How to buy bulk meat without a Costco membership

At a Costco, many shoppers head straight for the meat and produce aisles.

Instead of going to a warehouse store, thousands of home cooks are buying meat through a direct-to-consumer company called Zaycon Fresh, which is based in Washington state but has more than a dozen pick-up sites in Central Texas. Contributed by Zaycon Fresh

That’s where you’ll find mega packs of ground beef, chicken breasts, fish, sausages and pork chops that cost less per pound than what you typically find at regular grocery store.

Buying large quantities of meat can save you money, but you usually have to use the freezer to take advantage of the savings. That’s why a direct-to-consumer company based in Washington called Zaycon skips the middle man and sells large quantities of already frozen meat — we’re talking 40 pounds here — at more than 1,200 pick-up sites around the country. A few of the products, including the chicken breasts, are sold fresh/not frozen.

(Protip: You can order from Costco without a membership through Instacart, but there is a mark-up on the products you buy.)

Zaycon Fresh sells bulk meat, including beef. Contributed by Zaycon.

Zaycon, which was founded in 2009, has several large pick-up days planned for the Austin area. The company offers more than a dozen pick-up locations around Central Texas, and some of the sites have fewer options than the others.

Here’s the upcoming schedule and examples of what they are selling each visit. You can find out more info and place an order at

Monday, February 12: Hickory Smoked Bacon, Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Fillets, Wild Argentine Red Shrimp, Pork Sausage Links
Saturday, March 3: Ground Turkey, Pork Tenderloins, Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, Sweet Italian Sausages
Saturday, March 24: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
Thursday, April 12: Ground Beef, Applewood Smoked Ham
Wednesday, May 2: Chicken Tenderloins, USDA Choice Chuck Roast, Kansas City Strip Steaks, Pulled Pork
Friday, May 25: Wild Alaskan Cod Fillets, Hickory Smoked Bacon

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and

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