A few months ago, I was asked to provide a review for Zaycon Foods. Their bulk boneless, skinless chicken breasts, specifically. At the time, I had never heard of Zaycon, and I was a little confused about their service. Well, this opportunity turned out to be a prime example of how this whole blogging thing works, because I’m now stalking Zaycon’s website looking for more opportunities to buy their products (…and telling everyone I know!)
Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company based in Spokane, Washington. The company was founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. ~Zayconfoods.com
Here’s a little more about Zaycon’s unique business model:
Zaycon is not a store. In a nutshell, they are a company that delivers to one central location where you can pick up orders that you place online, basically cutting out the middle man, lots of waste and tons of resources, saving you a lot of money! My order was for Zaycon chicken, which was available in 40 lb. cases. I placed my order online, showed up at the designated pick-up spot (a church parking lot) in Camp Hill, PA on the day of delivery, and the guys from Zaycon put my order in my trunk. I was there for maybe 5 minutes. Then I took my order home and separated my chicken into bags for the freezer. Easy.
And now I’m stocked up for the entire winter! My main concern when ordering was quality (I’m a little picky when it comes to meat.) I don’t like to do a lot of trimming, and I don’t want Franken-chicken full of all kinds of hormones, dyes or preservatives.
No worries with Zaycon. I received 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients, directly from the processor and never frozen. It’s good to know ahead of time, however, that the chicken is delivered in bulk bags in its original wholesale packaging, and it comes in double-lobed pairs (“butterfly” breasts.) There is a little fat to be trimmed off, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Actually, the trimming and bagging gave me a great opportunity to cut and prep your chicken for future recipes! (Stir fry, soup, strips, etc.) I didn’t do enough, though. (Note to self for next time…)
And it wouldn’t be a true review if I didn’t mention the size of these chicken breasts! They were HUGE! I bagged them in packs of two that each weighed about 1lb 14oz. I got 19 bags, which tells me that I didn’t lose much at all to trimming. My only problem was where to put them all. Between this and our garden, my freezer is overflowing. (Good problem to have!) Although I’m sad to report that my new FoodSaver did die on me in the process. (Bad problem to have.)
Overall, I can only say positive things about Zaycon. I’ve made soup, chicken pot pies, a few slow cooker recipes and chicken salad so far, and this chicken is exactly the quality I look for. I would love to find a local farm, but I haven’t had any luck at a price I can afford, so privately-owned, US-sourced Zaycon will continue to be my choice for chicken at only $1.89/lb!
I only wish Zaycon would schedule more events in my area, because I’d be there. Some of the other items they offer include:
- Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 93/7 Super Lean Ground Beef (grass fed, grain finished, no pink slime!)
- Fresh Premium Hickory Smoked Bacon
- Pork Sausage Links
- Fresh Strawberries
- Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets
- Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey Breast Roast
- Orchard Peaches
- Raw Wildflower Honey
- Smoked Pulled Pork
- Premium Choice Angus Sirloin Steaks
Interested in ordering from Zaycon Foods? They’re taking orders for their spring boneless, skinless chicken breast sale right now – this is their #1 item, so don’t wait! There are over 20 pickup locations within an hour of my house…is there one near yours?
Find out and place your order at Zaycon.com!
Maybe I’ll see you in the parking lot. 😉