Nov 052011
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How to Save Money Buying Chicken In Bulk

How to Save Money on Proteins Buying in Bulk

I’m pretty sure that we all have noticed the increase in prices as the grocery store over the last few months.  One area I’ve noticed a huge difference in is fresh proteins.  In the past I could sometimes find boneless, skinless chicken on sale for under $2/lb; now it is regularly $3.30/lb and sales are few and far between.  While there are coupons for many products those coupons rarely include fresh meat, so you might be wondering how to save money in this area.

One way to save is when you buy in bulk.  Normally I make my bulk purchases at warehouse stores.  But I recently discovered a new option: Zaycon Foods where I can buy fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts for under $1.50/lb!

Zaycon Foods was founded in 2009 and is based in Washington state.  The goal of their company is to bring fresh meats and other products direct to consumers at wholesale prices.  They combine the buying power of multiple families in each community which allows them to negotiate huge savings.  Then they look for farms or processors in each community and bring you the foods directly from them; your meats are as fresh as if you owned a farm yourself (without all the mess and work!).  And they sell the meat by the case; this allows them to further keep the costs down by skipping handling charges.

I had the opportunity to participate in a Zaycon Foods event this week and I honestly, I wish all my shopping was that easy.  A couple of weeks before they came to town I went online to reserve my case.  (Chicken cases each contain 40 lbs. of chicken.)  I choose the event closest to me (they generally have multiple events in each state), ordered my case of chicken – each case of chicken costs $60-65 – and printed out my confirmation.  Then this week on my assigned day and time I drove to the delivery location and waited.  The driver was a few minutes late, but once he did arrive, I was in and out in less than 2 minutes.  I didn’t even have to get out of my car!  Just drove up next to the truck, told the guy where I wanted my chicken stowed, told him my name and off we drove.

The chicken is fresh and comes packaged in a big box (designed for refrigeration).  When I got it home and we opened the box, there were four plastic bags of about 10 lbs. each, and they were all sealed inside a larger plastic bag.  The breasts were huge with very little fat on them.  We portioned them out to roughly two double-breasts to each gallon-sized ziptop plastic bag. That way we can pull out only what we need for each meal.

What to do with all that chicken?  Well, to start check out this recipe I prepared using my Zaycon chicken.  You can also check out my Pinterest recipe boards for additional ideas.  And be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter as in addition to updates about deliveries in your area and new additions to their offerings I have also found that they share recipes.

Giveaway is now closed.

I received the above stated product(s) in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% that of myself and my family.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  37 Responses to “Fill Your Freezer with Fresh Chicken from Zaycon Foods”

  1. I will use the credit towards chicken!
    Chantanna Gholar

  2. Ground beef! We use a lot of it.

  3. Ground Beef

  4. Ground Beef!
    Michelle W.

  5. I think Ground Beef. But it's really hard to decide.


  6. As much as we love bacon, I will probably go for the chicken…or maybe the ground beef? Can't decide. LOL

  7. if possible i will use it on some of each but if not then on ground beef or chicken depending on if beef is available.

  8. Ground beef

  9. I'd spend it on chicken. Thanks!
    romapup at gmail dot com

  10. definitely spend it on chicken

  11. For the credit, it's a tie between chicken and ground beef. There are 9 of us, and these two meats are staples in our family!

  12. The stumbleupon entry in rafflecopter for Caryn Haluska is an error. I thought I was on the GFC entry. Please delete… it was an accident.

  13. Wow, um, chicken, no, bacon, no, um, burger, no, chicken. Heck I don't know! Can I get some of each? LOL

  14. Chicken for sure! It's delicious.

  15. chicken!

  16. Chicken. Cheryl

  17. I would it for chicken.
    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. The last round of Zaucon in Phoenix I got 60 lbs of bacon and 80 lbs of chicken. So if they come agin soon I will probably get beef if it is a while i will get chicken. Judith v..

  19. I'd spend it on chicken.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

  20. I think I'd spend the credit on a combination of the three!

  21. I would spend it on the chicken!

  22. i'd spend it on chicken and ground beef! :)

  23. thats a lot of chicken parmesan

  24. Ground Beef

  25. I'd definitely go with the chicken. I could eat it every day.

  26. We eat a lot of chicken, so thats what I would buy.

  27. We would choose ground beef!!
    norcalrita at gmail dot com

  28. I'd spend my credit on chicken. :)

  29. on the chicken and maybe bacon.
    bdavisnc at gmail dot com

  30. Bacon. Or maybe chicken. No, bacon for sure.


  31. chicken or bacon..depends on my mood

  32. chicken..

  33. Chicken, Chicken, Chicken!! (

  34. Definitely would use it on chicken!!

  35. not sure…probably ground beef

  36. We love their chicken. Most definitely would spend the credit on chicken.

  37. […] skipped over Tasty Tuesday this week so that I could bring you a recipe using the fresh Zaycon Foods chicken that we picked up this […]

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