Back in February, I had my first experience with Zaycon Foods, and have been very pleased with their products. I have gotten Alaskan salmon, cod, shrimp, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 93/7 lean ground beef, hot dogs, German sausage, and fully cooked grilled chicken strips. My deep freeze has been stocked with meat, poultry, and seafood on a constant basis, which I love because it makes dinner choice a little easier when I have meat on hand already. Well, as long as I remember to take it out of the freezer.
There was one product of theirs I had yet to try, the bacon. We love bacon in our house, and I had heard good things about it from a couple of friends. So, when they announced a bacon event was coming to my town, along with a ham event, I jumped at the chance to try it! Both were priced at $3.29/lb, and are products of Farmland Farms.
The ham unit was 2 10 pound hams. It is a Carve Master Boneless Smoked Old Fashioned Ham. Here is more information on the ham from the e-mail they sent out: This Ham is made from fresh outside muscles only, for excellent flavor and texture, slow smoked with real apple wood to give the ham a unique true smoked flavor.
With less than 10g of fat per 100g the USDA has approved this ham as LEAN, with this special cure there is no MSG, this ham is completely boneless, meaning higher yields and easily carved from end to end.
The Ham is packaged by the case this includes two 10lb hams that are individually vacuum sealed and has guaranteed freshness up to 100 days.
Here is a photo of one of the hams:
I am not sure what I will do with this ham yet, but I’m excited to get to try it! It is fully cooked, so I may slice it up for cold sandwiches or I may heat it in addition to our turkey for Thanksgiving.
The bacon unit was 2 15 pound boxes of bacon slices. It is Fresh Hickory Smoked Bacon. Here is the product description from their e-mail: This bacon has had the same award-winning cure since 1959, cured for a minimum of 24 hours, and hickory smoked for at least 7.5 hours, the smoking process includes only actual hardwood chips burned in the stocker, this creates the color and flavor that makes this cure so special, in addition to color and taste our bacon has been carefully hand trimmed from each belly for consistent sizing.
Here is a photo of one of the 15 pound packages:
It is a nice, thick cut bacon. We had some for breakfast the morning after getting the bacon, and it was really good. Honestly, I’m so used to eating turkey bacon, I wasn’t sure how the pork bacon would go over in our house, but we all thought it was delicious.
I counted out 16 slices of bacon, which was around 1 pound, some a little more, some a little less, but I figured that 16 slices is 4 pieces of bacon for each member of my family of 4. For 12 sets, I vacuum sealed the bacon to put in the freezer. The remaining 3 sets, I put in FoodSaver FreshSaver bags in the refrigerator.
Next month, I’ll be picking up more of the ground beef, which is perfect because I am out of ground beef from the March event!