Surf n Turf Burgers

Nothing says “burger” like Zaycon Fresh 93/7 Lean Ground Beef rubbed with secret spices and grilled to perfection. Topped with garlic herb cheddar, honey habanero mayo, grilled onions, and shrimp, these Surf n Turf Burgers deliver tons of flavor in every bite. Check out this amazing recipe by

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Why we like this burger:

  • Fresh
  • Cheesy
  • Juicy
  • Easy to prepar
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Eggs! Eggs it is my Precious.

Too far?

It’s Spring! It’s Easter! Re-birth time, so I got to looking at eggs and realized that eggs are such a daily staple in our lives, it’s easy to overlook their beauty. Such a simple and such a wondrous thing. Beautiful no?DSC_5606

“A box without hinges, key or lid

Yet golden treasure inside is hid”

………Bilbo Baggins

“Wishing you the happiest Easter from Zaycon Foods!” ~ Matt Hinckley, CSO

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Paleo Ham, Egg and Cauliflower Egg Muffins

Here’s a fantastic recipe for Paleo Ham, Egg and Cauliflower Egg Muffins! See more photos and the whole recipe at  – A healthy protein packed portable breakfast that is ready in under 30 mins!

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#ZayconLive Recipe: Italian Meatballs

Thank you for stopping by! Just a reminder, you can win $1,500 of Zaycon Foods products, a new freezer and a Chicken Soup for the Soul gift pack:

See a recorded version of #ZayconLive here: Below you’ll find the recipe and photos from our very own CSO, Matt Hinckley. Every time I think of meatballs, I am reminded of the scene in Lady and the Tramp where they are sharing a meatball and spaghetti dinner. It makes the meal so romantic and the meatball wasn’t just meatball, it became a sign of affection. Anyway, I didn’t grow up eating meatballs. My mom didn’t have time for that, she had an army of 6 kids to feed! It was ground beef in red sauce. I grew up thinking meatballs were hard to make. I know now that they are easy, makes a ton and are great for freezing. Zaycon Foods- meatlballs And so, without further ado, I give the easiest meatball recipe from our awesome in-house food man, Matt H: Meatballs are a great thing to keep in the fridge. Super versatile, fast, easy and well, dern it, people like them. What I don’t like is the list of ingredients on store bought meatballs. When I was at the market, the package listed no fewer than 21 ingredients. 21! These have 8 including Salt & Pepper AND they are 93/7 Zaycon Ground Beef, but the best part is that YOU decide what goes into them for your family. Zaycon Foods-meatballsIngredients: – 2 lbs of 93/7 Zaycon Ground Beef – 2 Eggs – 3/4 cup Breadcrumbs – 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning – 1 teaspoon Garlic powder -1 teaspoon Onion powder – 1 teaspoon Salt – 1/2 teaspoon Pepper Zaycon Foods- meatballsZaycon Foods- meatballs Zaycon Foods- meatballsYour hands are your best tool, so scrub them up and get all up in it. Mix all the ingredients until smooth consistency.Zaycon Foods- meatballs Zaycon Foods- meatballsI used a medium sized portion scoop then smoothed them into balls, then onto a baking sheet lined with parchment for easy cleanup with a cooling rack on top. Zaycon foods-meatballsZaycon foods-meatballsZaycon foods-meatballsBake in a 375 oven until done about 20 minutes. If you’re going to make a large quantity, allow them to cool, then freeze in a single layer on a sheet, then after they are frozen, put into large freezer bags. Zaycon Foods-meatballsTIP! If you’re wanting to stretch your ground beef and nobody in the family is sensitive to soy products, you can extend the beef by adding textured soy product, available in either the bulk section or health food section of your market. I think next time I get a case, I’ll turn one full 10 pound chub into meatballs. They freeze great and are ready in seconds. Zaycon Foods-meatballs Matt H. You can head over to the Zaycon Foods website for information on our ground beef and many of our other beef products!

Recipe: lemon strawberry rolls

With Valentines Day just a few days away, I wanted to post something fun and easy that would be perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast with the ones you love….ah, how sweet. Zaycon Foods-lemon strawberry rolls

These rolls can be made with frozen bread dough, which cuts down quite a bit of the time. I use my moms all-use bread recipe, and I’ll be sharing that with you here as well! In fact, you can be a super cheat and use store bought lemon curd too, I won’t tell.Zaycon FoodsMama’s bread recipe:

2 Tablespoons yeast

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 cups hot water

let sit for 5-10 minutes to get the yeast activated

Add 5 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt. If super sticky, add up to 1 more cup of flour. knead in mixer for 5 minutes.

Let set for 30 minutes.

Lemon Curd:  (This is a lot easier to do that you think)

3/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

Zest of 1 lemon, good fun for the kids. My kids love to use fun kitchen tools.

1 cube cold butter, cut it up so it melts faster

3 egg yolks

You are going to need a double boiler, you can make one with a saucepan and a metal mixing bowl if you don’t have one. Bring water to a boil in the saucepan, you don’t want it to touch the bottom of the metal bowl, so be sure not to fill it too high. Once its to a boil, turn down the heat and put the metal bowl on top and add to it:

sugar, lemon juice and zest and egg yolks, mix together. You need to whisk the entire time its on the heat. It will start to thicken and stick to your spoon, take off the heat and add your butter a pad at a time until melted. cover and let cool until you are ready to use it.

Putting it together:

Roll out your dough to fit an 11×17 sheet. I like to bake on parchment or a silicone baking mat. You need to spread your lemon curd out across the dough and sprinkle with diced strawberries. Roll the dough like your making cinnamon rolls. This is going to get really messy, cut 1 1/2 inch sections off your dough log. I use dental floss. Its really easy and cuts fast. This size should cut about 12-15 rolls per log.

Bake 350 degrees for 22 minutes.


I like to make a super simple sugar glaze with powdered sugar, a little milk and melted butter. I eyeball this part. I melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add about a tablespoon of milk to about 1/2-3/4 powdered sugar. If its too thin, I add more sugar, too thick, add milk. I drizzle this on the rolls while they are still hot.

Zaycon FoodsThese are not too sweet or too lemony and a nice change from chocolate, and I am a HUGE fan of chocolate. I think it would be fun to play around with different flavors. Maybe try a peach curd with raspberries or how about orange curd with a honey drizzle.

Recipe: Pasta Carbonara

DSC_19898 to 10 slices of Zaycon bacon, cut into pieces
1 box good spaghetti, cooked al dente
2-4 teaspoons of minced garlic
4 of the freshest eggs you can get your hands on, beaten
Freshly cracked black pepper
coarse salt (Kosher will work fine) for pasta water
A smallish wedge of parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese finely grated (make sure you grate your own, otherwise you get that powdery coating on it and it fouls this recipe up) maybe 6 ounces?

In a sauté pan, put the cut up bacon and a little water, (1/3 to 1/2c) cook until the water evaporates and the bacon begins to sizzle. You want the bacon to be brown and cooked and slightly sizzley, but not crispy – that’s what the water is for – it makes it tender. Add the minced garlic and find a place to sit down, because your pan contents will make you weak in the knees. Cook until you just can’t stand it anymore and you completely forget this is hot bacon and then I burnt my fingertips snatching a piece. There won’t be enough fat to remove – this is Zaycon Bacon we’re talking here. Set aside your bacon mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, cheese & pepper

Cook the pasta in salted water while the bacon is cooling. This is why I said go with 8-10 slices because you will lose bacon. It’s going to happen, so make peace with it.

When you strain your pasta, reserve about a cup of the pasta water and slowly whisk about half into the egg mixture. In goes the bacon/garlic followed by the hot pasta. Toss until everything gets nicely coated and the sauce thickens.

This is EXACTLY how I cooked the pasta in the picture and I’m here to tell you, the second I was done taking the picture, I scarfed that.

Matt H.

Keepin It Fresh: Sweepstakes

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