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A couple of months back, I took advantage of an amazing promotion that Zaycon Fresh was running where I got 40 pounds of fresh chicken breast for only .99/lb.
Well, this past week was my pick up date and along with help from my mom we processed and froze all 40 lbs of it in only a couple of hours. Since this was my first time using Zaycon and I know some of you are probably interested in how it all works, I thought I would share my experience and show you what I did with all of my chicken.
First of all, if you aren’t familiar with Zaycon Fresh, they sell fresh meat in bulk directly from farm-to-customer. You simply search for a delivery in your area and sign up for whichever meats you need. Then on the delivery date you show up and they load the meat into your car.
I was a little skeptical going to pick up my meat because I didn’t know what to expect, but I was there for literally 60 seconds. I showed up at my delivery location, got in line, then when it was my turn the delivery driver asked for my last name and loaded the 40 pound box of chicken into the back of my car. It really couldn’t have been easier. The hard part was dealing with all of that fresh chicken once I got home, but with the help of my mom it really wasn’t that bad.
Once I got home I opened my box and found the chicken double vacuum sealed and separated into four 10 pound bags. I immediately opened one of the bags, trimmed several breasts and loaded them into my Instant Pot to cook and make shredded chicken for the freezer.
I hadn’t ever cooked that much meat in my pressure cooker at once before so I had to guess on the time. I had around 6 lbs of chicken breast cut up and 2 cups of water that I cooked on the poultry setting for 15 minutes. It seemed to work perfectly.
Anyway, while my Instant Pot was doing its magic, my mom and I started processing the rest of the meat. We kept the extra bags of meat in a cooler with ice as we worked.
I froze some of the breasts in a honey lime and garlic marinade, but the rest of the meat we cut into strips or thin breasts and vacuum sealed them for the freezer. I’ve actually had my vacuum sealer for two years and this was my first time using it. It’s pretty cool and made the process really fast and easy, plus it will keep in the freezer for 2-3 years vacuum sealed versus only 6 months in a freezer bag.
After that my shredded chicken was done so I drained the broth, let it cool and froze it.
All together it only took about 2 hours to process everything and now we have fresh chicken ready to go in the freezer for quite awhile and I got it for an AMAZING price. I’m pretty happy. Click here to check out Zaycon Fresh and see if they deliver in your area.