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Tips for the right Frankfurters

Tips for the right Frankfurters
Tips for the right Frankfurters

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Hot dogs are popular at any occasion, whether it’s a barbecue or a baseball game. In 2023, Americans spent over $8 billion on hot dogs and sausages, reports the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

The hot dog is also a classic in summer. Around 150 million hot dogs are eaten on July 4th alone.

Hot dogs are relatively easy to make, and if you prefer your sausages boiled rather than grilled, here are cooking time instructions and some facts about the famous frankfurter.

How long do you have to cook hot dogs?

Hot dogs should be cooked for about four to six minutes. For frozen hot dogs, the cooking time is between nine and ten minutes.

You can cook your hot dog in water or beer. If you cook your hot dog in beer, it will have a milder taste and a more tender texture.

The cooking time will remain the same regardless of the liquid. Once this is done, remove the hot dog from the pot and place it on a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain the liquid.

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How do you know when cooked hot dogs are done?

You can tell when a hot dog is done by its internal temperature. According to Coleman Natural Foods, hot dogs should reach at least 140°F (60°C) before eating.

You can also check the consistency. Fully cooked hot dogs will have shriveled skin and a darker color.

What’s really in a hot dog?

According to the Department of Agriculture, hot dogs are made of meat, such as beef, pork or poultry (such as turkey or chicken).

In most cases, the meat includes trimmings. Trimmings are “the little bits and pieces that accumulate” of cut meat, Davey Griffin, a professor and meat specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, previously told USA TODAY. “It’s the same thing we would use for ground beef or pork, it’s just chopped much finer,” he explained.

The USDA specifies that hot dogs must contain no less than 15% of “one or more types of raw skeletal muscle meat with raw meat byproducts.” Hot dogs must not contain bone fragments from the separation process. The machines must not crush or grind the bones; they must be removed substantially intact, the USDA reports.

According to the Department of Agriculture, a hot dog can contain no more than 30% fat or 10% water, or a combination of 40% fat and added water.

What are hot dogs actually made of? There can be beef, pork, chicken and… other things.

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