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Hot Dogs on 4th of July – Spiral Cut the Hot Dog to Fit the Bun

June 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile – celebrating the hot dog – is one of the most recognized vehicles in the country.

Americans love their hot dogs. More than 700 million packs of hot dogs were sold in 2011, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. That doesn’t count WalMart’s sales, eitherĀ  – they don’t report their numbers.

It’s likely safe to say more dogs are sold for grilling on the 4th of July than any other day, and grilling them is the most popular way to cook them up. It’s all-American.

Making ends meet

Hot dog cooking leads to one of the biggest mysteries of the food world, too: Why aren’t hot dog buns and hot dogs the same size? There are attempts by the dog makers to remedy this, but we can’t find any solid answers.

Here’s a remedy: Spiral cut the hot dog so that you can make it whatever size you want. Spiral cutting the weiner has a number of other benefits – the chunky condiments – relish, onion, jalapenos, don’t bunch up or fall off – you can get an even distribution of pieces in each of the channels. And, as the demo-er in the video says: It looks cool, too.

Let me know if you’ve tried it – and how it worked out!

And let’s see if you fall into any of the six “Favorite Hot Dog Toppings” list:

1. Yellow Mustard

2. Pickle relish

3. Ketchup

4. Onions

5. Sauerkraut

6. Chili



Tags: Holiday cooking

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Karen // Jul 2, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love it! Am trying it for the Fourth!

  • 2 diane t // Jul 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Boy, that brings me back. When I was a kid I always spiral cut my hot dogs for years. I didn’t know I was a trend setter lol

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