Thursday, October 27, 2011

Who Buys 40#s Of Chicken?? This Girl!!

While browsing Bargains To Bounty recently. I came across a post, 40lbs of Chicken Breast for $1.49 a lb. This grabbed my attention. We don't eat red meat at our house, the occasional roast, but other then that it is chicken. I decided to read up on the company that was offering it, Zaycon Foods. Their site lists the following:
  • Our chicken comes fresh directly from the farm to our sales event and has never been frozen
  • Our chicken is 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
This seemed like a great deal for me. I decided to purchase 1 case to see how I liked it. They list the days they will be in your local area and you can choose where you would like to pick it up from. My location was about 30 minutes away at a church.

When I arrived there were clear signs on where to go and what to do. I had Eliza in the car so I wasn't sure how I was going to manage her and a 40# box but it was my only option. I pulled up to some gentleman standing outside a truck. They asked my name and I told them, they found me right away. When they checked my name off the list they said "OK where would you like it?" Wait, what?? They loaded it directly into my car for me!! I didn't ever have to leave the vehicle/park or anything(they even laid a garbage bag down under the box just in case). All together the time took MAYBE 3 minutes from pulling in to leaving. HOW COOL!!

When I got home I decided to lay Eliza down(huge mistake) and get right at the box. I got all my supplies ready: Chicken Scissors Ziplock Bags. I made sure to take off all my rings and put on a grubby shirt.

When you first open the box there is a sealed bag. Inside the bag is 4 individual bags of about 10lbs of chicken. I went to grab one bag, take it out, and go from there. Unfortuantely during transport(i'm assuming) the bags shifted and they were upside down, so when I lifted the chicken all spilled out. OH well moving on.
I brought the garbage bag in with it, just in case.

Main sealed bag

4 Small Bags

I just grabbed my scissors and started trimming. The breasts come attached so you will need to cut up the middle to separate them.

Trim the fat, and some veins ewww, rinse it off and toss it in a freezer bag. I put three breasts per bag and tried my best to get all the air out. I threw them in the freezer and started on the next one.

All together it took me about an hour to do all 40 lbs, that is including a phone call, TRYING to get Eliza to sleep, and taking a few breaks from being grossed out. I will admit, I hate dealing with meat, it is so gross to me. If I liked more vegetables I would be a vegetarian just to avoid raw meat. 

This does take some time and effort. If I were to do it again, which I am sure I will, I will wait to do it until Mark is home and can help in some way. Be prepared, I have a nice blister from the scissors and my hands are pretty tired, but it was definitely worth the savings!
About 25 meals!

In no way has Zaycon paid me or asked me to write this...but they can if they want : )


Laura O in AK said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love saving money and stocking the freezer at the same time. Meat is expensive up in Alaska, so I would have bought the same deal in a heartbeat.

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Laura O in AK

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Quirky Homemaker said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great deal!!

Andrea @Oasis Accents said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, what a great deal! If you throw some in the crock pot too, you'd have some all ready for quick meals. Hope that's helpful. =)

Renee-The Hungry Monster said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That is alot of chicken!!
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I've been wondering about Zaycon. thanks for the lesson. I'm visiting from the Welcome to the Weekend blog hop. I'm now a GFC follower as Ericka T. Please visit my blog and consider following me. Thanks.