It’s a good day friends! Why? Because our family’s main source of protein and sustenance (besides the loads of fruits and veggies we buy each week) is on a CRAZY sale price. This is the lowest we have seen this chicken in over 3 years! I can’t tell you how excited we are because it means our grocery budget will drop by that much more.
We make this bulk meat purchase a couple of times per year and a couple of cases at a time will last our family for healthy, fresh chicken meals all year. I haven’t bought chicken in the grocery store in ages (except when organic chicken is on markdown).
So let us tell you about what we do for bulk chicken supply a couple of times per year, just like we have when this comes up for sale each time. This is a smart frugal option vs. buying chicken in the grocery store.
A popular company called Zaycon Foods offers different meat offerings a couple of times a year. Once they sell out, it is gone until the next sale in about 6 or so months. They have a different offering all of the time. For example, we have purchased chicken, roasts, bacon, shredded pork and ground beef.
The prices for boneless, skinless chicken breast is $1.99 – $2.49 a lb., depending on how the local farmer prices are at the time. Which thos prices are all ready a really, really good price compared to the grocery store.
BUT…for this chicken sale this round, they have been able to work out a deal with the farmers to secure several cases of chicken at $1.69 per lb.
They will sell out!
But the news is EVEN BETTER. The quality of the chicken compared to many grocery store options is far better. This chicken has no added hormones, additive or artificial ingredients. It is NOT organic. We just wanted to make that clear. However, here’s how we see it: this is a good alternative to organic when you can pay $1.69 for good boneless, skinless chicken breast vs. the $5-$7 per lb. price for certified organic chicken. Would we LOVE to get certified organic – YES, but it simply does not fit in our budget. There have been a few rare opportunities where we have gotten certified organic chicken for a great price, but certainly not enough for our family size for a long term solution. But you bet we will grab it when it fits in our budget.
So, this is the second best thing and this is the only chicken we have to buy, except for the rare organic deals. In fact, it is actually cheaper than many grocery store low quality, unnatural chicken breasts. You really cannot go wrong.
What is Zaycon Foods?
This chicken is sold via Zaycon Foods which is a nationwide company that provides fresh chicken, beef, pork and seafood to families at an affordable price. Their meat is higher quality and in some cases a natural option. They only have meat offerings at certain times of the year and for a certain type of meat. The last natural chicken breast sale was in the winter. You do not know how often or when they will have these sales
If it’s not sold in the grocery stores, how do I get it?
The way that this works is that you place your order online and then you will pick up your order from a local pick-up site as they are delivered to the area fresh in a cold truck. The chicken comes right from the processor and is not frozen beforehand, so it is super fresh. The pick-up spot is usually within a few minute drive of your home and they are in a parking lot of a private business/organization (like a church parking lot) and the pick-up time for your area will be on a certain date and a small window of time (usually 30 minutes) on that day.
To get this chicken for the price of $1.69 per lb., you do need to order in bulk. The bulk boxes comes in 40lb. cases and you can get multiple cases or split a case with several people. Whatever your needs are! Currently, you order today through the next few weeks (or until they sell out, which they do!) and then pickup is in mid-June. For the specific date/location/time, you will need to check your area on the website.
This comes out to be $67.60 each 40lb. box. This is an AMAZING price per lb. for this quality of chicken breasts.
We often get two 40-lb. case boxes as this is pretty much the only chicken we have. We also have a growing family and our little kids are getting bigger, so we are starting to need to make more per meal. One 40 lb. box will last our family for about 3 months.
We freeze half of the chicken raw in ziplocs and the other box we cook it all up and chop it up and have cooked cubed or shredded chicken which makes dinner so much easier as this is always the hardest part for me (defrosting and cooking the meat). So the days I have very little time, the cooked chicken is the answer.
This last batch, I also made 30 dump chicken meals for the crockpot with different themes: American, Hawaiian, Italian, Chinese and Mexican themed dump chicken meals. We have so much enjoyed these freezer meals, especially when we just “dump” them into the crockpot. I am planning to share these recipes with you so that you can also make freezer dump chicken crock pot meals. I will be making these same ones and some other dump chicken recipes just so we have a lot of variety in our freezer and a lot to share with you, so you can pick and choose which freezer meal recipes you want to make.
We highly encourage you to look into this and to place your orders soon as they sell out of this product. One time, I waited too long and the locations that were 3, 15, 25 minutes away were sold out and I had to go with the fourth option that was 45 minutes away, when I literally had an option up the road. It was still worth the 45 minute drive, however, I don’t wait any longer because I want to pick-up close to home and order before they sell out.
Here’s details about the chicken that they offer (this information is from their site):
Our Trademark Event
• 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
• Comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen
• Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case
• Case dimensions—18 in wide x 12 in deep x 7 in tall
[NOTE: Our chicken is delivered in its original wholesale packaging, a water resistant cardboard case containing three or four plastic bags of fresh chicken breasts. The smaller bags are typically sealed in a larger plastic bag. The smaller bags are not uniform in weight. There will be small amounts of naturally occurring liquids (i.e.,”chicken juice”) in each bag and case. Chicken breasts typically come in double-lobed pairs (“butterfly”) and will have small attached amounts of fat.]
Just as we have mentioned many times in our classes, we rarely buy meat at the store. Between our beef supply from a local farmer or the ground beef from Zaycon, and these opportunities to buy chicken in bulk, we are set for most meals. Most all of our weekly budget goes to the fresh produce and dairy and small portion to the coupon items that we use!
Head to the Zaycon Site HERE and register (or log-in if already a member).
You have to be registered to see the prices, pickup and delivery details and dates for your area and additional details.
Don’t miss this event as it is only open for orders the next few weeks or until they sell out and then it will be gone again for a while!