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...to not have eaten this pink chicken

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Smeagoblin Sat 16-Dec-17 23:26:40

I know I'm not being unreasonable really here, and nobody has told me that I am, but I'd love a sense-check as to what other people think.

I am emetophobic and, as a result, I have some issues with food. The phobia has got worse since having children and now, if I'm eating out (regardless of whether or not there are kids present) I just won't order certain things, e.g. chicken. Ironic, as chicken is a real favourite of mine.

I am having CBT and have targets set each week. This week, a target was to eat chicken as part of a meal out (the therapist knew I was eating out tonight).

So I ordered a chicken wings starter. When they arrived, I cut into them and they were bloody near the bone, like the pic attached.

I sent them back. The waitress and supervisor, who were very nice about it, said it was sous vide chicken and sometimes that came out bloody near the bone but was perfectly safe.

I should add that this is a very highly thought of place (food hygiene rating: 5; stellar TripAdvisor reviews; we go there a lot). But I just couldn't get my head round eating pink chicken. They were fine about this and understood completely but I did feel like I'd failed in terms of my therapy goals.

When I got home I googled sous vide chicken and apparently it is totally normal for it to be pink like that. The pic attached is from an article written by a scientist explaining why it's still safe. But it looks all wrong to me.

So was I being unreasonable not to have eaten it? Would you have?

Lazyginger Sat 16-Dec-17 23:28:49

No way I'm eating that chicken! Sous vide it comes out pink what a load of rot. fconfused

purplepixy Sat 16-Dec-17 23:29:55

No way would I have eaten that either!

pandarific Sat 16-Dec-17 23:29:59

I would have thought the same but would have done after being explained about sous vide I expect.

However, given you have a phobia and presumably had to work yourself up even to attempt eating ordinary chicken, YANBU. Don't be too hard on yourself, it's a big ask! Try again tomorrow with something more standard.

WishingOnABar Sat 16-Dec-17 23:30:53

That picture made me feel queasy. I couldnt eat that even if they told me it was safe

TyneTeas Sat 16-Dec-17 23:31:14

I wouldn't have eaten that

PumpkinSquash Sat 16-Dec-17 23:31:54

I eat absolutely anything, but even I would feel iffy at the thought of eating that chicken!
Chicken is one of the things that isn't supposed to be pink in any way. That's positively bloody and red from the picture! Steak, yes. Can be pink and bloody. Chicken, no!

doodlejump1980 Sat 16-Dec-17 23:32:41

Fuck that. There's enough bugs going round at the moment without adding food poisoning to the mix! Boke.

rcit Sat 16-Dec-17 23:33:56

No way would I have eaten that. You haven't failed your therapy goals.

ShowMePotatoSalad Sat 16-Dec-17 23:34:37

Fuck me that looks really undercooked. Sous vide wouldn't result in blood remaining around the bone would it? Aren't the juices supposed to run clear?

There's no way I would have eaten that.

goose1964 Sat 16-Dec-17 23:34:55

If the pinkish right by and on the bone, there's no problem it just means that the chicken was previously frozen.I f the juices are pink the it's undercooked and should be sent back. It's hard to tell from your photo which this was

Cakescakescakes Sat 16-Dec-17 23:35:28

I would not have eaten that in a million years. And I eat anything at all and am not remotely squeamish.

3boys3dogshelp Sat 16-Dec-17 23:35:52

Not a chance I would have eaten that! Don’t beat yourself up OP, we are all told not to eat pink chicken so you were definitely not U to decline bloody chicken wings. This is not a failure, just an unexpected blip!
I agree with PP, try again tomorrow with chicken breast somewhere else.

Itchytights Sat 16-Dec-17 23:36:10

I’m emetephobic too op.

Absolutely 100% no way would I have eaten that chicken. Sous vide or not.

Hope CBT continues to go well- sounds like you are doing really great. smile

Glumglowworm Sat 16-Dec-17 23:36:52

That’s how you spell sous vide! I’ve only heard it on Masterchef type programs never seen it written

Anyway... yanbu I wouldn’t have eaten it either

Well done for facing your fears! Its such a horrible phobia, you’re doing great

Ollivander84 Sat 16-Dec-17 23:38:44

Nope. I would have eaten it if there was a trace of pink right by the bone but like that photo? No. And I eat out of date stuff, rare burgers etc without thinking and am immunosuppressed

Singlebutmarried Sat 16-Dec-17 23:40:39

Screw that. We sous vide chicken and it doesn’t look like that.

PurplePillowCase Sat 16-Dec-17 23:41:27

I wouldn't have eaten it either.
looks totally wrong to me.

PumpkinSquash Sat 16-Dec-17 23:42:44

If the pinkish right by and on the bone, there's no problem it just means that the chicken was previously frozen.

If you're an emetophobic, how is eating that going to do you any favours in regards to getting better?! I eat meat, suffer from nothing like that and happily mop the stuff up.
When it comes to chicken, we're told to make sure none of it is pink. That most definitely is! Would definitely not even chance it.
This coming from someone who tries anything once.

MajesticWhine Sat 16-Dec-17 23:43:11

Is that a picture of your meal. Or a general picture you found that you think is similar.

EasterRobin Sat 16-Dec-17 23:43:21

Nooooo. Not eating that. You were meant to eat regular chicken, not weird pink chicken, so you've not failed.

BurnThisDiscoDown Sat 16-Dec-17 23:43:51

I was really sick once after eating undercooked chicken (pink near the bones). I wouldn't have risked that, it looks bloody from the picture, that isn't right, surely?

BulletFox Sat 16-Dec-17 23:45:07

YANBU, looks rank

MajesticWhine Sat 16-Dec-17 23:45:46

If you're an emetophobic, how is eating that going to do you any favours in regards to getting better?

The idea of emetophobia treatment is to realise that you can't control whether you will be sick or not

MajesticWhine Sat 16-Dec-17 23:46:08

Sorry that was meant to be a quote

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