ingredient information
Hot Dogs
A hot dog (frankfurter, frank, wiener, weenie) is a moist sausage of soft, even texture and flavor, often made from mechanically recovered meat or meat slurry. Most types are fully cooked, cured or smoked. It is often placed hot in a special purpose soft, sliced hot dog bun. It may be garnished with mustard, ketchup, onion, mayonnaise, relish, cheese or chili. The flavor can be similar to a range of meat products from bland bologna to spicy German bockwurst varieties. Kosher hot dogs may be made from beef, chicken or turkey. Vegetarian hot dogs made from meat analogue are available. Unlike other sausages which may be sold uncooked, hot dogs are always cooked. Unless spoiled, hot dogs can be eaten without cooking, although they are usually warmed before serving. Pregnant women should not eat hot dogs (or other pre-cooked foods) unless heated to 160-170°F (70-77°C) for two minutes to avoid Listeriosis, caused by bacteria which thrives at refrigerator temperatures, which can affect unborn children, or cause miscarriage or still birth