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40 Pounds of Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken from Zaycon Foods Giveaway

by Holly Duce on October 11, 2010

Have you ever purchased meat in bulk?  I’m not talking Costco sized stuff, but BIGGER.  I’ve heard of people buying things like “half a cow” and it sort of grosses me out a little.  I admit, I’m not big on cooking meat.  We eat a lot of chicken at our house and it mainly comes in the frozen boneless skinless variety from Costco.  I was recently offered 40 lbs of FRESH boneless chicken from a local company to try out and since we eat so much chicken and I had been wanting to do some bulk type cooking, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.  One of the benefits of buying meat in bulk is the savings- you’ll get a smaller price per pound than you would if purchasing a smaller portion.  Does $1.48/lb for boneless skinless chicken breast sound good?  If you live Northwest you can get your hands on some!

Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company based in Washington state.  It was founded in 2009 to bring fresh meat and other products to consumers at wholesale prices.  With their extensive experience in sales, business management and the grocery industry they have streamlined their consumer buying process to get customers the best value.  Here’s how (from their website):

1) COMBINED
BUYING
POWER
2) DIRECT
FARM-TO-
CONSUMER
3) SOLD BY
THE CASE
4) SELECT
PRODUCTS
5) SALES EVENT
MODEL
We combine the buying power of many families together, enabling us to negotiate huge savings on food purchases for your family
We bring products direct from the farm / processor (or as nearly as direct as possible). The products are as fresh as if you had your own farm, but without all the chores
We sell food products only by the case. No extra costs for handling. And no more empty shelves in your pantry
We sell only what we eat ourselves—high quality, healthy food. Our focus is on a select number of commonly consumed food items such as fresh meats like chicken, beef, turkey, pork and fish
Our unique sales event approach turns traditional food purchasing on its ear. Convenient, quick, organized—about 2 minutes and you never even need to get out of your car

As previously mentioned, I was given a case of chicken (40 lbs!) for our family to try.  They graciously delivered it right to our door.  I have to admit that while I knew they would be delivering it, I wasn’t as prepared to handle such a large amount of meat.  I was already past my due date with my third child and running low on energy and patience but I didn’t want to pass up this great opportunity.

Zaycon Food Chicken:

• is 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
• Comes fresh directly from the farm and has never been frozen
• is sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case (Each case contains four 10-lb bags sealed in a larger bag inside the cardboard case)
When I saw how much chicken 40 pounds is I immediately called my mom for help.  I started two large pots of boiling water, got out my cutting board, freezer bags, marinades etc and got to work.  Since I use cubed chicken in a lot of recipes I knew that boiling and chopping the chicken and then freezing it into meal sized portions would be a HUGE help when it comes to dinner time.  So while I handled that, my mom trimmed the breasts, cut some into tenders, cut some into smaller portions (some of the breasts were BIG) and put them into freezer bags, also in portion sizing just right for our family)  For some of these we poured in some teriyaki marinade since I had a large bottle on hand.  I also had one other packet marinade so I whipped that up really quick and had the Hubs barbecue some up.  That first night we got through about half (20 lbs).  My mom came over the next day and picked up the rest to take care of it for me (bless her heart!)  The next day she brought some back cooked, cut up and seasoned with taco seasoning.  We had burritos for dinner and they were delicious!
The first night when all was said and done this is what I had for my freezer:
There are a few ways that I’ll be using the cooked, cubed chicken by adding sauce, noodles, rice etc. and I wanted to share a couple of those recipes with you.  I’m considering making large batches of the sauces and freezing those into meal sized portions as well.
Cream Cheese Chicken:
1 can chicken broth, separated
4-8 cloves garlic (or jarred equivalent)
red pepper flakes (can be left out if you aren’t a fan of spicy foods)
4 oz cream cheese
1.5 Tbs. flour
2 tsp white wine
Directions:
Simmer 3/4 can chicken broth, white wine, red pepper flakes and garlic.  Mix flour with remaining broth and add to pan; mix.  Add cream cheese, continue simmering and mixing until sauce is thick and bubbly.

We like this over chicken and white rice.  It’s also good for a white garlic chicken pizza!

Alfredo Sauce:
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz butter
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 Cup shredded Parmesan cheese
minced garlic
pepper
Directions:
Melt butter and cream cheese together.  Add whipping cream and Parmesan cheese.  Simmer until thickened.  Add garlic and pepper as desired.
Add cooked chicken and pour over cooked pasta.
Bourbon Chicken:
1 clove garlic, crushed (or jarred equivelant)
1/4 tsp. ginger
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (omit if you don’t care for spicy foods)
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbs ketchup
1 Tbs cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
Directions:
Mix and dissolve all ingredients over medium heat then bring to a hard boil.  Reduce heat and simmer.  For a thicker sauce try adding a “slurry” solution of cornstarch mixed with water.
Sweet & Sour Sauce:
  • 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 2/3 Cup Pineapple Juice ( or Orange juice)
  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon  catsup ( ketchup)
  • 1 Teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup water

In a saucepan bring the first 5 ingredients to a boil over medium heat, stir so it does not burn.  Thicken with Cornstarch diluted with water, cook one more minute. Take off heat. Voila!

Ranch Chicken & Rice Casserole:
Cubed chicken (cooked or uncooked- doesn’t matter)
2 cups white rice
4 cups water
1 packet of Ranch Seasoning
Frozen veggies if desired
shredded cheese
Directions:  Mix all ingredients except cheese in a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.  Top with cheese.
Chicken is so versatile- the possibilities are endless!
If you live in the Northwest area and want to try Zaycon Foods, you can place an order on their website.  I suggest that you either go in on a case with another family or have a plan in place (and a helper!) for what you want to do with the chicken when you bring it home.  I love the fact that I have a freezer full of chicken for our family to eat and won’t have to make a run to Costco on a weekly basis.  About half of it is already cooked and ready to go and the other half can be used for anything we desire.  This will make dinner time a lot easier for me which is a big deal as I adjust to having three kids age 3 and under!
Register at Zaycon Foods to find out when they will be in your area and/or to place an order.  The earliest date is October 30th so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.  Registration is quick and simple and will give you access to the details you’ll need to order.  It’s all very easy.  I’ve had a great experience with them and highly recommend them!
Enter to win a full case of 40 pounds of fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts from Zaycon Foods (if you are in a pick up area) or a $35 gift card to your favorite grocery store (only if you aren’t in a pick up area) by filling out the form below.  3 lucky readers will win!  (Some other blogs also doing a Zaycon giveaway are:
The Coupon Project
The Coupon Posse
Frugal Chic Living
Thrifty and Thriving

{ 73 comments }

Barbara Stultz October 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm
Barbara Stultz October 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Melissa Brazil October 20, 2010 at 12:38 am

I just became a subscriber!!

Suzanne K October 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

Yum, freezer portions for winter quicker meals!

Naome October 20, 2010 at 11:16 am

Chicken would be great!

Naome October 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

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Kelsey October 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

We eat chicken sometimes 3 times a week! This week was Lemon-Garlic in the slow cooker! Yumm!

Erin October 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I would love some chicken!

Sean Morrissey October 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm

mmm, mmm goooood!

Barbara October 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

This is great.

molly October 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm

my family loves chicken this is a good deal!!

Sandra Gray October 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Sandra Gray
2016 W 85th Apt UP
Cleveland, OH 44102

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This chicken would be great with some curried tomatoes and spinach

Sandra Gray October 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm

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Stephen Hand October 22, 2010 at 12:45 am

Chicken is delicious and healthy when prepared correctly. I’d absolutely love to win this.

Ginger M. October 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

I would love some free chicken!

Ginger M.
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Vancouver, WA 98664

Shelley Mitchell October 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

We love Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo!! It’s my families favorite! Thanks!

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Nadine L October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am
Gaines Simmons October 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I am following and liking. Thank you for this great opportunity to win food for my family.

Heather October 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

What a great giveaway!

Sandra Gray October 22, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Sandra Gray
2016 W 85th Apt UP
Cleveland, OH 44102

sandyswins at gmail dot com

I’d also love this chicken with some italian sausage cooked in a tomato sauce

Anya October 23, 2010 at 12:52 am

I would love to win!

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