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May 02

How American Hot Dogs are Made Hot Dogs are not Made from Bad Parts of Animals

Remember that saying “Parts is parts”? It was in a television commercial a few years ago and it dealt with the question of what parts of meat go into the making of wieners, frankfurters and hot dogs.

If you are reading this article then you are interested in the subject of “What is in hot dogs?” The theory has been floating, bouncing, hitting hard that these hunks of tubular meat are made up of the unseen parts of animals; this is not true. Wieners/hotdogs are made of the less tender parts of the butchered animal. However these meats do not come from lips, rectums or tendons of the animals. Those items are processed into other materials such as fertilizers or even dog foods, treat and chews.

The contents of “tube steaks” are regulated by laws set up by the USDA and are strictly adhered to by meat producers in the USA; there are regulations and specification regarding ingredients, size, colorings and flavorings.

These hot dogs or wieners come in a variety of sizes; from tiny 2 inch, familiar 6 inch and even a giant 12-inch dog for the famous foot long hot dogs we all love to eat!

The most common ingredients in hot dogs are beef pork, turkey, chicken, veal and a few are made using tofu or soy protein. Some manufacturers add grains and cereals as filler to create less expensive wieners, and then swell slightly to appear plumper than the others when cooked.

Other ingredients:

-Salt

-Sugar

-Seasonings

-Flavorings

-Dry milk solids

-Food colorings

We offer here a brief explanation of how these wieners, frankfurters, hot dogs and sausages are made.

The meat is removed from the bones of the animal by cutting and by pressure, mechanically scraping the meat from the bones. Then high-pressure water like “knives” remove all the meat from the bones in this technical procedure; which leaves only bone, cartilage, tendons and the tough and chewy parts to be separated and used in other non-food products.

This meat then is ground (Emulsified) and the flavorings, colorings, fillers and spices are added and the mixture is blended until it is a fine paste. Finally the product is extruded into casings and is promptly cooked and smoked. The casings on most products are then removed. The products are inspected, tested and finally packaged and made ready to ship to our grocery stores.

Rest assured, the products we are offered in stores are not made of the unseemly parts of any animals. These companies cannot offer the public anything but real meats, grains and flavorings. American hot dog manufacturers stand by their products with pride, offering high quality, great tasting meat based items.

You’ve heard the saying “As American as hot dogs and apple pie” American made wieners are quality products any cook would be happy to use. So let’s stop the ugly rumors of what’s in a hot dog right now, stop thinking of wieners as a bad food, they are not bad. Shop around you’ll find the best quality hot dogs for your family right there on your grocers’ shelves.

Remember, it’s all good!