What’s In A Hot Dog? by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, August 4, 2011
Hot dogs are a classic barbecue food, but is there such a thing as a healthy frank? Learn the dog-gone facts about this summer favorite and decide for yourself.
How’s It Made?
Hot dogs are also known as frankfurters, wiener dogs, franks and tube steaks. They’re one of the most widely-sold sausage products in the United States. Hot dogs are made from finely ground cured beef or pork (or both), which are pumped into casings that are twisted and formed into links every 6 inches. The franks are then cooked, passed through hot water or steam, and then hung for smoking (sometimes they’re smoked and then cooked). There are various other techniques that have been developed, but you get the picture. Read more »