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I just buy "Hebrew National" for peace of mind.
(They are 'kosher' so apparently they don't contain the really gross parts...)
No...I'm not Jewish...I just don't want to eat anything from the back end.
I thought kosher just meant that it was prepared away from pork and then blessed. still get all the cow lips, entrails & a-holes.
Hebrew Nationals are excellent!
If it ain't killed me yet - after all these years of eating them I'm not worried. Something is always out there to get you. Guess you just have to pick and choose.
Like mr_right_wing, I always buy the Hebrew National brand. It's been years since I had a "regular" hot dog. I accidentally started eating one at a cookout several years ago and that first bite reminded me of my decision to adhere to the one all-beef, no-weird-parts brand.
Ingredients of Hebrew National Beef Franks:
Beef, Water, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Sodium Lactate, Spice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Paprika, Sodium Diacetate, Garlic Powder, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite, Flavorings. CONTAINS: Soy
Oscar Mayer "Classic":
MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY AND MECHANICALLY SEPARATED CHICKEN, PORK, WATER, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SALT, GROUND MUSTARD SEED, SODIUM LACTATE, CORN SYRUP, DEXTROSE, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, SODIUM NITRITE, FLAVOR.
In case you're wondering what "mechanically separated" means (I was wondering!), here's the quickie definition from wikipedia:
Mechanically separated meat (MSM), also known as mechanically recovered/reclaimed meat (MRM), is a paste-like meat product produced by forcing beef, pork, turkey or chicken bones, with attached edible meat, under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue. Mechanically separated meat has been used in certain meat and meat products since the late 1960s. This product can be contrasted with meat extracted by advanced meat recovery systems. The most common use of MSM is into hot dogs.
Okay, enough cut-and-paste from me.... but one last original thought: I think my new non-favorite-word (or phrase) of the day is probably "meat slurry." Bleah.
I am also leery of hamburger and cheap chicken.
Meh, meat from a pig's bunghole is still meat from a pig.
I always fasten my seat belt before eating a hot dog.
Was that you I saw texting in the 911 tailgating a Ferrari on K10 after you deliberately created roadkill on 31st?
I was in the purple Yugo with the lemur tail on the radio antenna.
They used to say the pioneers ate all the pig 'except the squeal.' We still do; it's just more high tech. Pig is pig; nothing wrong with the occasional tube steak.
I asked for something to eat
I’m hungry as a hog
So I get brown rice, seaweed
And a dirty hot dog
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