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Zaycon Foods – From farm to table: How smart families buy big and save


A couple of months ago I decided to try out the Zaycon Foods chicken event because I wanted high quality food that was fresh and affordable. The day of the event I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never taken part in something like this before. All I knew was that you met at a designated location, waited for the refrigerated truck to arrive, and picked up your chicken.

My first Zaycon Foods chicken event

Things went pretty smoothly at my first event, with the exception of me getting slightly lost on the way to the meeting location. The truck showed up on time, and all we had to do was pull our car up in line and they loaded our product right into our vehicle for us. No one even had to get out of their vehicle! Since the chicken was pre-paid, all we had to do was show our receipt and we were all set. It was the easiest pickup of food I’ve ever done.

Prepping the chicken

The chicken is sold by the case and 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. Chicken breasts typically come in double-lobed pairs (“butterfly”) and will have small attached amounts of fat so trimming may be required.

When I got my chicken home the first thing I did was get out plenty of freezer bags and set up my prep station on my kitchen table. I had a cutting board and knife, quart size freezer bags, and gallon size freezer bags.

The chicken breasts were HUGE, so instead of just separating them at the butterfly point I also sliced them in half as I knew one breast would be way too much to try to cook at that size.

I ended up with eight gallon size freezer bags each filled with three quart size bags. Each quart size bag had four of the halves in it (so two breasts cut in half). I double bagged them hoping that it would help prevent freezer burn for any that were in the freezer long term.


Enjoying our chicken

Besides receiving huge chicken breasts, I was excited to eat chicken that is 100 % natural with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients; and comes directly from the processor — which means it is fresh.

The first recipe I tried with the chicken was a simple one. I used the Hellman’s Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe.

parmesan chicken

The recipe is very easy to follow and make, and everyone thought it turned out great. Our ‘halved’ breasts were just the perfect size for it too! An entire quart size bag of four fit in our baking dish, which is just the right amount for our family. (For the full recipe and directions click the Hellman’s link above)

parm chicken

More about Zaycon Foods


To learn more about Zaycon Foods, and how you can sign up for these amazing chicken, beef, pork events and more check out their website here: Zaycon


So tell us…

Have you ever used a fresh food delivery service? What is your favorite way to prepare chicken?

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7 Responses to Zaycon Foods – From farm to table: How smart families buy big and save

  1. Janet W. December 9, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    I’ve never used a service before. This chicken looks amazing! I usually like to bake my chicken in the oven with some spices.

  2. jenny at dapperhouse December 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    we go through so much chicken that I really do need to buy in bulk like this. I will check out Zaycon to see about home delivery. Thanks for the link!! (And thanks for the dinner idea too)
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  3. Megan December 9, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to try Zaycon chicken. There is an event once a year about 45 minutes from us. I think it is in Feb. sometime. I’m gonna check and perhaps get on the list.
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  4. Elena December 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I have tried Zaycon chicken and like it. I am going to try their ground beef next time

  5. Sharon December 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I’ve never tried a delivery service like this but we did buy a half a cow this year. That plus deer from my family who hunts and we feel like we’re on track to get a little closer to our food. That’s a good feeling!
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  6. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) December 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Great way to save and be prepared!
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