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)
Hey, if you make a "Zaycon Foods type" of discovery, be sure to e-mail me so that we can share it with everyone else!
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The smell of bacon cooking is most definitely an aphrodisiac.
All natural is not the same as organic. It is still chocked full of genetically modified corn and soy feed products which are increasingly being linked to autoimmune disorders, food sensitivities in children, ADHD, certain cancers, and fertility problems as well. Price isn't the only consideration. Great job on all the preparedness and food storage tips though!
@Go organic If you're an organic fan, as am I. In the article, I did NOT state that all-natural is the same as organic. In fact, my exact words were 'just below organic". However, let's make sure that we inform our readers properly on the USDA standards of organic. USDA allows for over 20 difference chemicals and toxins to be used on so-called organic foods. So in all cases, buyer beware.
Actually, the only difference between organic and all natural is a minimum of $5000 fee in order to be able to claim "organic" and that the chicken hasnt been frozen below 32deg F I believe, its 32 or 34. . I know this because we have a farm with chickens and we wanted to sell them as "organic" but didnt want to pay that huge price. So we sold ours as all natural instead.
Enroll and share, Granny. That's how you get them there.
Enroll and share...100 subscribers is their benchmark.
What is the shelf life of canned bacon? Did you just do a 'science fair project' to determine how long canned bacon will last? I'm sure I'd be considered a newbie prepper and I'm very interested in learning the information you shared on NatGeo (which led me to your website!).
Thanks for all of the knowledge!
@PrepN Bacon is one of those meats that's very tolerant of shelf time because it contains quite a bit of salt usually. When I can I expect everything to last about 10 years. There are those who tell you bacon will last longer though. But I'm comfortable with the 10 years.
Kellene, would you be able to share the directions for canning bacon? From what I gathered from your article, it is cooked first. After cooking then what? Thanks -
I want to knw how too
And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for setting me stargiht.
Kellene I just signed up with Zaycon Foods and gave you the referral. Their meat sounds wonderful and is exactly what I have been looking for. I too saw you on the Prepper show. You go girl!
You're going to LOVE their meat. Seriously, get to sharing your personal referral link with everyone you know. I think I'm going to get FREE chicken this next time around!
Hi, I'm new to the whole preparedness thing and have been reading your great blog. I have a real dumb "newbie" question.
It looks like in your pictures that the chicken and bacon you've canned haven't been cooked. Am I seeing those pictures correctly. Considering I don't know the first thing about canning, is non-cooked meat okay to store like this?
I can the meat raw. all of the step by step instructions are here on the blog. Just do a search on "canning meat".
Thanks for the reply. I'll check it out.
I have tried repeatedly to searched "canning meat" and I do not get any other article besides this one. Kind of discouraged... :(
Hmmm...I put in "canning meat" with the quotation marks and I got three articles to pop up on the first page, the third of them was this one: http://preparednesspro.com/step-by-step-meat-canning/
I just signed up with Zaycon Foods. I used your name as a referal also.
The bacon event was in our area today. I just missed it. There will be another event soon I'm sure. Thanks for all your effort and knowledge U share with everyone. :);)
OOh! I'm so excited for you! You'll love it!
Hi Kellene =)
How did you get bacon for 53 cents per pound? I was just on the Zaycon site and found it's 2.99 per pound. Does it vary based on location? I'm in the Seattle area.
If you read the nice little article, it shares with you how you get it for that low of a price. It's always exciting when I go to make a purchase to discover just how little is going to be coming out of my pocket.
I joined but found out after that, it seems, that this is a mortar and brick store and are not located anywhere in New England states. I'm going to call them and see if they do mail order tomorrow, but its something you may want to make clearer on your page. thanks for the info and hope I'll be able to order! :)
Jeanie, if you'd like more info on Zaycon, you can go to any of the several links that I've posted all throughout this article or You can look up the word "zaycon" and see other articles that expound on the topic here. They are a one time delivery service. They bring the products to an area once every sales event and if a person orders from them, they have to pick up the product at that set location within a specific time frame. As mentioned earlier, I've also linked to them specifically several times in the article and they also share detailed info (delivered either in a visual format or a written format)
Found out from friends on Facebook and love your products
Terrible site. Unorganized,
Terrible site. Unorganized, hard to navigate, and unable to order anything other than chicken. Unfortunately I have already created an account but will be not be going back.
It's sad to see you attempt
It's sad to see you attempt to spread such negative information when it seems to exist as a result of your own lack of understanding. They only offer ONE product per each sales event. All you have to do is enroll for their e-mails. When you receive an e-mail about a particular sales event that interests you, you make a purchase for that product and pick it up on the specific date/time/location provided for your area. It's pretty straightforward. But the best part is that their product is fabulous and their prices are even better! I hope you get navigated on their site better so you can take advantage of this.
I agree. Preparednesspro got
I agree. Preparednesspro got on ur ass dawg! Jeez, give him some pork to pull, eh ?