YAY! Guess what?!? Our favorite chicken is super cheap right now….plus another 10% off your bulk order.
This is the chicken we buy and have bought for 4+ years. If you have not heard of this yet, you are in for a grocery budget treat….And if you have heard of it, now’s the time to order your “Spring Chicken.”
Chicken is our family’s main source of protein and so you know that I get super excited when I can purchase a better quality chicken. There are no added hormones, it comes fresh from the farm, no additives and minimally processed. It’s not organic, which would be super stellar for this price. But since organic chicken breast is around $6 a pound in our area, this is the second best option and keeps this family of 8 within our grocery budget.
We have continued and will continue to buy this chicken because we have been impressed by the value. The chicken in the grocery store is more expensive and not as great of a quality.
Now….let me explain how this works in a few bullet points:
- It’s only available a few times per year (last time we posted it was in April, nearly 8 months ago)
- It’s only available in bulk (40-lb cases to be exact), which is great for families with freezer storage OR 2 – 3 families sharing a case that don’t have freezer storage.
- You pick it up at the specified local location, not at a store, warehouse, etc. A refrigerated delivery truck arrives in your local area and parks in the parking lot. You drive up, roll down your window and give them your name, pop the trunk of your vehicle and they will load it in! You don’t even have to get out! It super simple, other than driving to the pick-up location. Most locations are within 5-10 minutes.
So in the end, it’s like a bulk, meat co-op! At least this is how you can think of it!
This company is called Zaycon Foods.
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 spring. 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-March. 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-three 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 2-3 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).
AND….through 12/20/15 – use coupon code: HOLIDAY10 for 10% off orders of $149 or more. This is good for anything on the site, but we used it for 2 cases of chicken!
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!