Well, two. But that's one more than party of six, three of whom are small eaters, needs. Our original goose, shipping from Heritage Foods, ran into some delays with FedEx, so Heritage Foods is shipping us a second one, to arrive tomorrow (no. 1 goose, set to arrive last Friday, came today, Monday).
Questions of cooking aside, I am going to have two geese and that is a lot of fowl. No. 1 goose was cold in his box when he arrived just now, although one doesn't know how warm he got this past weekend. FedEx claims to have "preserved the cold chain" but who knows. He's in a cooler full of ice outside now (Cambridge, MA, it's 36 degrees).
Is there anything salvageable from no. 1 goose? Must I really toss him? Seems a terrible waste. Of course, if no. 2 goose gets hung up in transit, then, well, I guess our goose is cooked.
I would be remiss in not highlighting what fantastic customer service this is from Heritage Foods. As soon as they knew of the delay, they were on it, and keeping us informed. Sending a replacement item, two days before Christmas, unasked, is pretty amazing.
But I still welcome ideas for how to manage this questionable abundance!