Zaycon Foods is a company that sells meat in bulk orders. Sort of a food co-op… but not really. They deliver bulk purchases at what they call ‘events’. Each event specializes in a specific product. Chicken, ground beef or Ham are their main products but they also handle:
All boneless and skinless, natural and healthy. I was pleased with the prices too!
• 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
Since I was not able to get down to the next chicken event as I had to teach (I tutor at a local homeschooling community) I did the next best thing. I drove down to the next beef and ham event. I picked up a box of 40 pounds of ground beef, and a box that contained 2 large boneless hams.
The beef comes in 4 rolls of 10 pounds each. I planned on doing a post about canning beef, but I couldn’t bring myself to can it! We seldom eat beef so it was a big treat for us. We are big venison consumers. If you want to can this beef, do it the same as venison.
Beef burgers we do though. And we did.
Hams come in a box with 2 large boneless hams. We had one for Christmas dinner and lots of leftover ham for breakfasts. The other is in the freezer waiting.
Zaycon Bacon wrapped around a Venison Roast. YUM! If you like a somewhat thick sliced bacon you'll love this bacon.
And Zaycon sausage links for a quick breakfast meat. I take these out and cook from frozen. Pretty convenient! (hmmmm... I may have to try canning these.)
When I first read about “events” I wondered….. What do you mean “event”? Not to worry, it was just like a drive through meat store.
You place your order ahead of time and print off your receipt.
When you arrive at your event location you don’t even have to leave your car. Everyone lines up and drives past the back of the Zaycon truck. There, two friendly guys greet you with a big smile and ask your name. They then go grab your box and put it in your car. Drive away. Easy.
Click on the image or click here to go to the Zaycon website. (affiliate link, thank you!)
If you have not registered before you’ll need to enter a name and zip-code. Then you can see where and when events will be happening by you.
The closest event to me is an hour away but it appears the company is growing and will hopefully be coming closer to me. They have event locations all over the states. If there is not one near you spread the word, if they get enough interest in your area they will organize a delivery for you.
I’m really liking this system. It was so smooth and easy. I wonder if others have the same experiences in their area?
I'd really like to hear from others who may have purchased from Zaycon. If you have any experiences to share please leave a comment below.
I've had several questions regarding Zaycon Foods that I didn't know the answer. So, I asked them! Here's what they say.....
"But I want to know where my meat and poultry comes from, how it was farmed, how it was butchered. I don't want inhumanely raised or slaughtered meat. Sorry, but I just need more information"
We get our beef from National Beef. We did have a blogger do some research on National beef and found them to be one of the best of the bigger farms. There was even a documentary that mentions it, I will have to see if I can find it. The beef is grass fed up until a few months before slaughter then they are also given grain to bulk up and to better the flavor.
Here are some more information on things I most commonly get asked:
With the amount of chicken and beef we sell, we keep our costs down with using larger farms. We have a goal to have our own farms across the country and be able to control our product from start to finish. We have found, over the past 4 years, which farms are best with quality and consistency.
We have had some growing pains and face those hurdles head on. We realize that we are not for everyone. We also can't control weather ;)
Our goal is to provide quality, fresh, healthy foods to families on a budget.
There is no waste with our product, it does not sit in a warehouses for weeks before getting to our customers. We are able to buy only what we sell, so there is no left over product.
We donate product to the churches and businesses that let us use their parking lots for events. We are able to help out shelters and food pantries with the small amounts of product that are left over from our events. Nothing gets thrown away.
Are Zaycon Foods GMO free?
We cannot say that the chicken is 100% GMO free. The reason is because the feed can be cross contaminated from the shipping containers used for non GMO free feed.
The chickens are cage free. The farm we receive our chicken from is called Wayne Farms. http://www.waynefarms.com/content/view/83/179/