went to work.

We both took a bite and our jaws hit the floor.  After grilling (possibly overgrilling), it was so tender we could cut it with a fork.  It had the best flavor of any chicken I’ve ever eaten, including farm butchered chickens!

Mom called me later that evening gushing about hers (if you think I’m a meat snob, you should meet her!).  She confessed that she was worried about driving home with a hunk of raw meat sitting on the passenger seat.  “I couldn’t even SMELL it!” she exclaimed.  “That was the best chicken I’ve ever eaten! When are they coming back?”

I’m SUPER excited to tell you that they will be delivering in Missouri July 26th-30th.  Orders can be placed today through July 24thThis chicken is only $1.59/lb, which is the cheapest I’ve found boneless, skinless chicken in years (the frozen stuff in the bag doesn’t count, as it loses half it’s weight when cooked and is just plain nasty).  You will have to buy in a 40 lb case, which will fill 6 gallon sized freezer bags if you leave it whole, 3 if you cut it into strips or dice it.

To order, click here | Zaycon Foods

They will be delivering to the following areas in Missouri and Kansas:

  • Joplin
  • Springfield
  • Conway
  • Lebanon
  • Rolla
  • Fenton
  • St. Louis
  • St. Charles
  • Wentzville
  • Columbia
  • Jefferson City
  • Sedalia
  • Grain Valley
  • Liberty
  • St. Joseph
  • Leavenworth
  • Topeka
  • Lawrence
  • Olathe

Remember when ordering, that they might not be back in town for a while, so order adequately.  I can guarantee that once you taste it, you’ll wish you had ordered more!  A 40 lb case was enough for 25 meals for my very hungry family.  Not too many meats can feed a family for nearly a month for just $63!

I’m even MORE excited to tell you that they are giving one lucky reader a $65 credit to their account, which will buy an entire case of chicken. (If you live outside of the delivery area, you will be compensated with $30.)  If you’ve already ordered yours (which I recommend you do, because they sell out quickly),  you will be refunded immediately.

There are several ways to enter this giveaway!  You will receive one entry for each task.  Please leave a separate comment (our software will count one entry for each comment, multiple entries in the same comment will be counted as one entry) below for EACH entry.  Entries will be closed on July 19th at 12:01 a.m. CST and the winner will be announced on July 20th.

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