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One of the things I learned from my mom was how to be frugal with the grocery budget. Feeding a family of 9 kids was no small task. And four of those kids were teenaged boys! My mom knew how shop smart and make food stretch. She would shop in bulk when prices were low. That way when the prices went high, she was still enjoying her low priced foods from our food storage.
Well I have taken then same approach with our meats. Goodness knows that the price of meat is higher than it’s ever been. So I learned from my mom to buy in bulk when the price is low and store it up!
Just by taking a small gander at our meal recipes, you can tell how much we love chicken! Goodness, we have so many meals with chicken. So that is one of the big dishes we buy in bulk when the price is low.
But how do you store chicken? Obviously we can’t just put it into the fridge. It won’t last. There are 2 efficient ways to store up chicken. 1. Can the chicken (which we will have that tutorial coming soon!) and 2. Freeze the chicken!
How to Freeze Chicken
We buy our chicken in bulk from Zaycon!
Zaycon Foods is on a simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. Think Bountiful Baskets, but for meat! And their deals aren’t every week. They have special events multiple times a year. Each one is listed on their site. You can get foods like Chicken Breasts, Ground Beef, Bacon, Turkey, Shrimp, Pork, and lots more. What shows up on the site is simply the events coming up. Keep checking it frequently as it rotates through products. They generally do Chicken Breasts multiple times a year. But other items are less frequent.
You sign up for a Zaycon Foods account (through my easy referral link) and then browse when the events are coming to your area. You place your purchase ahead of time (orders for meat are done in bulk. And while this may seem a bit much, your wallet will be thanking you later as you will save a lot more this way.)
Then on the day of the event, show up at the location from your order. You will see the fun Zaycon Foods delivery truck right there with super friendly and helpful guys ready to distribute the orders. You don’t even get out of the car. You tell them your name, they grab your order and they put it into your vehicle for you! In less than 5 minutes I had my double order of chicken (that is 80 lbs people!!!) and was out of there!
That is how we get a great deal on chicken. And you will see from the chicken breasts the high quality of the meat! The chicken breasts are huge! And never frozen so you are getting farm fresh chicken! All without any hormones, additives or gunk like that. And I got these chicken breasts for only $1.69/lb on a special. But sometimes I’ve seen it at $1.89/lb.
To begin to freeze chicken breasts you start first by pulling out your reliable cutting board and your slicing knife. You definitely want a slicing knife. It’s quality is designed specifically for cutting meat. It will make the process go very smoothly and the result will be very smooth sliced meat. Instead of a piece of chicken that looks like it’s been shredded or hacked with rugged edges. Just trust me, you want a slicing knife!!
Begin by slicing the chicken breast in half. So you have 2 individual breasts.
Next trim off the extra fat around the chicken breast. Also slice off any tough gristle you might happen to run into.
Next you want to pull out your Foodsaver! I have frozen chicken in regular freezer ziplock bags. And in the Foodsaver bags. Let me tell you, the Foodsaver chicken lasted much longer than anything I put in the freezer bags. Your chicken, your wallet and your dinner will thank you for using the Foodsaver! Our chicken stays fresh with zero freezer burn!
You will need to create your “bag” with the Foodsaver. Pull out the bag and slice off the size you desire. For chicken I generally go for 2 “table” strips on the side. This allows ample room for the chicken and labeling.
Then you will seal the one end. This way you have an actual bag with only one opening instead of 2.
Fill the FoodSaver bag with the trimmed chicken breasts. I usually fill one bag with enough chicken breast for a family meal. That is usually 2 large chicken breasts or 3 small-medium chicken breasts. Either way it usually comes out to close to 2 lbs of chicken in a bag. If you want you can use a kitchen scale to measure accurately.
Then place the open end of the FoodSaver bag into the machine and let it do it’s amazing work. It will suck all the air out of the bag and create a seal that will prevent any air from re-entering. And it ensures longer lasting chicken breasts. It will also protect against freezer burn.
Repeat this process until you have all of your chicken sealed into Foodsaver bags.
Now we will label each bag. You will want to label with the Contents and the Date! Also make sure you use a quality marker that won’t rub off while it sits in the freezer, like a permanent marker or a BIC Mark It marker. This way you know when your chicken breasts were processed. Make sure to always use the oldest first.
Lastly, we move all the labeled chicken breasts to the freezer! Thank goodness we got an upright Freezer last year for our anniversary! I have wanted one for a long time! I cleared a spot on the shelf and simply stacked them neatly. Newest in the back and oldest in the front to get used first.
If you have a chest freezer, I just saw the best idea, place your chicken into one of those reusable shopping bags and then place it into the chest freezer. Each type of meat gets it’s own bag. That way it makes it easier to pull stuff out when you are looking for chicken breasts, or hamburger or such that might be at the bottom. And it keeps all the like meats together so you know when you need to get more.
Now close the door and walk away. Your chicken will freeze. It will be protected from freezer burn. And it will be ready for you whenever you need it!
When frozen this way, chicken can last 2-3 years in the freezer. Talk about extending freezer life! When I froze chicken in the Freezer ziplock bags they didn’t even make it 6 months until we had frost bite! So I definitely always use my Foodsaver when I freeze meats or fruits for the freezer.
To Thaw, simply remove the chicken from the freezer. Place on a plate in the fridge over night. Or you can thaw in a sink of cold water. Never leave it on the counter.
When you take chicken that was so fresh and get it processed so quickly then when you use it it still tastes just as fresh! It’s quite fabulous! Last night we just made chicken curry out of our chicken that I froze in December 2014!! And it still tasted fresh and had a great texture to the chicken breasts!
Check out these Great Recipes to create with your chicken!
Now you know how to buy in bulk and freeze chicken breasts to save money and keep your family in budget and full of delicious dinners! Again they will store for about 2-3 years in the freezer without freezer burn with this method. That is if your chicken happens to last that long. For our big family we tend to go through chicken quickly, so I have to buy a lot of the bulk chicken and freeze it up to last us between chicken events with Zaycon.
Check out our How to Freeze Chicken Video as well for great reference!
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