By Kellene Bishop
While we watch with shock and awe as meat prices skyrocket an unprecedented 25%+, with promises of more historical increases in the near future, allow me to give you a friendly reminder: Zaycon Foods—the best way to save on meat without having to raise your own livestock is now having a great deal on bacon. My most recent purchase of bacon from them resulting in a cost of a whopping 53 cents per pound out of pocket, definitely convinced me that this good news bears repeating.
Bacon for Cheap!
I just received notification of their most recent sales event and had to jump on board. Nowadays, bacon is costing an arm and a leg, but Zaycon is offering 30 pounds at $2.97 a pound. So, when I went to purchase a case of it, low and behold, I had a Zaycon Referral credit of $73 sitting there, which dropped my total cost per pound down to a mere 53 CENTS! (out of pocket) Last quarter, Americans paid an average $4.73 per pound. Keep in mind this is a great quality of bacon meat, the same level that 4-5 star restaurants would insist upon that would more likely run the $5-$6 a pound. (The canned "shelf-stable" bacon with the Yoders brand averages about $14 a pound!) You too can easily have nice surprises like this kind of pricing on your proteins thanks to Zaycon’s $1 referral incentive that they offer all of their customers! (Everytime you refer someone to Zaycon and they enroll for the e-mail notifications from Zaycon, they forever become YOUR referral. So everytime they make A purchase with Zaycon, regardless of how much that purchase is, you get $1 Zaycon referral and you have no expiration date on when you can use them. Pretty sweet, eh? I give more details below though.)
Oh, and did you know that you can EASILY can bacon?! Yup, and when you do can it, you can still fry it up and make it nice and crispy exactly how you like it! That's right. It's not unappetizing in any way. Personally, I like to skip the greasy mess of frying the bacon on the stove. I just lay it out on a rectangular stoneware dish and bake it at 375 for about 20 minutes. That way I can keep the grease for other cooking/flavoring and have all the bacon turn out great—no burned pieces and no grease splatters. (Sorry this method does not work with a solar oven) It makes the house smell GREAT—like I actually accomplished making something delicious for my hubby. And in fact, I’m positive that the cooking bacon aroma is an aphrodisiac. *grin* Anyway, when you can the bacon, you never have to worry about remembering to thaw it before cooking and most of all, you’ll never have to worry about a power outage ruining all of that expensive meat!
How to get Quality Bacon and other Meats in your Preparedness Pantry
So, back to Zaycon Foods—here’s how it works: You enroll with Zaycon to receive notification of their sales events. Each month they offer at least one kind of protein product such as fish, ground beef, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, etc. When you enroll Zaycon Foods will give you a special link attached to your account. You share this special link with everyone you know that would love to be able to purchase FABULOUS quality proteins at a great, wholesale price. When your friends enroll with Zaycon Foods (it’s free to do so, of course, with absolutely no obligation for purchases) they will be clicking on your special link to do so, or they can enter in your specially requested name at the time of enrollment. After that they will forever be associated with your account. Every time one of your referrals makes a purchase of a case of goods YOU will get $1 in your Zaycon Referral Account. They do this INSTEAD of spending money on marketing and advertising. That means that everyone gets a great price on an even greater product. Zaycon keeps offering great deals all over the nation, and you keep saving money. It’s that simple. Enroll, share, save. Or just enroll and save. It’s up to you.
Just how great is the product? My first experience with them was their boneless, skinless chicken breasts. They came in a huge, water resistant box, and were packaged inside of thick food-grade plastic. I couldn’t believe how HUGE they were and without any of the hormones, additives or artificial ingredients that you usually get. The chicken is all-natural, which is just below the organic classification of the USDA. In most areas, the chicken you’re buying was walking around less than 2 weeks prior to your pick-up and was never frozen.
I’ve come up with lots of great dishes with these chicken breasts, most notably was when I used HALF of ONE breast to make FOUR servings of my take of fabulous chicken teriyaki and the other half for 4 servings Chicken Marsala. I canned several batches (quart sizes). I was more than pleased: I’ve purchased their chicken every time they’ve offered it in my area since then; and every time I do, the person who referred me to Zaycon Foods gets a buck to spend towards his/her purchases.
The meat products they sell are FRESH! Having purchased half a cow this year, I can attest to what a HUGE difference fresh meat makes! Zaycon’s commitment is to purchase their products direct from the farm/processor and sell it by the case to individuals in the surrounding areas. Since they are purchasing it directly like this, combined with the massive amount of happy customers they’ve got, they are able to offer great pricing—the referral dollars they award is just a fantastic icing on the cake.
This fabulous chicken was only $1.49 a pound which is my personal price point when I go to purchase it at my local grocery stores which don’t have anywhere near the quality of product—unless I want to pay $6 a pound for organic. By the time I went to order my chicken I had enough referral credits that it only cost me 99 cents a pound. Just 12 friends making a purchase would take your price per pound down to $1.19! Either $1.49 or $1.19—you can’t get that at the super warehouse stores! And remember, you’re not committing to purchasing anything by signing up. (I skipped one sales event the month that we purchased the half cow because the sales event just so happened to be ground beef.)
I don’t know about you, but I can only tolerate so much of that TVP stuff that supposedly tastes like chicken, beef, bacon, sausage, etc. And I love my wheat meat creations too, but sometimes you just want the meat. Some manufacturers are starting to come out with stand-alone freeze-dried meat products, but they are astronomically priced by comparison. At this price, it’s cheaper than the canned dog and cat food—sans all of the roadkill fillers. And when it’s pressure canned by you it has a longer shelf life than that canned stuff you can buy, all while tasting MUCH better, more tender, etc.
When you make a purchase, you’ll be e-mailed a receipt that you’ll need to bring with you when you pick up your meat on your assigned day, time, and location. When I picked it up, it reminded me of an old-fashioned drive-thru. They come up to your window, check the receipt, and then hustle to load the product in your car, followed with a cheerful send off. Zaycon Foods is officially my only drive-thru source for food now. *grin*
As I’ve shared previously, don’t get frustrated if you get to their site and they’re not yet in your area. (they have HUNDREDS of locations throughout the U.S. already) They will go to any area once they have 100 customers enrolled in their notification system. So, that’s just another reason to share, share, share. What could be easier to share—I mean really, what person doesn’t want to save money on that part of their grocery bill nowadays?
I hope this helps you battle the huge price increases that we’re seeing at the register and gas pumps. I know that it’s certainly helped us! (Click here to enroll for Zaycon's Sales Event notifications)
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