Reddit users have defended a man who refuses to buy Wagyu beef for his in-laws – people who only eat well-done steak.
“AITA for buying lower quality steaks when my in-laws visit and serve me [own] Wagyu mom and dad?” asked a Reddit user named “Late-Enthusiasm3751” in a post on the “Am I The A—–e” subreddit on Thursday, March 2.
The man explained that he and his wife live away from both parents. They visit with them a few times a year.
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While Late-Enthusiasm3751 said his wife’s parents are “wonderful people,” he said they’re also very different from his own parents in one big way: their food preferences.
“My mom and dad love food,” wrote Late-Enthusiasm3751. “They’ll buy pounds of garlic and leave it in a rice cooker for a month to make black garlic. They plan their vacations around amazing restaurants.”
On the other hand, the man said that his wife’s parents have a less refined palate.
“Boiling chicken drumsticks is fancy for them,” he wrote. “And they refuse to eat steak that isn’t well done.”
The man learned this when he visited their home for dinner and was given a well-done steak without being asked if that was his preference, he said.
On one occasion, the man said he bought a “beautiful prime steak” for his wife’s parents when they visited.
“It took me years to get my wife to try a medium rare steak,” he wrote. “Now he loves them.”
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On one occasion, he said he bought “a beautiful prime steak” for his wife’s parents when they visited.
Despite his hesitations, he “did theirs moderately well.”
“Her dad took it back to the grill and destroyed them,” she said. “So now I’m buying select category [uniform in quality] meat.”
Instead, Late-Enthusiasm3751 said he buys “excellent quality Wagyu” about once a year when his parents visit.
The expensive steaks, however, have caused conflict between Late-Enthusiasm3751 and his wife, he said.
“My wife says I’m a——- for not treating both families the same,” he wrote. “I don’t think I should waste money on fancy food for them when I know how they’ll deal with it.”
Fox News Digital has reached out to an etiquette expert for comment on this situation.
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In the AITA subreddit, people on Reddit can reply to posts and point out that the poster is “NTA” (“Not the A—–e”), “YTA” (“You’re the A— –e” “), “NAH” (“No A—–e Here”) or “ESH” (“Everybody Sucks Here”).
Users can “nominate” answers they think are useful and “burn” those that aren’t.
The majority of Redditors who responded to the post sided with Late-Enthusiasm3751 on this one, agreeing that it would be a waste of money for him to cook Wagyu beef.
“I might get upvoted, but I honestly don’t see the point in paying for a very expensive steak for someone who wants to serve it as a holocaust,” wrote Reddit user “OverRice2524” in the upvoted answer.
“Surely they won’t tell the difference. NTA,” this user added.
Wagyu beef is Japanese-style beef, according to the Furious Grill website.
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Of the four main breeds of Wagyu cattle – Japanese Brown, Japanese Black, Japanese Polled and Japanese Shorthorn – Japanese Black is “prized for its intense marbling” and is the most commonly used beef, the same source said.
Wagyu beef is more expensive than other types of beef due to the “selection, care, feeding and obsessive efforts of Wagyu breeders” to ensure a tender steak.
“They can create special feeds from grasses, forage, rice straw, corn, barley, soybeans, wheat bran, and sometimes even beer or sake,” the website said, adding that “some ranchers massaged their cattle to release the muscle tension. ”
Due to the aforementioned marbling fat content, Furious Grill said it is not recommended to cook Wagyu beef over medium. “Anything past that results in a dry, less flavorful steak.”
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Another upvoted Reddit comment suggested that Late-Enthusiasm3751 find a different item to keep him entertained during his in-laws’ visits.
“[Try] drinks, desserts, or even an experience that would be meaningful to them (and most importantly, make your wife feel heard, validated, and that her family is important to you),” wrote Reddit user “catsndogspls” .
Reddit user “KindCompetence” had a slightly different take on the post, saying that no one was really at fault in this situation.
“Stop having steak with your in-laws. You can’t feed them Waygu (and I understand why) but your wife can’t take you being a meat snob and giving her parents meat [that] you know it’s lower quality on purpose,” this Reddit user wrote.
“He’s right, it’s disrespectful to serve food you find offensive,” the person added.
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Instead, KindCompetence suggested that the original Reddit poster understand that “steak is not father-in-law” — and “find one you can make with ingredients you respect and will enjoy.”
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“You’re just an AX if you demand that someone win the steak race, instead of devoting all that energy to finding another exhibition meal, you can enjoy each other’s company,” KindCompetence said.