This post is only applicable for those who live in the 48 continental United States.
In this economy I am sure your answer is "Too much!" I have just tried a new alternative to those high prices. It is called Zaycon Foods. I was really impressed so I thought I would tell you about it.
The idea behind Zaycon Foods is that you order meat over the Internet and the company deliveries FRESH (never frozen) meat to a local pick up point in your area (usually a church). You meet the truck in the church parking lot and pick up your order. This idea isn't for everyone. There is a minimum order so you must be prepared to buy in bulk. However, if you don't want to buy in bulk, you can always split your order with some friends. It is a great way to get fresh meat at a very good price.
The order process is very easy. You start by signing up to receive emails from the company. When they have a delivery scheduled for your area, you will get an email. Usually, you have about a week to order if you are interested in purchasing. If you're not interested, you are under no obligation to purchase. By signing up, you simply gain access to emails notifying you when they will be in your area and what they will have available.
Let me take a moment to state here that I am not affiliated with the company in any way. I signed up to receive emails on purchases that would be available in my area based on a friend's recommendation. I have been receiving emails since mid-May but never purchased anything until now. I don't receive any compensation or discounts for mentioning the company.
About two weeks ago I received an email that they were offering boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.77 a pound. They were also offering ground beef but I didn't care to purchase any beef. A few phone calls to some friends to see if they were interested and I decided to go in with someone else on an order. The minimum order was 40 lbs. We each agreed to take 20 lbs. The truck was going to be in my area on Saturday, July 28th between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
We were going to a luncheon together that day and decided we would leave the luncheon and drive directly to the pickup point, get the chicken, then go home. Well, we were having such a good time we forgot about the chicken and it was 4:15 before we arrived at the pickup point! We were very lucky that the truck was still there.
We showed our receipt (you pay for it in advance and they email you a receipt), and they put our order in the back of the car. Then the driver said that there were a few extra cases of chicken and he asked us if we wanted them. He said we could have them for half price! We said yes and took two extra! All it took was a few additional phone calls to see if anyone else we knew was interested in purchasing the chicken. (I took an additional 20 lbs.) Since the two additional cases were half price, it dropped the total cost for the chicken for each of us to $1.40 a pound. You can't even find that price at Costco or Sam's Club!
When I got home I divided up the chicken into individual bags and was surprised at how big they were. Some of them weighted almost 2 lbs. I put half the bags in the refrigerator to can later and the other half went into the freezer. Here is a picture of the ones I canned.
Overall, the purchase experience from Zaycon was a good one. Next time they come to my area, I expect to purchase some ground beef. They also offer seafood and other items like fruit. If you click on the link above, you can read about the locations they deliver to and all the items they deliver. If you think you might be interested in this idea, sign up to receive the emails. You are not obligated to order anything!
Although I have not eaten any of the chicken yet, I have been told by people I trust that the meat is excellent quality and tastes delicious. In this economy, it pays to save as much money as you can on quality food for your family!