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Zaycon Foods Buffalo Wings and Chicken Tenders Event

17 Jul

This week, Zaycon Foods had a Buffalo Wings and Chicken Tenders event here in my area.  Since we enjoyed both last time, I decided to get them again.  The wings were pretty much the same, but the chicken tenders were fully cooked this time.

First, here are the Hot ‘n Spicy Buffalo Wings:

Zaycon Foods Hot 'n Spicy Wings

 

This time, they were $3.15 per pound, and came as four 5-lb bags.  Last time, the wings seemed a little on the small side, but this time they are larger and more like what I’ve seen eating out.  These are fully cooked, so they just need to be heated through.

Next, here are the Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders:

Zaycon Foods Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders

 

This picture is just half of the case.  I shared this case with a friend, and didn’t get a chance to take a picture until after she’d already picked up her share.  These were $2.19 per pound, and also came as four 5-lb bags.  The chicken tenders are in varying sizes, about medium-sized.  We will hopefully have a chance to try these out in the next few days.

Zaycon Events for July 2013

28 Jun

I usually post after an event, but wanted to post before some upcoming events so that you don’t miss out!  They have a number of events going on right now, although some are limited to certain areas.  The best way to know what is coming and available for your area is to create an account and sign up for their e-mails (here is my referral link to sign up) .  They are available now in 20 states!

Here is the list of current events happening:

  • Fresh 93/7 Super Lean Ground Beef
  • Fresh Premium Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Hot ‘n’ Spicy Buffalo Wings
  • Natural Non-Homogenized Whole Milk
  • Orchard Peaches
  • Fully-Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders

In my area, the bacon pick up was a little over a week ago.  Next up, is the chicken tenders and buffalo wings, which is mid-July for me.  Then, at the end of the month, the ground beef will be arriving.  I’m not sure yet if we’ll get peaches and strawberries, but I’m hoping that we do!  They sent out a message asking about interest for AZ, but I haven’t heard yet what the results were.

The milk isn’t available widespread yet, but they are doing a milk survey for interest.  You can find all the details on their milk here, and if you are interested, you can sign the petition on the right side to bring the milk to your area.  I signed because I would at least like to try it out.  The price is higher than what I am used to paying, but if it’s good, quality milk, I don’t mind paying more.

Finally, they sent out an e-mail asking about interest in cheddar cheese for Arizona.  If you are in Arizona and would be interested in cheese, I encourage you to fill out the survey.

So far, I have been very pleased with every event through Zaycon Foods, and have enjoyed having a freezer full of meat to pull for meals instead of remembering to get it at the store and catching it when it’s on sale.    I’m hoping that they come back with a seafood event soon, that was the one we really enjoyed, but it’s been a while since they’ve been here with it.  For now, we’re happy with the rest!

Zaycon Foods BBQ and Bacon Events

19 Jun

Last month, Zaycon Foods had a BBQ foods event and I’m just getting around to posting the pictures!  The event included bacon-wrapped pork fillets, Gold Medal beef hot dogs, Gold Medal Polska kielbasa sausages, and pork loin “meaty” back ribs.  I really wanted to get all of it, but settled on the bacon-wrapped pork fillets and the beef hot dogs.

The bacon-wrapped pork fillets came frozen in a 10 pound box, which was 30 fillets, for $39.90 ($3.99/lb).  I split this case with a friend, so we each got 15.  Here is how the case looked:

Zaycon Foods Bacon-Wrapped Pork FilletsAt first, they seemed a little smaller than I was expecting, but actually, they are a perfect size.  I grilled these about a week after getting them, and they were really good.  My husband put his in a bun and had it like a sandwich.  I just cut mine and ate it.  Looking forward to enjoying the rest of these soon!

The Gold Medal beef hot dogs came frozen in a 10 pound package as well, which was 50 hot dogs.  It was $29.90, or $2.99/lb.  I kept this whole case myself, wishing I had gotten another!  Love these hot dogs, they are so good!  Here is how the case looked:

Zaycon Foods Gold Medal Beef Hot DogsThere was a little freezer burn on them, but while I had them out to re-package, some of that melted away.  I put them in packages of 4 and packages of 8.  We’re a family of 4, so I did the 4 for when I grill the hot dogs with something else, like brats or burgers, and the 8 for when we have just hot dogs or friends over.

Today, was the pick up for the fresh premium hickory smoked bacon event.  And, just in time because I’m down to my last couple packages of bacon.  They made some changes from the last event, the bacon is fresh, but was delivered frozen.  Which is fine because it all went in the freezer anyway since I still have some from the last event to use.  It was also packaged differently.  Last time, it was in two 15 pound packages, and this time there were twelve 3 pound packages.  Their reason for this was to make it easier to share the case with friends and family.  I haven’t decided if I will re-package this or not.  I’m sure we could eat 3 pounds of bacon at once, but I don’t think we should!   Anyway, there were 36 pounds total, and it cost $125.64, or $3.49/lb.  I shared this case with a friend, and here is my share of the bacon:

Zaycon Foods Premium Hickory Smoked Bacon

 

Next month, they have a chicken tender event and a ground beef event scheduled.  Definitely getting the ground beef, still undecided on the chicken tenders.

 

 

Zaycon Foods Breakfast Sausage

21 Mar

Zaycon Foods recently had another pork event, once again bringing their delicious ham, which of course I ordered.  But, this time, there was breakfast sausage instead of bacon.  I’m just about out of bacon, but decided that we east breakfast sausage quite a bit as well, and it’s also something I can use in other dishes as well.

The unit was 20 pounds, and came in 2 10 pound boxes, and came already frozen.  My only complaint in the packaging was that the bag inside the box was not sealed, and I couldn’t repackage right away, so some got freezer burn.  Each sausage link is 1 ounce, and in a casing.  You can find more information on the sausages here.  Also, here is a picture of the label on the side of the box.

Label on Zaycon Foods Breakfast Sausage

So, I counted out 16 sausages to put in bags to vacuum seal.  I found that the pre-cut quart size FoodSaver bags were perfect for this.

Vacuum sealed breakfast sausage links

We have had this sausage a couple of times now.  I used my electric griddle to cook it along with pancakes for breakfast.  It turned out really well, was easy to cook and tastes good too!

Zaycon Foods Hot ‘n Spicy Buffalo Wings

10 Feb

My husband loves wings.  So, when Zaycon Foods listed an event for Hot ‘n Spicy Buffalo Wings, I decided I would order since $2.99 per pound was a decent price.  This isn’t the greatest picture, but here are two of the four 5 pound bags:

Zaycon Foods Hot 'n Spicy Buffalo Wings

They are fully cooked, so really it’s just a matter of heating them up.  I cook them in the oven, at 400 F, for about 15 minutes.  The ingredients, nutritional information and cooking directions can be found here.

They are a little smaller than wings we’ve had dining out, but that’s not a big deal for us.  They really are very tasty, I’d say about a mild or medium.  I have a very low tolerance for spiciness, and I can tolerate these without too much pain.  My husband seems to be enjoying them as well.  I don’t think they will last long at our house!

Zaycon Foods Chicken Tenders

16 Jan

This is the first of two Zaycon Foods chicken events that was available here this month, Breaded Chicken Tenders.  It was $1.99 per pound, and came as 2 boxes of 10 pounds of chicken tenders.  Then, each box actually had 2 bags, so all together I got 4 5 lb bags.  Here are 2 of the bags:

10 pounds of chicken tenders from Zaycon FoodsThese are not formed chicken, but cut pieces of white meat that are breaded.  They are not fully cooked, so they do have to be either deep-fried or baked in the oven (400F for 12-14 minutes, or until fully cooked).  They are made by the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation under the Sweet Georgia Brand, and nutritional information and cooking instructions can be found here.

I made some for dinner tonight, and they were pretty good.  I cooked them for closer to 15 minutes, but I wanted to make sure they got cooked through.  So far, I’m happy with the purchase!

Cooked Zaycon Foods Chicken Tenders

Zaycon Foods Bacon and Ham

10 Nov

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!

Zaycon Foods Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

3 May

Ok, I know, I know, I just bought 40 pounds of fresh chicken breasts in March at $1.89 per pound.  I had wanted to pre-cook some of it before freezing it, but I didn’t have the time to do it.  Then, Zaycon Foods announced they were having a Fully Cooked Grillmarked Chicken Breasts Strips event for $2.89 per pound, I debated on whether or not to buy in.  My friend that I had split with before had contacted me to ask if I was, but I was still on the fence.  She said she was interested in sharing again, so I eventually decided that I would participate.  I know the other chicken I had just purchased was cheaper per pound, but for the convenience of having fully cooked chicken to pull out for various uses was very appealing to me.  Plus, fully cooked chicken at the store is usually closer to $4 per pound, so I was pleased with the price as well.  The original e-mail said that it would be 8 5-lb bags, but when I picked it up this week, it was 32 1.25-lb bags.  Which, actually is fine, because this size bags is actually better portion size for my use.  I haven’t used it yet, but by looking at the bags, it looks really good, not a lot of gristle like some fully cooked chicken tends to be.  Once I do use it, I will give an update as to how it tastes.

Zaycon Foods Chicken

23 Mar

I’m really liking Zaycon Foods so far.  You order and pay online, then when you pick it up, you don’t even have to get out of the car, they load it for you.  Buying meat this way, then getting produce from Bountiful Baskets, makes it so that I don’t have to be in the grocery store as much.  This is nice for a couple of reasons, one is that I don’t have a lot of time for long trips, and another is that I don’t have to make my kids be in the grocery store as long.

This week, Zaycon Foods had a boneless, skinless chicken breast event here in my town.  Chicken is their trademark event, and I have seen pictures of others who have gotten it, and I decided I wanted to try it.  This time, I didn’t share the case, I just bought one for me.  It was a 40 pound unit, and the price this time was $1.89 per pound.  Sometimes the grocery stores will have chicken as low as $1.67 per pound, but it’s not often and hard to get a good quantity since they usually have limits.  I can’t get to the grocery store every day to get daily limit to stock up, so I was happy for this opportunity to stock up.  So, what does a 40 pound box of boneless, skinless chicken look like?  Like this:

Inside the box was a large, sealed bag that contained 4 unsealed bags of chicken breasts.  Lots of juices are with this chicken, so you need to have a workspace prepared in case of spills.  Here is how each piece of chicken looks:

This was actually one of the largest ones, weighing about 2 pounds.  I first cut it down the middle, then trimmed off the extra fat.  I also trimmed some of the chicken from the undersides.  Those pieces I cut in smaller pieces and collected in a measuring cup to get to 2 cups.  The recipes I use that call for diced chicken or pre-cooked chicken typically are for 1 cups of chicken, and this ends up being about 1 pound worth of chicken.  Once that was all done, I decided to put 1.5 to 2 pounds of whole chicken breasts into each bag.  I used a roll on my FoodSaver to create my own size bags for this.  I cut the larger size chicken breasts in half, so those bags had 4 chicken pieces, then the smaller ones I would put 3 pieces in a bag.  It was a lot of work!

I ended up with 16 bags of whole chicken breasts, weighing between 1.5 – 2 pounds each and 4 bags of diced chicken pieces, that were 2 cups or 1 pound each.

My freezer is now just about full!  So, I guess my hopes of buying a 1/4 cow are on hold for now.   I’m happy to have the chicken and looking forward to getting to try it out!  Now that I have a variety of meat in the freezer, when I make my meal plan for the week, I can take out the meat I need for the week and not worry about if I can get the meat on sale at the grocery store.   This also means I need to have a good system for labeling and inventory of the freezer, which I will talk about in a later post.

Zaycon Foods Ground Beef, German Sausage, and All Beef Hot Dogs

18 Mar

 

Last month, I bought seafood from a Zaycon Foods event, and have been very pleased with the process and quality of the seafood.  So, when the opportunity came to get 93/7 ground beef, German sausage, and all beef hot dogs I went for it.  In the picture above, the German sausage is top left, all beef hot dogs top right, and the 2 big chubs are the ground beef.

This time the units available were:

– 40 pounds 93/7 lean ground beef at $2.99 per pound
– 10 pounds German sausage at $2.99 per pound (approximately 50 per box)
– 10 pounds all beef hot dogs at $2.99 per pound (approximately 50 per box)

I split the order with a friend of mine, so my share was 20 pounds ground beef, 5 pounds German sausage, and 5 pounds all beef hot dogs.  The ground beef ended up being only 38 pounds, and my part was just over 19 pounds, so I will get a credit for the 2 pounds not in the box.  The German sausage had 49 pieces, so we split it 24 for me, 25 for her. The hot dog box had 51 pieces, so 26 for me, 25 for her.

I recently got a Foodsaver from a friend of mine that she was no longer using (thank you Rebecca!), so I put it to use for the first time for this meat order to package it all for the freezer.  For the German sausage and hot dogs, I put 4 pieces in a quart size bag (1 bag of hot dogs had 6) and vacuum sealed them.

 

Next, I worked on the ground beef.  I weighed out 1 pound sections using my food scale, then again used quart sized bags to vacuum seal it.  I also used some of the beef to make bags of 4 patties, each 1/3 pound, to quick thaw for burgers.  I ended up with 14 one pound packages and 5 packages of four, 1/3 pound patties, about 5.3 pounds total.

 

It was a bit of work, but worth it to have meat ready in the freezer.  This week, I am picking up chicken from Zaycon Foods, and I am working on how I will prepare all of it for the freezer.

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