I love hot dogs. I love brats. As a teenager and young adult- I heard “there’s all types of animal parts in there”. Never doing the research- I just ignored that little piece in the back of my mind- while enjoying a Sonic dog…
Now- in the process of our 30 day vegan challenge and in wanting to learn as much as I can about what is going in my body– I have done a bit of research on Hot Dogs. Here is what I have learned (from a completely unbiased standpoint):
- Hotdogs are NOT made of dog (I knew that already- I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention)
- Most hot dogs are made of a combination of meat (depending what kind of hot dog you get- pork, beef, chicken or turkey), meat fat, cereal filler (bread crumbs, flour, or oatmeal), egg white, and herbs/seasonings. Then the ingredients are grinded together and stuffed into sausage casings and then pre-cooked.
- Casings used to be made out of sheep intestines (and still are in some homemade or small farm recipes)- but now most of the hot dogs sold in stores use a synthetic cellulose casings.
- Hot dogs are also called franks, frankfurter, wiener, mini sausages, ball parks and dachshunds.
- July is National Hot Dog Month
- An average American eats 60 hot dogs a year
- In 1893, hot dogs became the standard cuisine for baseball games
- Controversial debate surrounds the creation of the hot dog. Frankfurt, Germany credits itself for the origin of the first frankfurter in 1852- but some argue that Johann Georghehner, a butcher from Coburg, Germany created the first frankfurter in the 1600s.
- ‘Variety Meats’ may be used in a hotdog – which includes things like liver, kidneys and hearts – but the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that they be disclosed on the ingredient label as ‘with variety meats’ or ‘with meat by-products’.
- Also watch out for statements like ‘made with mechanically separated meats (MSM)’ which is a paste-like and batter-like meat product produced by forcing bones, with attached edible meat, under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue. Hot dogs can contain no more than 20% of mechanically separated pork, NO sparated beef (due to fear of Mad Cow), but any amount of chicken or turkey.
- An unopened, packaged hot dog can have listeriosis bacteria- so it is safer to heat them even though they are pre-cooked.
- The worlds longest hot dog created was 197 ft, which rested within a 198 ft bun. The hot dog was prepared by Shizuoka Meat Producers for the All-Japan Bread Association, which baked the bun and coordinated the event, including official measurement for the world record. The hot dog and bun were the center of a media event in celebration of the Association’s 50th anniversary on August 4, 2006, at the Akasaka Prince Hotel, Tokyo, Japan.
- The world’s most expensive hot dog was prepared by Joe Calderone for Trudy Tant. Featuring truffle oil, duck foie gras, and truffle butter, the dog sold for $69.