Today, my wife defrosted two chickens that I was saving. I told her, if you want to defrost them, just defrost one. Then, I can save the other for a special occasion. She didn’t comply, and defrosted both. These chickens are only on sale once per year, usually in January. The next time I can get then is 2012.
Would you fight over this? Should I? Why or why not?
Not to downplay the fact that your wishes were dismissed by someone you love and hope for consideration from, but if you have to **decide **to fight over it, it’s not the principle you’re enjoying but the fight. I’d be frustrated if my husband did something similar, but since it will benefit you both ultimately (or is she eating both chickens herself?) I’d ask for better consideration in the future.
You can get more chickens, maybe not at the price you paid or that quality, but it’s much harder to get peace back once you decide to fight.
See, and this is coming for our resident epicurean sensualist, who’d have stuffed those chickens w/ a bourbon-soaked squab and wrapped the whole lot in dill and palm fronds before smoking it over a hickory fire till dusk. Even he’s saying they’re just chickens.
Even if they are the best chickens in the world, they will only last for about three months before the texture is irreparably damaged. The freezer is not some stasis machine that keeps food perfect indefinitely, especially not meat protein.
Cite: America’s Test Kitchen and my personal experience defrosting thighs I found at the bottom of the chest freezer.
I mean, unless these are rare-breed chickens that really are only available once a decade or something - in which case, I’d grumble a bit, then cook the additional chicken into a pie filling that could then be refrozen for use when the guests arrive.
That’s why I can’t help wondering if this is one of those questions where it isn’t really about chickens, and turns out to be one where most people would emotively answer differently if they knew the real scenario. But that seems increasingly unlikely.
Even if the situation is the chicken, this isn’t about the chicken. It’s about one spouse potentially ignoring, or at worst, willfully going against the request of the other spouse. But we need a lot more information than what we got in the OP to make any real sense of the situation.
Fight? You mean like a caged MMA deathmatch? Probably not. Probably wouldn’t even argue. But I might have a calm discussion, starting with “why did you defrost both of those when I asked you to defrost just one,” and then see where things went from there.
It sounds like you haven’t done this yet, otherwise I expect you’d have shared that info with us. It seems odd that you’d ask the interwebs whether you should fight over this, instead of just asking your wife why she did what she did. Was she extra-hungry? Did she think maybe you’d want to eat one afterall if she defrosted it for you? Did she forget? Does she have trouble counting to two? Maybe she screwed up somehow, and will apologize profusely when it’s brought to her attention. Or maybe she’s a vindictive harpy:
You’ll never, ever know unless you, ya know, talk to your wife.