You know when you find something really great and you want to tell all of your friends and family about it?
And you tell them, and they’re like “oh that’s nice.” and don’t do anything about it?
And you’re like “NO. SERIOUSLY! You could save ALOT of time and money with this!!! Why aren’t you listening to me???”
And then they do, and tell you how wonderful it is like it was their idea? ;)
Well I definitely want you to know about Zaycon Wholesale meat products. There is a chance you’ve heard about it because it is becoming more and more popular, but you won’t realize just how great it is until you try it.
Of course the catch with saving money on really nice, high quality meat is that you have to deal with larger amounts that aren’t individually packaged. However, now that we have been getting it for a couple of years, I definitely prefer it this way. It saves money ($1.89/lb.) and time in the long run when I’m cooking (and you’ll have a hard time going back to grocery store chicken once you have this!).
How it Works:
- Place your order online
- Go to the pick-up location to get it (usually a church parking lot- the picture above is from the last time I purchased chicken)
- Bring home and package the meat to freeze
You’ll receive the chicken in a box like this. It is “leak resistant”, and the chicken is in three or four sealed bags inside. When I get it home, it goes next to the sink to begin cleaning it.
Here are the supplies that I use:
– Foil pans from the Dollar Store
– Tin Foil
– Quart & gallon sized freezer bags
– Teriyaki Sauce
– Taco Sauce
And here is how I divide it up…
10 Pounds: Trimmed chicken breasts divided into five quart size freezer bags(2 lbs. each)
9 Pounds: Diced chicken in foil pans (1.5 lbs. each)
6 Pounds: Sliced chicken for chicken fajitas
15 Pounds: Cooked, shredded chicken in gallon size freezer bags (roughly 2 lbs. each)
Total: 40 pounds
I can prepare all of the above in about two hours. I bake the chicken that gets shredded while I’m bagging the raw chicken, so it all goes pretty quickly. Often I get two boxes (or 80lbs.) at a time, when I do that I recruit my husband or sister to help :)
What I do with 40lbs. of Wholesale Zaycon Chicken:
1. 10 Pounds Quart size Freezer Bags
A quart size freezer bag holds about two pounds of chicken once it is trimmed and cut into smaller pieces.
This is a good amount for a single meal for our family (two adults and four young kids). What I really appreciate about packaging it myself is that I can make the perfect size bags for us.
For my mom, she prefers 3-4lb. bags of chicken, so we use gallon ziploks for her. We used a scale for the first couple of bags and then eye-balled it from there.
You can see in the background that the chicken comes in large, butterflied breasts. So two breasts are connected in the center still. I rinse them, cut them apart, and trim (there is relatively little trimming). There isn’t much fat or anything else on them to cut off compared to the bags of frozen chicken that you get in the store.
Here are our family’s top five recipes that require chicken breasts:
Three Cheese Chicken Alfredo Bake
Parmesan Crusted Chicken (super quicke & easy!)
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Chicken Cordon Bleu (don’t let the name intimidate it you, this doesn’t take long at all and is worth every minute of prep!)
2. Nine Pounds Diced Chicken Teriyaki
For a quick meal, we often turn to chicken teriyaki (in some form). By dicing the chicken and putting it in these foil pans, it can go straight from the freezer to the oven and be ready in about an hour.
(There really isn’t anything pretty about raw chicken, is there? ;)
I put about a pound and a half of diced chicken in each pan and pour teriyaki sauce over the chicken to marinade while it is in the freezer before covering with two layers of tinfoil. It is a little bit of work up front cutting up all of this chicken, but on busy week nights, I’m so glad that it is already done!
We also use this chicken for these other recipes as well (you can thaw it and throw it in the crock-pot, too!):
3. Six Pounds Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajitas are another quick week night recipe for us. I just cut about a pound of chicken into strips, add some taco sauce and place in a quart freezer bag.
To cook, I thaw the bag in water (in only takes about 15 minutes) and then put straight into the frying pan.
4. Fifteen Pounds Shredded Chicken
And while I am preparing the above, the rest of the chicken I bake in the oven so that it can be shredded (cooking it in a crock-pot or three works well, too).
Once the chicken is cooked, I put it into my stand mixer to shred.
Put equal sized pieces of chicken into the bowl and turn on the lowest setting. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want it to turn to mush! Once it begins to look shredded, there may be a few larger pieces left, just shred those by hand so the rest doesn’t get pulverized (I went too far the first couple of times I used my mixer to shred!)
Then divide into gallon sized freezer bags. I also add some of the juice back into the bags from the baking pans to keep it from getting dried out. Then, when you are ready to use, pull it out of the freezer, thaw and use it for any of these:
SUPER EASY 3 Ingredient Chicken Tacos
Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Spaghetti
The Best Crock Pot Enchiladas
Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Crock Pot Chicken Chili (this is SO good!)
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Buffalo Chicken Chili
It is SO handy having it already cooked and shredded in the freezer, all of these recipes come together in minutes, this is definitely my favorite way to use this chicken.
You’ll notice the difference…
Once you have this chicken you won’t be able to go back to store bought frozen chicken…you’ll be ruined for high quality chicken! The other night my mom made the parmesan crusted chicken for dinner, she usually has Zaycon chicken but had run out…my husband whispered to me: “this isn’t the good chicken, is it?”
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