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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!

Variations on Potato Leek Soup

2 Mar

After ending up with plenty of leeks and gold potatoes after Bountiful Baskets last week, we’ve been enjoying plenty of Potato Leek Soup.  However, my husband complains about the lack of meat.  So, I tried a couple different variations this week, and they were great!

Potato Leek Soup with Sausage:  While soup is cooking, crumble and brown 1 pound of Italian sausage.  Drain excess fat.  Stir into finished soup.

Potato Leek Soup with Sausage


Potato Leek Soup with Ham: After soup has finished cooking, add in 2 cups of fully cooked ham (such as Zaycon Foods ham)

Potato Leek Soup with Ham


I will update the original post for Potato Leek Soup with these variations as well!

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

Ham and Pineapple Pizza

19 Nov

We had quite a bit of ham leftover from the Tangy Honey Glazed Ham I had made, plus some pineapple that I had cut for the glaze.  Coincidentally, I also had a pizza crust from the Sunizona Family Farms bakery.  So, what to make???  Ham and pineapple pizza!  It turned out so great!  So great, that I almost forgot to snap a picture!

Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

16 Nov


Oh my, this ham was delicious!  My husband and I had to stop ourselves from eating too much!  I’m glad I finally decided that tonight was the night for some Zaycon Foods ham!  I first cut the ham into 3 sections, which of course I didn’t cut very evenly, so this section was about 4.5 pounds of the 10 pounds that it was.  Oh well.  It was a good size for us, with slices leftover to lunch tomorrow.  This was a fully cooked, boneless ham, so really, I just had to make sure the ham was heated though, then added the glaze and cooked a little longer for added flavor.  Yum!  This glaze was perfect since I received a pineapple and oranges at Bountiful Baskets this past weekend.  The recipe called for pineapple juice, but I just took fresh pineapple chunks and pureed them in the blender.  The honey was from a bucket of honey I bought a while back that I finally divided into smaller jars today.  Everything tastes better fresh!  This does have Dijon mustard, so if you aren’t a fan, I think you could leave it out and still have a nice glaze with the rest of the ingredients.


Tangy Honey Glazed Ham
Based on recipe here

What you need:

1 ham (mine was fully cooked, boneless, 4.5 pounds in weight)
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup pureed fresh pineapple (or 1/3 cup pineapple juice)
Juice of 1 orange (or 1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon cloves

How to make it:

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Cook ham according to type and weight, using guidelines on package or here.  For my ham, I lined a roasting pan with foil, set the ham in, added 1/2 cup water to the pan, and covered the ham in foil.  I cooked it for 45 minutes to make sure it was heated through.

Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Once ham has finished cooking, remove the foil cover.  Pour 1/3 of the glaze over the ham, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.  Repeat until glaze is gone, for a total of 30 minutes of cooking uncovered with the glaze.  Check to make sure the temperature is at 140 F if the ham was in original packaging, or 165 F for re-packaged or leftover ham.  Cook additional time as needed.  Slice and serve!

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!

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