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Are hot dogs really made from pigs' snouts and entrails?

hotdogsOf course not, silly! Contrary to urban legends, hot dogs are not made from left-over meat laying around on the floors of meat-packing houses. In fact, the meat used to make hot dogs are carefully selected just like the ones on your local supermarket coolers.

Hot dogs are generally a combination of meats (pork, beef, chicken, or turkey), meat fat, a cereal filler which could be either bread crumbs, flour, or oatmeal, a little bit of egg white, and a delectable array of herbs and seasonings including garlic,

pepper, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, and onion.

These ingredients are ground together and squeezed into sausage casings which could either be synthetic cellulose casings or natural animal intestines.

After the stuffing process, hot dog links are tossed into boiling water for approximately 15 minutes, cooled, packaged, loaded into delivery trucks and delivered to food markets.

Hot dogs remain to be a popular American treat because they are easy to make, inexpensive, and delicious. An average American eats 60 hot dogs a year.

As to who really created the first hot dog remains a mystery. Although a butcher from Coburg, Germany named the city of Frankfurt, Germany named Johann Georghehner is credited as the inventor of  the frankfurter in the 1600s.

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