Hot Diggity Dog: It's National Hot Dog Day

Today,  Wednesday, July 23rd is National Hot Dog Day.  I don’t know about your fridge, but our fridge has a pack of hot dogs in it year-round with a few extras for those summer cookouts.

On the one hand, we love our hot dogs, on the other hand, I never understood why when out at a snack shack parents are always saying “Eat one more bite of your hot dog and then you can get ice cream.”  I’m thinking to myself,  “Let’s skip the hot dog. Do you know what is in that tubular pale object that you’re asking your child to eat more of?  I’d bet money on there being more nutrition and just about as much fat in that lick of soft serve than that last bite of dog.”

The cleaner wiener from Applegate farms.
The cleaner wiener from Applegate farms.

I know, I just said I have hot dogs in my fridge year-round, and I do.  We don’t eat a lot of meat in this house, but when we do it has got to be the good stuff.  I’d rather spend a little bit more and eat a little bit less.  We go for hot dogs with no ambiguous meat sources and less unnecessary  additives.  I’ll skip the extra nitrates if I can and please hold the mechanically separated stuff.  These are a few of my favourite hot dogs.

In preparation for National Hot Dog Day, the folks at Applegate sent me a Wienervention kit.  Their hot dogs have none of these unfab five:  sodium nitrate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, mechanically separated meat (Ew!  Go ahead you can say it,  “Ew!!”), and hooves (More “Ew!”)

If your hot dog eating motto is “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” and it was 1980-something then I’d say, “Okay, so be it.”  But it’s not 1980 something.  We have much easier access to really good food and really good information about the food we are eating.  If you are now plugging your ears and going, “lalalalala, I can’t hear you.” then it is definitely time for a Wienervention of your own.
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National Hot Dog Day

The Applegate Wienervention kit was sent to me for review.  As always, all opinions are my own.


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