Monday, October 14, 2013

My First Experience with Zaycon Foods, America's Drive Thru Meat Market and 40 Pounds of Boneless Chicken Breasts (Review)

Disclosure: I was given product from Zaycon Foods as part of the campaign, in exchange for my honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Have you ever heard of Zaycon Foods?  I hadn't until I was contacted by and asked to write a review of my experience with Zaycon Foods, after picking up 40 lbs. of chicken at one of their drive-thru pick up sites.  Drive thru pick up for chicken? Hmm.  This sounded interest.  And, when I found out that you could get 40 lbs. of fresh boneless chicken breast for only $73.60, I said, "Where do I sign up?" :-)

Setting up an account and placing my order online for the 40 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts from Zaycon Foods was a breeze, and took only a few minutes.  In addition to signing up for the chicken event, I was also about to browse the US map and see what other events, like hamburger, bacon, fruit, milk, pork sausage, and honey were available.  

Unfortunately, only the chicken event was taking place in the New England area.  But, I did share Zaycon Foods and their upcoming events with family and friends who lived in other parts of the USA, where other events were taking place.  Like me, they had never heard about Zaycon Foods and their drive through pick up service, but were eager to learn more and check out the website.  

When the day arrived for me to pick up my 40 lb. box of chicken, I enlisted the help of my dad to help carry the box, if I had to pick up off the truck myself.  Remember I have never been to one of these drive thru's, so I didn't know if they would help loading the box of chicken in my car or not.  I had heard from a few other bloggers who shared thoughts on their Zaycon Foods pick up that their deliveries were delayed due to truck issues, etc.  I was hoping this wouldn't happen to me, as I had the girls with my mom, and needed to get back to help feed them lunch and put them down for a nap.  Unfortunately, there was a slight delay of 15 minutes due to issues with the truck.  But, when it finally arrived, the Zaycon Foods staff on hand apologized over and over again for the delay, as they helped load the box of food into our truck. 

It was such a smooth transition, and one that I found interesting and fun.  The entire bowling alley parking lot we were in (as Zaycon Foods works out different locations for each event pickup and these may include bowling alley parking lots, churches, etc.) was filled with cars waiting for their chicken pick ups.  

I was able to walk around talk to a few people, and was surprised at how many repeat customers were there. They kept raving about the price of the boxes, the overall quality of the chicken breasts, and how this pick up will go them through the winter and early spring, until their next pick up.  

 This is the size of butterfly boneless chicken breast you get -- with about 13-15 of these pieces.
  • Our Trademark Event
  • 100 % natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients
  • Comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen
  • Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case
  • Case dimensions—18 in wide x 12 in deep x 7 in tall

[NOTE:  Our chicken is 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. The smaller bags are not uniform in weight. There will be small amounts of naturally occurring liquids (i.e.,"chicken juice") in each bag and case. Chicken breasts typically come in double-lobed pairs ("butterfly") and will have small attached amounts of fat.Some trimming may be required.]

I have to admit, as I was taking the chicken out of the box when I returned home, I felt a little overwhelmed.  I had never seen boneless chicken breasts this big.  

You could cut one breast in half and it would equal the equivalent of what you would purchase at the market for $8+ dollars a package.  I ended up splitting some of the breasts in half, cubing other breasts and slicing some into cutlets.  I kept a few pounds out for cooking up that week, while the rest was placed in freezer bags for use at a later date. Prior to my pick up I went through my cookbooks and loose recipes to find chicken recipes I could make with all the chicken I was bringing home.  I ended up making chicken tortilla soup the first night and then followed up mid week with chicken cacciatore in the crock pot. Everything tasted amazing, and I have to say that the flavor was better than in the past when I used chicken from the grocery store.  And, unlike the grocery store chicken which seemed to have a mild smell from packaging, the chicken from Zaycon Foods smelled like chicken should be, and have a nice color to it.  

Now that I have experienced the Zaycon Foods experience, I can see why so many people are repeat customers.  And, I can say that when the chicken event rolls back around in the Spring 2014, I will be waiting in line wherever the closest meetup is, to get my box of boneless chicken breasts. :-)  Will you be joining me?  Click here to learn more about Zaycon Foods and their upcoming events that will be taking place in your area ---

Here is more about Zaycon Foods for those not familiar with their service:

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? 

"The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!  Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car. 

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase. 

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!"

To learn more about Zaycon Foods and see if there is an upcoming event in your area, click here now --

Stay tuned in the coming weeks when I be sharing some new recipes and family favorites I will be making, thanks to the 40 lbs. of boneless chicken breast from Zaycon Foods that has filled my freezer chest and refrigerator. :-)
Disclosure: I was given product from Zaycon Foods as part of the campaign, in exchange for my honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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