Freezer Cooking

Just a reminder that Zaycon Foods is still offering fresh Hickory Smoked Sliced Bacon and Pork Sausage Links all over Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

You will be able to place an order for the following:

  • Hickory Smoked Bacon - Sold in 36 lb quantities at $3.79/lb (12 packages at 3 lbs each)
  • Pork Sausage Links - Sold in 20 lb cases at $2.89/lb (2 cases at 10 lbs each)

If this sounds like a lot for your family, definitely consider splitting.  Four of my friends and I split the bacon last time and it requires very little prep.  With the way these packages of bacon are divided, you could easily split with 3, 4 or even 6 friends.  The sausage is easily split between two families.

This bacon is AMAZING.  The flavor is fantastic, it is perfectly thick and cooks up really well.  Although we don’t eat it all the time, I love to have it on hand to flavor a dish without making meat the star of the meal or to cook up and add to homemade pizza.  We also save all of our bacon grease to use for cooking eggs, sauteing vegetables and more.  My stock-up price for bacon used to be $2.99/lb or less, but I have been hard pressed to find it for less than $4/lb lately.  This is a great deal!

The last time I ordered the sausage links, I’m pretty sure they were gone in a week.  They are SO delicious and super easy to cook up ahead of time as an emergency protein.  For a good quality sausage, this price can’t be beat!

Our local pick-up date will be Thursday November 9th in Pasco, Kennewick or Richland.

For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

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Zaycon Foods is back at it!  They are now offering fresh Hickory Smoked Sliced Bacon and Pork Sausage Links all over Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

You will be able to place an order for the following:

  • Hickory Smoked Bacon - Sold in 36 lb quantities at $3.79/lb (12 packages at 3 lbs each)
  • Pork Sausage Links - Sold in 20 lb cases at $2.89/lb (2 cases at 10 lbs each)

If this sounds like a lot for your family, definitely consider splitting.  Four of my friends and I split the bacon last time and it requires very little prep.  With the way these new packages of bacon are divided, you could easily split with 3, 4 or even 6 friends.  The sausage is easily split between two families.

This bacon is AMAZING.  The flavor is fantastic, it is perfectly thick and cooks up really well.  Although we don’t eat it all the time, I love to have it on hand to flavor a dish without making meat the star of the meal or to cook up and add to homemade pizza.  We also save all of our bacon grease to use for cooking eggs, sauteing vegetables and more.  My stock-up price for bacon used to be $2.99/lb or less, but I have been hard pressed to find it for less than $4/lb lately.  This is a great deal!

The last time I ordered the sausage links, I’m pretty sure they were gone in a week.  They are SO delicious and super easy to cook up ahead of time as an emergency protein.  For a good quality sausage, this price can’t be beat!

Our local pick-up date will be Thursday November 6th in Pasco, Kennewick or Richland.

For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

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Zaycon Foods has posted all their event dates, times and locations for the upcoming boneless, skinless chicken breast event!  You will be able to place an order for 40 pounds of chicken for just $1.89/lb.  I can imagine these will probably sell out, so I would place your order as soon as possible.

There are events all across the country, with specific pick-up dates and locations listed.  For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

If 40 pounds of chicken sounds like way too much for your family, consider splitting with a friend (or two).  My friend Sarah and I have split a few times and it is super easy.  The chicken is packaged in four 10 pound bags, which makes it easy to split.

We have 4 super local events (Benton City, Richland, Kennewick, Pasco), all with the delivery date of Wednesday October 8th, but there are several other events all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

For more information:

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We bought a cow! (well, half)

by Melody on July 3, 2014

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My husband and I have talked for years about buying a quarter or half of a cow from a local farmer and stocking our freezer with meat, but just have yet to find time to make it a priority. Talking with a friend at the gym recently, she was telling me about a guy she knew who had retired from the police force and was raising a few cows for fun and wanted to sell. The cows were grass-fed and very local and the price was outrageous! $3.69 per pound pre-butcher and after butcher just over $4 per pound. We will pay this for a quality ground beef at the grocery store, but this is an outstanding price for roasts, flank steak, T-bone steaks and more.

This opportunity just plopped in our lap and I’m so thankful. All we had to do was talk to the butcher and give instructions on preferred cuts and thickness and pick it up. So easy! There are a few reasons we have been talking about this as an option:

Supporting local farmers and local economy – We would support our local economy with every purchase if it was financially possible.  We try as much as possible because generally the produce is more delicious and the meat and eggs are so fresh, but it can be a budget buster.  LOVE that we were able to support local at such a reasonable price.

Higher quality and more nutritious meat – We all know that conventional beef found in the grocery store is cheaper, so it can be hard to justify the price of grass-fed or local beef without knowing the facts.  From my research, I’ve found out that grass-fed beef contains more vitamins, more antioxidants, more omega-3 fats (and the right balance of fats) and is one of the only natural sources of CLA.  CLA is an omega-6 fat that helps aid weight loss and increase lean muscle, along with a host of other benefits.

grass-fed beef contains more vitamins, more antioxidants, more omega-3 fats (and the right balance of fats) and is one of the only natural sources of CLA.  CLA is an omega-6 fat that helps aid weight loss and increase lean muscle, along with a host of other benefits. – See more at: http://www.beautifulfrugallife.com/2012/07/the-great-food-revolution-of-2012-making-the-switch-to-grass-fed-beef-or-pastured-poultry-and-pork/#sthash.EI7mrqtZ.dpuf

The price! Holy steaks. - This one speaks for itself.  Honestly, not that much more expensive than conventional beef.

Not having to watch sales and run to the store – I’m quite literally the world’s most impulsive impulse shopper.  If I have to run to the store for one thing, not only is it not very economical but I end up with 6 extra pounds of produce, some sort of specialty cheese and a new tank top.  I’m the worst.  Having a freezer full of meat, combined with pre-paid produce from our Community Supported Agriculture program, I rarely have to step foot in the store.

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Now, we did have to scout out a deal on a new freezer. We have two fridges with small freezers on top, but we would have completely maxed out our space, with no room for anything else. We ended up with about 200 pounds of beef, so went with a stand alone freezer over a chest so we could easily see what we had. We found a used freezer for about $150 (total steal) that came with a 6-month warranty! While our initial purchase of beef cost us this extra $150 for the freezer, hopefully it is a one-time purchase that will get us through a few more cows.

It’s such a blessing to not have to run to the store for meat. I’ll keep us stocked in chicken by watching sales at the store, but the beef will be such a great time saver. Every Monday in our family is taco salad night and it was such a giant pain to run to the store for one thing if I forgot ground beef in my weekly shopping. Love that I just have to walk out to the freezer and it’s so accessible. And SO delicious.

Some of our favorite ground beef recipes (because we now have a LOT):

Links and Resources for more information:

  • Eat Wild – Search for meat, poultry, pork and more in your local area

Do you have a great local resource for grass-fed beef?

What are your favorite recipes using ground beef?

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Welcome to a Week in the Life of an occasional spend-all-the-money-in-the-world impulse shopper who sometimes uses a coupon but tries mightily to save money where she can.  Each week (or whenever, because I can’t seem to stay on schedule) I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

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One of my favorite frugal (and delicious) ideas is to buy whole raw chickens when they go on sale, roast them up and then make homemade stock.  I can generally find them at Fred Meyer for around $.88 per pound, which makes a 4-5 pound chicken around $4!  Even Costco’s cooked rotisserie chickens are $4.99 and they have some additives and fillers I don’t care for.  By roasting your own, you are paying less and you can control what you are eating.

I always roast two chickens at a time using this Simple Roast Chicken method from Frugal Living NW.  Roasting at such high temps can create a bit of a mess in my oven, so it’s best to at least get two chickens out of the process.  This way we have double the meat and double the carcass for stock later on.  Plus, only half the clean-up since I only have to do it once.

The meat from both chickens was enough for one full dinner for five, two full lunches for my husband and brother and enough left over for a great chicken salad the next evening.

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After we are done eating, I throw the leftover carcass, innards and fat in a giant bowl to keep in the fridge.  Over the next few days, I make two batches of stock in my slow cooker (you can make it on the stove top as well, but we’re never home long enough).

I split the carcass bowl contents in half and add them to my slow cooker.  I keep a Ziploc bag in the freezer and I throw in the butt ends of onions (peels and all), woody asparagus stalks, ends of carrots and any other vegetable extras I have.  I throw half the bag in with the carcass and cover with water.  I then throw in handfuls of fresh or dried dill or thyme, plenty of sea salt and fresh peppercorns or ground black pepper and let it cook on low for 8-10 hours.  I’ve been known to leave it in the crock pot on warm for more than 24 hours when we get busy. As far as I know, it really doesn’t matter how long it sits.  Generally, the longer it is in there, the more flavor your stock will have.

A few notes:

The reason I do two batches is because you basically get as much stock as you can fit water in your slow cooker. If I put both carcasses in together, I would only get a small amount of stock from two super flavorful carcasses.  By doing two separate batches, I am getting the most out of each carcass and double the amount of stock.

You can easily use fresh veggies to impart any flavor you want.  I just like to use the leftovers and butts that would normally be discarded or composted, as you discard the solids at the end anyway.

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Once the stock is done cooking over low heat and I have discarded the large solids (carcass, vegetables), I stick the entire crock pot bowl in the fridge to cool down.  Once most of the fat floats to the surface, I scoop it off with a spoon and throw away.  I then run the remaining stock through a fine mesh strainer to remove any fresh herbs or solids that may still be left.  What remains is the most flavorful stock (or bone broth) that I swear you will ever taste.

I freeze in small Ziploc containers and use for homemade soups, cooking vegetables and so much more.  While I wouldn’t necessarily buy whole chickens just to make stock (I think it’s cheaper to buy bouillon at Costco), the whole process from having chicken for meals AND being able to freeze stock makes it very frugal.  And the chicken is outrageously more delicious than any rotisserie chicken you could find at any store.

The best part about this process is that you would be hard pressed to mess it up.  I just throw in whatever vegetables I have on hand and any kind of herbs that sound good.  I’m a dill fanatic, but you don’t even have to add it.

Do you have a favorite stock recipe?  What are your favorite herbs to add?

Have you ever roasted a whole chicken?  What’s holding you back?

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Welcome to a Week in the Life of an occasional spend-all-the-money-in-the-world impulse shopper who sometimes uses a coupon but tries mightily to save money where she can.  Each week (or whenever, because I can’t seem to stay on schedule) I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

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Price matching to save time

We just had a new Yoke’s Fresh Market open near our house and I’ve been shopping there quite a bit lately.  I drive right by everyday to drop my son off at preschool so it’s super convenient.  They do run great sales, but their regular shelf prices tend to be higher so it’s not always the most cost effective.

I learned on accident that they will price match competitor’s store coupons that run in their weekly ads.  For most stores (Fred Meyer, Albertsons, Safeway), the store coupons they put in their ads tend to be very quality deals.  For example, Yoke’s was willing to price match these 2-pound bricks of Tillamook cheese that were on coupon in the Fred Meyer ad for just $4.99.  While I do love to share the love and shop at all local stores, sometimes it’s just not in the cards.  If I know a trip to multiple stores is so not going to work that week, this is a fantastic option!

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Lots and lots of meat

More Zaycon Foods!  This time we ordered their fantastic ground beef and split with a friend, which meant we had 20 pounds of beef to repackage and freeze.  At just over $3 per pound, it’s a little higher than we can find on a good sale.  But here’s why I still do it.

It’s delicious.  Consistently delicious.  One short hour or so and I have several packages of beef ready for meals or the freezer, which requires one less trip to the store.  I know. I could find a fantastic sale and run in to buy it at the local grocery store.  Know what happens when I make a trip “just for ground beef”?  I come out with a $60 bill and a cart full of things I didn’t intend to buy.

This saves me time.  And money, because I’m impulsive.

If you haven’t signed up for a Zaycon Foods account, it’s completely free and you will be notified of events in your area.

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Stocking up at a low price point

We usually buy our bananas at Costco for around $.44/pound, but occasionally they go on sale at a local grocery store for $.38/pound.  We go through these like mad crazy apes in our house, so I stock up.  We have filled carts.  People ask questions.

We eat through what we can and then I peel and freeze the rest for green smoothies.  We mostly buy whole foods and it’s rare to find a coupon for these kinds of items, so our best bet to save on our grocery bill is to know a good stock-up price on the items we do buy.  When it’s cheaper than we normally pay, I buy approximately 1,724 pounds.  Or you know, enough to fill a freezer drawer.

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The Hansen Family Calendar

I don’t know about your family, but starting in about February, our spring and summer weekends start to fill up like crazy.  Come June, we’re lucky if we have one spare Sunday afternoon.  This is never intentional and we don’t necessarily plan on filling up every waking hour, it just happens.  There are concerts and baseball games and college football in the fall and Vegas (most likely) and competitions and birthdays and barbecues.

This year, we got smart.  My husband made this fantastic calendar at work and we listed out every planned and possible trip or party we are going to attend for the rest of the year.  I’m not going to pretend like this is saving us a ton of money, doing stuff costs no matter how we try to cut down on costs.  What it is doing is preventing us from double-booking and telling us what we need to buy tickets and hotel reservations for.

For example, we are doing a few races this year where the price goes up if you don’t register by a certain date.  Having them listed on the calendar has forced me to go through and make sure we are signed up and ready to go.  By doing it early, we lock in the lower rate instead of waiting until the last minute and paying WAY too much.

Having it all listed out makes me a little more sane (and just a little more crazy) all at the same time.  Another bonus perk?  We can start lining up childcare when we need it instead of waiting until the last minute.  It also helps with my husband’s work schedule, as he can ask for all these days off in advance.

What local stores in your area do price-matching?  Have you taken advantage?

What is your favorite source to buy quality meat at a low price point?

Do your summers look like our families?  What is your favorite thing on your calendar this year?

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Zaycon Foods is back at it!  They are now offering fresh Hickory Smoked Sliced Bacon and Pork Sausage Links all over Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

You will be able to place an order for the following:

  • Hickory Smoked Bacon - Sold in 36 lb quantities at $3.49/lb (12 packages at 3 lbs each)
  • Pork Sausage Links - Sold in 20 lb cases at $2.79/lb (2 cases at 10 lbs each)

If this sounds like a lot for your family, definitely consider splitting.  Four of my friends and I split the bacon last time and it requires very little prep.  With the way these new packages of bacon are divided, you could easily split with 3, 4 or even 6 friends.  The sausage is easily split between two families.

This bacon is AMAZING.  The flavor is fantastic, it is perfectly thick and cooks up really well.  Although we don’t eat it all the time, I love to have it on hand to flavor a dish without making meat the star of the meal or to cook up and add to homemade pizza.  We also save all of our bacon grease to use for cooking eggs, sauteing vegetables and more.  I generally like to pay $2.99/lb or less, but for the convenience and great quality, I will totally order through Zaycon.

The last time I ordered the sausage links, I’m pretty sure they were gone in a week.  They are SO delicious and super easy to cook up ahead of time as an emergency protein.  For a good quality sausage, this price can’t be beat!

Our local pick-up date will be Monday March 10th in Pasco, Kennewick or Richland.

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Zaycon also relaunched their boneless, skinless chicken breasts event, priced right now at $1.89 per pound.  You will receive 40 pounds of chicken and it can easily be split with a friend.  Even though we just picked up a box at their last event a few weeks ago, we will definitely be getting another.  We go through it so quickly and it’s super delicious!  Our local pick-up date is Wednesday February 26th.

For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.  For more information on our experience with Zaycon, check out my post on how we process our chicken.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

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Welcome to a Week in the Life of an occasional spend-all-the-money-in-the-world impulse shopper who sometimes uses a coupon but tries mightily to save money where she can.  Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

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Zaycon Foods chicken!

Have you jumped on the Zaycon train yet?  Every few months, they come rolling through town in their giant trucks loaded with meat of some form.  Bacon, sausage, chicken, ground beef.  All sold in bulk at very decent prices.  You pre-order when the sales go live, pick a drop-off location and time and swing through on your way home from work or picking up the kids from school.

Crazy easy, convenient and well-priced.  The only thing that takes a little time is processing the chicken after you pick it up.  40 pounds of chicken divided into four bags may look like a lot, but it goes pretty quickly.  After I lay out all my supplies, the whole process tends to take me about 30-45 minutes.

Generally, I throw as many of the breasts as will fit into my crock pot with some seasoning or homemade BBQ sauce while I’m prepping the rest.  This gives us shredded chicken for salads, to top sweet potatoes or noodles or just for a snack.  The rest of the chicken, I trim the fat, divide the breasts and then throw 2-3 breasts each into a gallon Ziploc bag.  Then freeze.  And done.

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And sometimes I bake a few breasts with oregano, cumin, paprika, chili powder and salt and pepper.  Amazing taco chicken for a delicious salad with avocado, salsa, sour cream and cilantro.

I know several people who go into their Zaycon delivery day armed with a well thought out plan, recipes to make 27 freezer meals and 120 pounds of chicken.  Flying by the seat of my pants is more my style and most days I can barely remember my name, so this is as good as it gets for me.

Check out my Recipes for Zaycon chicken Pinterest board for more recipe ideas.  If you want to be notified of future Zaycon events in your area, sign up for a free account and you will get periodic emails when ordering goes live.

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So.  My Grandpa used to save all his bacon grease in the fridge and I would tell my friends about it for shock value because it was SO STRANGE.  Save grease?  That’s why we have giant jugs of canola oil, people!  Then we stopped using hydrogenated oils.  While we love high quality heat-tolerant oils like coconut and macadamia nut oil, they can be spendy.  All of a sudden I found myself pouring bacon grease into mason jars.  Life is a full circle.

We keep it in the fridge and use it to cook eggs, toss veggies in it for roasting, grease pans and tins for savory muffins and more.  I don’t know how frugal it is to eat 129 pounds of bacon per week, but we sure use every scrap and every drop of grease that comes out of it.

Are you a Zaycon customer?  Are you a toss in a bag-type girl like me or do you have a plan?

Do  you save your bacon grease?  What do you use it for in the kitchen?

I would LOVE to hear how you saved your family money this week.

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Zaycon Foods has launched a new event selling fully cooked Buffalo-style chicken wings for just $1.49 per pound!  Your order will include two 10-pound boxes for a total of 20 pounds.  This would be an easy split with a friend if 20 pounds is too much or you could pick up the full order for a Super Bowl party.

For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

We have 3 super local events (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco), all with the delivery date of January 21st, but there are several other events included.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

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Zaycon Foods has posted all their event dates, times and locations for the upcoming boneless, skinless chicken event and select events have not sold out yet!  You will be able to place an order for 40 pounds of fresh chicken for just $1.89/lb.  I can imagine these will probably sell out eventually, so I would place your order as soon as possible.

$1.89 per pound is a little bit higher than we have seen in the past, but it is still a fantastic price for great quality chicken.  There hasn’t been a really amazing sale on chicken in our area for awhile, so we’ve been on the lookout for this Zaycon sale!

There are events all across the country, with specific pick-up dates and locations listed.  For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

If 40 pounds of chicken sounds like way too much for your family, consider splitting with a friend (or two).  My friend Sarah and I have split several times and it is super easy.  I have to tell you though, our family has purchased a whole box for us the last few times and we go through it lightning quick.  I’m ordering two boxes this time!

I generally just trim and freeze most of the breasts uncooked, but if I have time, I also throw some in the oven and/or the crockpot to bake.  I just do a basic seasoning and then shred when it’s done cooking. This gives us some great, easy, pre-cooked protein to throw in dishes, on top of salads or just eat for a snack.

We have 4 super local events (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Benton City), all with the delivery date of Monday February 3rd, but there are several other events all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho and all over the country.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”. Zaycon is listing the next chicken event in June 2014, so this will be our last chance to order for awhile.

For more information on how I prep and prepare our chicken, check out this post.   You can also follow my Zaycon Foods Chicken Pinterest board.

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Zaycon Foods has posted all their event dates, times and locations for the upcoming boneless, skinless chicken event!  You will be able to place an order for 40 pounds of fresh chicken for just $1.89/lb.  I can imagine these will probably sell out, so I would place your order as soon as possible.

$1.89 per pound is a little bit higher than we have seen in the past, but it is still a fantastic price for great quality chicken.  There hasn’t been a really amazing sale on chicken in our area for awhile, so we’ve been on the lookout for this Zaycon sale!

There are events all across the country, with specific pick-up dates and locations listed.  For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

If 40 pounds of chicken sounds like way too much for your family, consider splitting with a friend (or two).  My friend Sarah and I have split several times and it is super easy.  I have to tell you though, our family has purchased a whole box for us the last few times and we go through it lightning quick.  I’m ordering two boxes this time!

I generally just trim and freeze most of the breasts uncooked, but if I have time, I also throw some in the oven and/or the crockpot to bake.  I just do a basic seasoning and then shred when it’s done cooking. This gives us some great, easy, pre-cooked protein to throw in dishes, on top of salads or just eat for a snack.

We have 4 super local events (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Benton City), all with the delivery date of Monday February 3rd, but there are several other events all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho and all over the country.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

For more information on how I prep and prepare our chicken, check out this post.   You can also follow my Zaycon Foods Chicken Pinterest board.

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Zaycon Foods is back at it!  They are now offering fresh Hickory Smoked Sliced Bacon and Pork Sausage Links all over Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

You will be able to place an order for the following:

  • Hickory Smoked Bacon - Sold in 36 lb quantities at $3.49/lb (12 packages at 3 lbs each)
  • Pork Sausage Links - Sold in 20 lb cases at $2.79/lb (2 cases at 10 lbs each)

If this sounds like a lot for your family, definitely consider splitting.  Four of my friends and I split the bacon last time and it requires very little prep.  With the way these new packages of bacon are divided, you could easily split with 3, 4 or even 6 friends.  The sausage is easily split between two families.

This bacon is AMAZING.  The flavor is fantastic, it is perfectly thick and cooks up really well.  Although we don’t eat it all the time, I love to have it on hand to flavor a dish without making meat the star of the meal or to cook up and add to homemade pizza.  We also save all of our bacon grease to use for cooking eggs, sauteing vegetables and more.  I generally like to pay $2.99/lb or less, but for the convenience and great quality, I will totally order through Zaycon.

The last time I ordered the sausage links, I’m pretty sure they were gone in a week.  They are SO delicious and super easy to cook up ahead of time as an emergency protein.  For a good quality sausage, this price can’t be beat!

Our local pick-up date will be Tuesday October 22nd in Pasco, Kennewick or Richland.

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Just a reminder as well that you can still place an order for boneless, skinless chicken breasts priced at $1.84 per pound.  Our local pick-up date is Friday October 11th!

For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

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Zaycon Foods has posted all their event dates, times and locations for the upcoming boneless, skinless chicken event!  You will be able to place an order for 40 pounds of fresh chicken for just $1.84/lb.  I can imagine these will probably sell out, so I would place your order as soon as possible.

$1.84 per pound is a little bit higher than we have seen in the past, but it is still a fantastic price for great quality chicken.  There hasn’t been a really amazing sale on chicken in our area for awhile, so we’ve been on the lookout for this Zaycon sale!

There are events all across the country, with specific pick-up dates and locations listed.  For those not familiar with Zaycon, you just place your order in your city, show up at the posted delivery date and time and they hand you your goods.  Crazy easy.

If 40 pounds of chicken sounds like way too much for your family, consider splitting with a friend (or two).  My friend Sarah and I have split several times and it is super easy.  I have to tell you though, our family has purchased a whole box for us the last few times and we go through it lightning quick.  I’m ordering two boxes this time!

I generally just trim and freeze most of the breasts uncooked, but if I have time, I also throw some in the oven and/or the crockpot to bake.  I just do a basic seasoning and then shred when it’s done cooking. This gives us some great, easy, pre-cooked protein to throw in dishes, on top of salads or just eat for a snack.

We have 4 super local events (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Benton City), all with the delivery date of Friday October 11th, but there are several other events all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho and all over the country.

To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

For more information on how I prep and prepare our chicken, check out this post.   You can also follow my Zaycon Foods Chicken Pinterest board.

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I’m excited to tell you that Zaycon Foods is running a new super lean ground beef event.  Ordering is currently live for 93/7 super lean ground beef at just $3.49/lb.  There are TONS of locations listed all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Last I checked, this is right around the same price as Costco’s super lean ground beef.  I haven’t tried the Costco ground beef, but this Zaycon beef is excellent.  The taste is wonderful and there is very little fat.

With your ground beef order, you will receive a 40-pound box of 93/7 super lean ground beef.  The meat is raised in the United States with no antibiotics or hormones and is LFTB-free.  They use no chemicals or additives and the cows are grass-fed up to 700 pounds, then supplemented with grain (great to know!).

For more information and details, register for a free account with Zaycon Foods.  They do carry a limited quantity, so I suggest ordering right away if you are interested.

If 40 pounds of ground beef sounds like WAY too much for your family, consider splitting with a friend (or two). Your beef will come in (4) 10-pound chubs so very easy to split.  My mother-in-law and I split our ground beef last time and it definitely minimized out of pocket cost and time spent prepping.

Click here to register for an account with Zaycon Foods. To see all delivery times and place your order, click on the “My Account” tab. Delivery dates for our local area will be Saturday July 27th.

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Welcome to a Week in the Life.  Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money or time.  Or both.  The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.

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Shopping for kids clothes and gear

I’ll be perfectly honest, my kids’ grandparents buy them more clothes than they possibly need, so clothes shopping isn’t high on my list.  What I do is go through their clothes every season and note some of the more important pieces we need, like snow boots, swim trunks, heavy jackets and shoes.

Twice a year, we attend the Columbia Community Church children’s consignment sale in Richland and I “try” to stick to the items we really need.  Going in with a focused list helps us narrow down our purchases and we find items at far, far below retail price.  We were out of town for this last sale, but I was able to send my friend Sarah with a short list and she scored for us.  She picked up a pair of Gymboree swim trunks and a pair of Skechers sneakers for just $9 total!  Because we were intentional about our purchases and bought before we truly were desperate for them, we saved a ton of money.  This would also work for yard sales, thrift stores and more.

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Saving on dryer sheets

I have been wanting to try making my own fabric softener for quite some time now, so when we ran out of dryer sheets, I decided to get the party started.  Since I randomly had a bottle of fabric softener in the laundry room (this never happens!), I decided to start there.  I soaked a washcloth in fabric softener and let it dry completely.  Once it was dry, I threw it in with a load of clothes to dry.  When I fold a load of laundry, I just pluck out the washcloth and toss it back in the dryer for the next load.  With each full soak, I am able to get anywhere from 12-15 full loads.  Honestly, this has worked far better at removing static than a traditional dryer sheet!

Since I don’t generally buy fabric softener, next step is to make my own using vinegar and hair conditioner.  Has anyone tried it?

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What to do with 40 pounds of chicken?

Our Zaycon Foods chicken order was available to pick up recently while we were in Las Vegas.  Again, Sarah to the rescue!  She picked up my chicken along with hers and hung on to it for me until we got back.  Because the first thing everyone wants to do when they get back from Vegas is process 40 pounds of chicken.

Honestly, it was pretty quick this time around.  I threw about five pounds in the crock pot with two cans of organic diced tomatoes and cooked on low for about 4 hours (longer if you have an older crock).  Once it was done, I shredded the chicken and froze with the juices to keep on hand for emergency protein.  I also baked about four pounds with some spicy steak seasoning (350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes).  I kept this in the fridge for salads, easy lunches and snacks.

With the rest of the chicken, I just trimmed the fat, separated the breasts and froze 3 to one gallon Ziploc bag.  The whole process only took me about an hour and we now have a freezer full of chicken that we bought at an amazing price.

If you aren’t familiar with Zaycon Foods, they have wonderful events throughout the year where they sell chicken, ground beef, sausage and more in large quantities at awesome prices.  Sign up for a free account so you can be notified of upcoming events.  If you did order and are looking for ideas on how to prepare your chicken, check out my Pinterest board for inspiration.

Extremely Important Questions

Have you ever made your own fabric softener?  What did you think?

Did you order Zaycon chicken this time around?  How do you process it?  Do you prefer to cook and prepare it all before freezing?

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Just a quick reminder that you can still place your order with Zaycon Foods for boneless skinless chicken breasts at $1.79/lb.  I’m going back and forth about ordering a second box, as they mentioned they won’t be back with chicken until the Fall.  It would be nice to get it all done and in the freezer in one fell swoop.

There are events all over Washington and several other parts of the country.

Our local events in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick all have a delivery date of April 11th and 12th.  Orders must be placed before the delivery dates, although they have sold out in the past.

Read my post here for more information.  To find your exact location, date and time, register or log in to your account here and click on “View My Account”.

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A Week in the Life: Day Two (stretching a meal and make-ahead snacks)

February 19, 2013

Welcome to Day Two of my new mini-series: A Week in the Life. Each day I will give you a brief rundown of how I spend my time related to saving money. This could be grocery shopping, banking, using our time efficiently and effectively, stocking the freezer and so much more. I want to give […]

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Amazon: Healthy Eating Cookbooks just $2.99 or FREE for Prime members

February 19, 2013

Amazon has a few healthy cooking eBooks available right now that are less than $3 each or FREE to borrow for Prime members. Paleo Slow Cooker Cookbook: $2.99 or free for Prime Members Organic Food: Eating Organic on a Budget $2.99 or free for Prime Members Freezer Meals: Delicious & Easy Make-Ahead Meals: $2.99 or free […]

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{Reminder} Boneless skinless chicken breast from Zaycon Foods just $1.79/lb (available nationwide)

February 9, 2013

Just a quick reminder that you can still place your order with Zaycon Foods for boneless skinless chicken breasts at $1.79/lb. There are events all over Washington and several other parts of the country. Our local events in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick all have a delivery date of April 11th and 12th.  Orders must be […]

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Zaycon Foods: Super lean ground beef event now live ($3.29/lb)

November 1, 2012

I’m excited to tell you that Zaycon Foods is running a new super lean ground beef event.  Ordering is currently live for 93/7 super lean ground beef at just $3.29/lb.  There are TONS of locations listed all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Last I checked, this is right around the same price as Costco’s super […]

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Last few days to order $1.69/lb chicken from Zaycon Foods

October 3, 2012

Just a quick reminder that you only have a few days left to place your order with Zaycon Foods for boneless skinless chicken breasts at $1.69/lb. There are events all over Washington and several other parts of the country. Our local events in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick all have a delivery date of Wednesday October […]

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Freezer Cooking: Amazing and Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes & Waffles

August 29, 2012

Recently, I (Emilie) attempted to do a full freezer cooking day.  I didn’t blog about it because honestly, I thought it was going to turn out terribly and I should get one under my belt before I added the extra stress of posting pictures and recipes.  I’m happy to report that it wasn’t a total […]

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My quick & dirty Zaycon Foods freezer cooking plan

April 18, 2012

While I know that several of you will be picking up your Zaycon Foods chicken here in a few days, I still have plenty in my freezer.  I thought I would mock up a quick and VERY basic freezer cooking plan for you and put it into action myself. This will by no means use […]

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Zaycon Foods: Super lean ground beef event now live ($2.99/lb)

January 26, 2012

I’m excited to tell you that Zaycon Foods is running a new super lean ground beef event.  Ordering is currently live for 93/7 super lean ground beef at just $2.99/lb.  The following locations were listed in the email I received: Spokane (North, South and the Valley) Airway Heights Ritzville Moses Lake Wenatchee Ellensburg Yakima Zillah […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Friendly Meals just $2 + 100% of proceeds go to local food banks (Portland, Tri-Cities, Pierce County, Salem)

January 26, 2012

Did you order your 40 pounds of chicken from Zaycon Foods? Angela and Kate of Frugal Living NW have created a fantastic eBook titled “The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Friendly Meals”, a re-launch of their original eBook “40 Simple Ways to Prepare 40 Pounds of Chicken”.  This is an amazing resource!  They have written very […]

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