And so we have a wiener.
Americans consume approximately 20 billion hot dogs annually.
Yes, folks, today I am sharing my newly confirmed knowledge about hot dogs.
Here are the usual ingredients you’ll find in an average frankfurter:
Mechanically separated turkey
Mechanically separated pork
Corn Syrup – To add texture (what) and sweetness.
Flavorings – The combinations of flavoring agents are allowed to just be listed as “flavor” instead of writing each of the ingredients out.
Sodium Nitrate – It helps the dogs from turning grey; Found in fertilizers, and fireworks.
Sodium triphosphates (Another big word!) – Gives the dogs a firmer texture; Found in water softener, flame retardants and anti-freeze.
Red food coloring – Also known as Carmine (Crushed up beetle shells washed in ammonia)
Of course there are the rumors of bones and rodent parts in your hot dogs. Also, fleas may be an ingredient, as they have previously attached themselves to the skin of the animal ground up in the hot dog.
Just the thought of it makes me writhe.
To leave you on a bright note, in case you didn’t know, most hot dogs are cased in the intestines of pigs.
I bid you good eating.