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How Hot Dogs Are Made The Real StoryThere are many tall tales about the way in which hot dogs are made I remember in Biology class my teacher told us that hotdogs are pig fetuses and other bi-products picked up from the floor and thrown into the grinder To tell you the truth I have thought that ever since I first heard it It wasnt until I decided to do a little research on this before gruesome and now pleasant processFirst specially selected meat trimmings of beef andor pork just like the meat you buy at the grocery store is cut or ground into small pieces and placed in a mixer Poultry hotdogs will obviously use poultry trimmingsHigh speed stainless steel choppers blend the meat spices ice chips and curing ingredients into a creamy meaty batter The batter is constantly weighed to insure that the correct amount of each ingredient is being used The mixture is then pumped into an automatic stufferlinker machine where it flows into casings The most popular brands of hot dogs such as Oscar Meyer or Ball Park use cellulose casings which are later removed Some wieners use natural casings which remain on the wiener when it is eaten These wieners are considered more traditional and are usually made by smaller manufacturers and tend to cost a little moreOnce the casings are filled they are linked into long strands of hot dogs and moved to the smokehouse there they are fully cooked under controlled temperature and humidity conditions They may be hardwood smoked for added color and flavorAfter passing through the smoke and cook cycle the hot dogs are placed in cool water If the hot dogs were made with cellulose casings they are sent to an automatic peeler where the cellulose skin is stripped awayThe individual links are then put through to the packaging equipment When cellulose casings are used the hot dogs are of exact size and weight They
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