Why I Purchase Chicken in Bulk

Why I Buy Chicken in Bulk at ASlobComesClean.com

Full Disclosure: Even though I’ve written about my love of purchasing chicken in bulk from Zaycon many, many times, they offered me a product from their extensive line for writing about it again. I jumped at that chance. I’m also using my own referral link so I can build up credit for my next chicken purchase. You can do the same thing by referring your own friends! Just grab your own referral link after signing up through my link to be notified of sales in your area! And, there’s an awesome chicken event starting right away with many new locations!

I was purchasing chicken in bulk long before I’d ever heard of Zaycon Foods. It just works for me. It works for my style of meal preparation. It also works for my style of budgeting.

Meat is generally the most expensive part of our meals. (And I learned fairly soon after Hubby and I got married that he wasn’t a big fan of meatless dinners.) When I was a kid, my mother passed on the tip to stock up on meat whenever I found it for less than $2 per pound. Buy enough at that price to last until the next good sale.

I find it bizarre that $2/lb is still the price I watch out for thirty years later. I almost never find any kind of beef for that price anymore, but I do find boneless, skinless chicken breasts for that price when I’m watching carefully.

When it’s on sale, I buy as much as I can afford in my budget and then divide it up to freeze for individual meals. Pre-Zaycon, I would generally buy about 10-20 pounds at a time. I also started pre-cooking some of the chicken and freezing it that way to make future meal prep go more quickly. The more success I had, the more I tried to buy at one time.

Things I love about purchasing in bulk:

  • The more I purchase at one time, the longer I can go without needing to search for sales. With Zaycon, I am usually good until their next chicken sale and my reminder for that comes through my email.
  • Even though trimming and bagging and pre-cooking a LOT of chicken at once takes a LOT of time and energy on the day I do it, it eliminates SO much time and energy out of my daily cooking routine. When I don’t have to trim chicken (or even cook it when I use my pre-cooked chicken!), I’m more willing to make dinner and I can make it very quickly with significantly less mess.
  • Getting a LOT of chicken all at once, even at a good price, can be a challenge for the budget in that moment, but it means I’m not spending money on chicken at all for a long time. Not needing to buy chicken allows me to stock up on other items when they go on sale. Then, having plenty of pasta or beans or frozen veggies already in the cabinet or freezer means I can  spend a big chunk of the budget on chicken the next time I need to make a bulk purchase. It’s the good kind of endless cycle.

Because this was already my kitchen style, I was immediately intrigued when I learned that I could get 40 lbs at a time at a good price from Zaycon.

Zaycon is increasing the number of “events” and the areas where they will happen. And they’re offering chicken for 1.69/lb, which is a GREAT price for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I have been very pleased with the quality every single time I’ve purchased. AND, while I’ll love it if you sign up as my referral, you need to refer your own friends with YOUR own referral link! Through June 30th, first time buyers will result in a $5 credit for the person who referred them! The Zaycon referral program is ALWAYS awesome since the referrer gets a $1 credit every time their referral makes a purchase (not just the first time like other programs), but this makes it extra amazing!

Don’t wait, though. I know from experience that Zaycon events do sell out. It’s also worth it to go ahead and get on their email list to be sure you are the first to know about future events in your area.

Sign up for their email list here.

If you’re confused how this all works, don’t worry! I have a ba-jillion posts that will help you understand:

How I trim and package 40 lbs of chicken at once.

How to Shred Lots Of Chicken in Seconds With No Carpal Tunnel Pain! (also includes links to recipes in which I use shredded chicken)

How to place an order through Zaycon.

How a Zaycon pickup works (This one is from when I picked up bacon, but the process is the same for chicken.)

Freezer Cooking Podcast

Do you purchase chicken or other meat in bulk?

Podcast listeners click here.

--Nony

056 Deep Cleaning the Kitchen Podcast

Podcast #56 from ASlobComesClean.com - Deep Cleaning the Kitchen (Take advantage of Spring Cleaning Energy!)

If the spring cleaning bug has bitten you, listen to this! Actually, listen to it anyway and maybe it will inspire you to tackle the kitchen!

Posts mentioned in this podcast:

Spring Cleaning for the Cleaning Impaired

Printable Cleaning Checklists

Dishwashing Strategies and Tips Podcast

Detailed Kitchen Cleaning Checklist (with free printable)

Scary Kitchen Cleaning Tool

Trying Baking Soda to Clean Kitchen Counters

Using the Self-Cleaning Feature on my Oven

 

See all my podcasts here.

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Check out my Blogcast, now available!

--Nony

Five Truths about Cleaning the Kitchen that are Still True If You Don’t Have a Dishwasher

Five Truths about Keeping the Kitchen Clean that are still true when you don't have a dishwasher at ASlobComesClean.com

Here we go.

One of those posts.

The back story:

Almost every time I post something on Facebook about running my dishwasher, or about how irritatingly important it is to empty it, or about how finally grasping the routine of running it each and every night was the game changer for my kitchen, someone bemoans the fact that she does not own a dishwasher.

I get it, y’all.

Really.

A gut reaction to a post mentioning a dishwasher being frustration that you don’t have a dishwasher is something I understand.

I’ve lived with and without dishwashers. When I didn’t have one, I was the QUEEN of believing that if I only did have one, my kitchen would be clean. I could have argued you to the floor on this subject. The sheer logic!

Yet, once I had one, my kitchen wasn’t clean. In fact, it was worse.

And I was MORE frustrated.

If you think it’s frustrating to have a messy kitchen because you don’t have a dishwasher, just know it’s sixty-seven times more frustrating to have a messy kitchen when you do have one.

It’s not about the dishwasher. It’s about the routine.

Really. It’s about washing the dishes each and every day (at whatever time makes the most sense in your home) and putting them away.

With the routine in place, a dishwasher does help. I’m not saying it doesn’t. I have a bit of an obsession with mine. But the key thing to understand is that without a routine, a dishwasher doesn’t help like you think it would.

A dishwasher doesn’t keep your kitchen clean. You do. A routine is how you do it. A dishwasher is a tool.

Whew. This is one preachy post so far, huh?

Now to the point. We spend a week at a time at my parents’ lakehouse. It’s nothing fancy, but we love it. We are incredibly grateful to have a place to go (for free!) where the kids can ride bikes, go exploring, play basketball for hours at a time, etc. Oh, and there’s a golfcart. Golfcarts make life fun.

But there is no dishwasher.

Every time we go, I think about writing this post. This time, I’m actually writing it.

Things That Are Still True About Keeping a Kitchen Clean Even Without a Dishwasher

1. Dirty dishes defy mathematical logic.

One day’s worth of dirty dishes can be washed in X amount of time.

Two day’s worth of dirty dishes require 4X time.

Three day’s worth of dirty dishes require >7X that time.

Please don’t analyze my algebraicish equations. Just get the point. The time required to clean the kitchen daily is SO MUCH LESS than if you let it go for even one extra day.

One day’s worth of dishes can generally go smoothly through the process. One day’s worth is usually ONE dishwasher load for our family, or can mean (if washed in the proper order) one dishpan of hot, soapy water.

Two days’ worth of dirty dishes means there are still dirty dishes on the counter when the dishwasher is full. Or the dishwater gets cold and disgusting before you’re anywhere near done and has to be changed multiple times.

More dirty dishes means more moving around, more adjusting, higher-and-significantly-more-precarious piles that threaten to come crashing down.

Two days’ worth of dirty dishes is significantly more visually overwhelming. This increases the risk T.P.A.D. (Time Passage Awareness Disorder) will kick in and turn it into three (or four or five) days’ worth of dirty dishes.

 2. There are sixty things I’d rather do at any given moment than clean the kitchen.

Not a lot of explanation needed. Just know that after the first week of a new dishwasher, cleaning the kitchen goes back to being the dreaded chore it always was.

3. Putting dishes away is as important as washing them.

I’ve said many times that emptying the dishwasher is (much to my chagrin) as important as running it. When I empty it first thing in the morning, there’s room to put dirty dishes in it throughout the day, which means that night, I only have to add dinner dishes and start it.

When I’m living without a dishwasher, it’s equally important to empty the dishdrainer, even if “the dishdrainer” is only a towel spread out on the counter. The dish drainer/towel/super-absorbent-dish-drying-mat-thingy (<-affiliate link) is a space designated for clean dishes to dry. When it’s empty, it’s psychologically easier to start washing the dishes because there’s nothing that has to be done FIRST.

“Before I can do this, I have to do that” is one of the most self-pitying, sigh-inducing, logical-excuse-producing phrases in my Slob Repertoire.

Another crazy thing happens when the drying spot is available. Washing one dish “real quick” actually enters my brain as something worth doing. A mostly-clear space triggers the desire to keep it mostly clear. Just like an empty sink (because the dirty dishes are already in the dishwasher) triggers the desire to take the extra 2 seconds required to open the dishwasher and place a dirty dish in it instead of dropping it in the sink.

4. One day’s worth of dishes requires less energy (and elbow grease).

After years of arguing bantering about this issue with my husband, I finally won the pre-wash war when I started this blog. Running the dishwasher nightly meant food didn’t harden/petrify onto the dishes and would usually come off in one wash.

It’s the same with handwashing. Doing dishes every night means food doesn’t get the chance to become one with the pan. Even things that need soaking can soak while the other dishes are being washed.

5. Removing the decision is key for my personality type.

As a chronic over-analyzer, I am a master at coming up with logical reasons why it makes more sense to wait until “later” to do the dishes. I’ve had to remove decisions/create non-negotiable tasks. Removing the nightly decision about whether I should do dishes removes stress. And keeps my kitchen clean.

I tried to have the same-old-same-old conversations with myself last week. I tried to reason that a few dishes weren’t worth my time.

I can’t let myself make those decisions. I just can’t. It HAS to be a routine. Wishing I had a dishwasher doesn’t get the dishes done. I have to do them.

Bonus Reason: The best kind of inspiration is the kind that passes out hope a little at a time, over and over again.

Life is easier when your kitchen is clean. I’ve always known this, but I still have to be reminded. Waking up to a clean kitchen means making breakfast/sack lunches is easy.

I can just do it. Without having to FIRST clean up (or at least shove to the side) yesterday’s mess.

This inspires me to keep going.

Doing the dishes even though we had sandwiches for dinner and there really aren’t that many lets me experience the pleasant surprise that it wasn’t as bad or miserable or time-consuming as I feared. As I always fear.

Every time, I’m surprised. Every time, I get a bubble of joy over how easy it was to clean my kitchen. Those moments of joy help me do the right thing the next time.

 

Clarifications:

I’m not saying you don’t need a dishwasher. I love mine. It makes my life easier. I consider it a worthy investment. But it’s not magic. Routines are where the magic is. If you have my e-book, 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, you know the instructions say to “do the dishes” not to “run your dishwasher” because it’s a fact. Doing the dishes (however you have to do them in your unique home) daily is THE KEY to getting an out-of-control home under control.

If you don’t have that e-book and need step-by-step instructions for getting your home under control, you should get it.

I’m not complaining about the people who complain about not having a dishwasher. We’re all at various points in this deslobification journey.

My reaction is not that of a Housekeeping Expert: Seriously, people! You have to do the dishes whether you have a dishwasher or not! Duh!!

It’s more like a Slobs Anonymous leader who nods knowingly because she’s been there and knows this person is going to have to come to terms with this reality on his/her own.

If you have a larger or smaller family, your dishwashing times might be different. Maybe you need to wash every other day or three times a day. The point is having a routine that actually works. For you. In your home.

I have a podcast on this subject, with other tips for developing your kitchen routine. Listen to it while you do the dishes.

 

 

 

 

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--Nony
--Nony

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