Better Chicken Breasts

There are so many great recipes out there for chicken breasts but they often omit one important detail, the quality of the meat that you can buy. Go to any grocery store and most of the chicken has been plumped up with a salt and water solution. Each package will tell you how much has been added and some brands it is quite significant. This is an issue for two reasons. First, you end up paying $3+ a pound for salt water instead of meat. Second, the meat shrinks down so much that you end up with less than you need for dinner.

So what is the solution? Read labels and know which chicken has been plumped. Alternatively there is a company called Zaycon that doesn’t plump it’s chicken, has fabulous prices and is purchased in bulk. Each box has 40 pounds of fresh chicken that you get to divide and either freeze or can in the proportions that work for your family.

The heavy duty box has a sealed bag inside which hold smaller bags of chicken pieces.
The heavy duty box has a sealed bag inside which hold smaller bags of chicken pieces.

Zaycon sells more than just chicken, you can find ground beef, ham and even smoked salmon. Once you have signed up to receive emails you will be alerted to events in your specified area. There is never an obligation to buy. If the increments are too large for your family then find a friend to split the case with. To pick up your order you meet at the designated place and the Zaycon driver places your order in the car for you. All you need to do is go home and divide up into family sized portions. I typically get about 30 meals from each case.


I love knowing my freezer is full of good quality chicken for the summer months of grilling. Next up is the ground beef sale and currently the price is $3.99 a pound which for me is a good price. Meanwhile I will be receiving my chicken order in just a couple of weeks. I cut up pieces for stir frying, leave some pieces whole and have a few bags marinating for quick meals. I have friends who prefer to an most of it to save on freezer space. Whichever way works for you, give it a try and let me know what you think!


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