The hot dog, what do we know about it? The hot dog is an interesting food that came from Germany to be a classic American food that has a lot of potential. Well, according to the Webster Dictionary a hot dog is “a small cooked sausage that is mild in ﬂavor usually served in a long roll called a hot dog bun”. Do you know what is in the sausage? In a hot dog today, we have meat trimmings and fat in it and normally bought “skinless”, or without a casing. In a hot dog from years ago, around 70 years ago, they were also made out of sheep brains next to meat trimmings and fat and only bought cased in either plastic or “natural casing”. Natural casing is another part that comes from a sheep; it is made from the small intestines of a sheep. The condiments that are mostly on hot dogs today in America are mustard, ketchup, onions, mayonnaise, relish, cheese, chili, and sauerkraut.!
Now lets talk about how it started. The hot dog was not an idea made from Americans, but Germans. They made frankfurters which were since the 13th century. At around 1870, a German immigrant named Charles Feltman sold sausages in rolls at Coney Island. He kept the name of the Frankfurter. Later, Nathan Handwerker went into business against his former employer, Charles Feltman. He made the brand still known as “Nathan’s Famous” and he charged half of what Charles was charging under the name of hot dog instead of frankfurter.!
And what about the records that hot dogs have gotten? These are two records that have been given for hot dogs. One of the records are the world’s longest hot dog, as long as 203 meters and as heavy as 120 kilograms, and the bun was made with 100 kilograms of ﬂour, 25 liters of water, 6 kilograms of yeast, 6 kilograms of sugar, 5 kilograms of butter, 2 kilograms of powdered milk, 2 kilograms of salt, and 1 liter of malt extract. The other record was the most hot dogs made in one minute, and the record was achieved by Steve Guttenberg in the United States. It was on...
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