Sunday, October 24, 2004

Useless Fact For October 24

What are hot dogs made of?

The Facts Speak:

Are hot dogs really made from pigs' snouts and unused meat scraps? Contrary to popular belief, hot dogs are not made from left-over meat laying around on the floors of meat-packing houses. Whether it is pork or beef that is stuffed into a hot dog, the meat trimmings are carefully selected just like the meat you buy in your grocer's coolers.

Most recipes for hot dogs combine together a tasty blend of favorite meats (pork, beef, chicken, or turkey), meat fat, a cereal filler which could be either bread crumbs, flour, or oatmeal, a little bit of egg white, and a mouth-watering array of herbs and seasonings including garlic, pepper, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, and onion.

Once these ingredients are grinded together, the stuffing is squeezed into sausage casings. Many of the hot dogs sold in stores are enclosed in synthetic cellulose casings, but most home-made hot dogs are made out of natural animal intestines. (Ed. Comment: "YUCK"!)

Following the stuffing process is the pre-cooking cycle in which the hot dog links are tossed into boiling water for approximately 15 minutes. Finally, the dogs are packaged, loaded on delivery trucks, and sent off to food markets.

There is particular hot dog lingo. Hot dogs are also called franks, frankfurter, weiner, mini sausages, ball parks, and dachshund.

Did you know?

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. Who really created the first hot dog? Although the city of Frankfurt, Germany credits itself for the origin of the first frankfurter in 1852, some argue that Johann Georghehner, a butcher from Coburg, Germany created the first frankfurter in the 1600s.

Jasper Speaks:

I had hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for dinner tonight. I am not the biggest fan of the frank but I can take one every now and again. Even though this entry says things to the contrary, I am pretty sure that hot dogs are filled with anything and everything they can find left over in meat plants. I once heard of someone finding a mouse tail in one. EWWWW!!!!
And that animal intestine thing, I could have lived without that too!

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