It was purchased too soon.
Maybe it was on sale: An offer that couldn't be refused.
Or, perhaps, it looked so good that it just couldn't be passed over.
Fresh meat. Grade A. Thick cut.
So, you brought it home before you were ready.
And, while it was still cool (having been kept in the refrigerator), as the days passed, you knew that it was only a matter of time before it spoiled.
So, you put me on ice.