All the time I’m asked about food budgeting. ALL THE TIME. How do you eat healthfully on a budget? Where do you find good deals? How do you walk the line between well-sourced food versus not breaking the bank? I’ll let you in on a little secret: Zaycon Foods. I heard about Zaycon from some local friends a few years ago. One of my friends (via a Facebook status, of course) was commenting on how happy she was that her Zaycon chicken was processed and in the freezer. Of course, I came at her with 20 questions. Later that day, I had placed my first Zaycon chicken order…and the rest is history. Zaycon Foods is a company based out of Spokane, Washington. Though they’re widely known for their chicken, they offer all sorts of items – salmon, bacon, sausage – even milk and berries! Everything is sold through ‘events’. You pre-order in advance and on the day of delivery, you simply pick up your order at a designated place. My local pick-up is at a nearby church. The Zaycon truck pulls into the parking lot and a line of cars forms. You simply wait your turn, pull up at the truck and pop your trunk. They’ll even load your items for you! Wondering if Zaycon events are near you? Well, probably. They’re almost everywhere in the continental U.S. Once you’ve registered, simply plug in your zip code for events near you! Here’s what you need to know about Zaycon Foods chicken –
- Zaycon chicken comes straight from the processor and has never been frozen.
- The chicken is delivered in it original wholesale packaging. It contains 4 10-pound bags of boneless skinless chicken breast, for a total weight of 40 pounds.
- The chicken breasts are large, but they are 100% natural. There are no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. They are large because they have not been trimmed up like you would see in the grocery stores. A double-lobed pair of chicken breast can weigh over 1 lb. Chickens come in all sizes (just like us)!
- The box the chicken comes in is about the size of an apple box
- Expect small amounts of naturally occurring liquids in each bag.
- Some fat trimming may be required.
So you might be thinking that sounds like a lot of work. I’m not going to lie, it takes a little time and it’s a little messy, but honestly? The chicken is so superior in taste and price to the stuff I usually pick up at the supermarket – so in my mind, totally worth the time and effort. The trick is to be well prepared when you bring your Zaycon order home. What do I recommend you have on hand for processing an order of Zaycon Chicken? Here are my essentials:
- Freezer space. I have a small chest freezer in our garage where I store our chicken, along with other perishable I buy in bulk throughout the year.
- A vacuum sealer with bags OR freezer bags. I go with the vacuum sealer because it keeps the chicken fresher for longer.
- A sharp knife for trimming fat.
- A sharpie to label bags with date and contents.
- A few free hours to process your order.
Are you thinking you don’t have the freezer space for 40 pounds of chicken? I totally get that. And I have a solution. SHARE! I’ve heard of many people splitting Zaycon orders. The bonus (besides wonderful chicken)? You get to have a processing party with a friend. Nothing creates bonds like processing 40 pounds of chicken! Zaycon sells its chicken breasts for $1.89 a pound, which is really an amazing deal for chicken that is never frozen, 100 % natural with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. Honestly, it’s hard to beat. The next Zaycon chicken event is right around the corner (late October) and I highly recommend you check it out and, if you’re so inclined, place an order! The chicken events sell out fast, so the sooner you order your box, the better! If the event near you is sold out, make sure to get on the waiting list – you’ll be notified if any more product becomes available. Click here to go to our Zaycon referral page! And if you end up ordering, let us know in the comments what you think!
I received monetary compensation and Zaycon product in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.