About hot dogs Edit

A hot dog is a smoked, seasoned, precooked sausage — also known as "frankfurter", "wiener" and "frank" — is America's favorite. Frunkfurters can be made from beef, pork, veal, chicken or turkey. They may have casings or not and can contain up to 30 percent fat and 10 percent added water. They range in size from the tiny cocktail frank to the famous foot-long giants. The most common size is about 6 inches long.

Hot dogs labeled "beef" or "all-beef" must, by law, contain only beef; fillers like soybean protein and dry milk solids are forbidden. Kosher hot dogs are all-beef sausages, usually liberally seasoned with garlic. Those labeled "meal" can't contain fillers either, but can be made with a combination of pork and beef. A typical proportion would be 40 percent pork to 60 percent beef. Sausages simply labeled "hot dogs" can contain up to 3.5% fillers and are usually made from a combination of meats. Almost all hot dogs contain sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite, chemical salts that are reported to be carcinogenic.

To store hot dogs, refrigerate in original package up until the manufacturer's pull date. Although precooked, hot dogs benefit from heating and may be prepared in a variety of ways including grilling, frying, steaming and braising.

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