FAQ

What’s in a hot dog?

Today’s hot dogs are made of quality lean cuts of beef and pork blended with a variety of spices and seasonings, and then fully cooked, much in the same way that sausages are made. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that the meats used must be wholesome and high quality, just like the fresh ground meat sold in supermarkets and butcher shops. The government also requires that the meats used in the hot dog must be listed in order of predominance — so in the case of Berks franks that means the first two ingredients listed are beef and/or pork. Supermarkets also offer other varieties of hot dogs such as all beef, poultry (chicken or turkey), and cheese-flavored.

What is the best way to separate hot dogs from the freezer?

The best and safest way to separate hot dogs from the freezer is to use the handle from a spoon. Never use a knife, the tip can break off into the frozen hot dog.

How many calories are in an average hot dog?

Hot dogs sold ten to a pack have approximately 150 calories each. A hot dog in a bun with condiments has approximately 270 calories and 13 grams of fat, compared to a slice of pizza, which has approximately 420 calories, and 19 grams of fat.

Where did hot dogs originate?

The city of Frankfurt am Main, Germany claims to have “invented” the hot dog in 1484. Hence the name “frankfurter” or “frank” that’s often given to them. The first smoked sausage arrived in America in the 19th century.

Where did hot dogs get the name “hot dogs”?

The Polo Grounds in New York City. Hot dogs were sold from hot water tanks as vendors shouted, “Get your Dachshund sausages while they’re red hot!” Sports Cartoonist Tad Dorgan sketched a cartoon of barking dachshund sausages nestled in warm buns. Unsure of how to spell dachshund, he simply wrote “Hot Dog”. The cartoon was a sensation and the term “hot dog” was born.

Where did the idea of putting hot dogs in a bun originate?

Bavarian concessionaire, Anton Feuchtwanger, most likely introduced the traditional hot dog on a bun during the St. Louis “Louisiana Purchase Exposition” in 1904. He loaned white gloves to his patrons to hold his piping hot sausages. When most of the gloves were not returned, he reportedly asked his brother-in-law, a baker, for help. The baker invented long, soft rolls that fit the meat.

Are hot dogs nutritious?

Hot dogs can be a positive part of a healthy diet. As meat products, hot dogs are a good source of vitamins, minerals and protein. In fact, NASA has approved hot dogs as a regular item in Apollo moon flights, Skylab missions and space shuttle flights.

Why are hot dogs sold ten to a pack when buns are sold eight to a pack?

Although buns are often labeled as “hot dog buns,” in reality they are used for a number of different sausages from hot dogs to bratwurst and Italian sausages. These sausages come in different package quantities and frequently are purchased individually right from the deli case.

What is the most popular hot dog topping?

Mustard.

How many hot dogs are eaten during the summer months in the U.S. each year?

Americans enjoy seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

How long can hot dogs be stored in the refrigerator after opening?

After hot dogs are opened from their vacuum packaging they should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or foil and used within one week.