Group: misc.rural Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2003, 5:20am (CDT+5) From:
"Ann" <***@epix.net> wrote in message news:LzGib.email@example.com...
"Sam Hopkins" wrote
Well now that we got that answered and I've thrown out all my hotdogs,
does anyone want to answer what the heck is in spam?
Why not just skip to the "ultimate", scrapple. May not still be the
case, but the labels used to be explicit.
There's some National Geographic thing on talking about people eating
goat fetus'. =A0 They are calling it something that sounds like cooti
pie. It's good for back aches and pregnant women.
Ah, educational television. Can't beat it.
No thank you on that part as my back ain't aching and the last time I
checked I wasn't pregnant! LoL
"Don Bruder" <***@sonic.net> wrote in message news:%KDib.firstname.lastname@example.org...
In article <email@example.com>, "Sam Hopkins"
So I've searched forever and ever for the answer to, "What's in a
hotdog?" There doesn't seem to be anything printed. The ingredients just
say, "Beef parts." You always hear that a hot dog is the hoofs, butts,
animals. Is this true? Has anyone ever worked at a hotdog plant?
What's in a hot dog?
Chances are you'll never find anybody who will even *TRY* to
*OFFICIALLY* detail the list for you, if only because most folks are too
squeamish to think about eating certain parts of a dead cow. Simple
economics: You don't sell wieners by telling every person who asks
exactly what bits and pieces go into 'em. Quite bluntly, there are
*VERY* few people out there who actually *REALLY* want to know. They may
*SAY* they want to, but the fact is, they'd really rather go through
life munching down their wieners without ever considering just what kind
of scraps they were made out of, and finding out would, well... "put 'em
off their feed." Their delusion about how hot dogs grow pre-packaged on
wiener-trees would be trashed if they knew the reality, and quite
frankly, most can't accept that. For me personally, "beef is beef" - be
it a slab of prime rib chopped out of the still-twitching carcass I just
put a bullet in 5 minutes ago, a corned brisket, a burger at
Mickey-Dee's, or a Ball Park all-beef wiener. I don't particularly care
where on the cow it came from (although some cuts are, obviously, better
than others for various reasons), I just care that it came from a cow.
Unofficially, it's pretty easy:
Any scraps, trimmings, mis-cuts, bruised meat, and so on that can't
easily be sold "stand-alone", and for whatever reason (texture, color,
strong flavor, whatever) aren't considered useful for hamburger. There
really isn't any such thing as a dedicated "hot dog plant" - hot dogs
are pretty much the "catch all" for any scraps of meat left over at the
end of the overall carcass processing operation. They typically get made
only after after the last of the "suitable to be hamburger" stuff has
Hooves? No. Those get sold to the guy who boils them down and makes
"Knox" and Jell-O and Elmer's glue, or to somebody that wants to sell
them as doggy-treats. *AFTER* the meaty contents of the hoof have been
removed and stuffed into the grinder, that is...
Butts? Probably not, (Think "rump roast", "butt steak", etc) but
trimmings from butts, almost certainly.
Lips? Tounge? Ears? Eyeballs? Cheek meat (From a pig, you'd put that in
gelatin, and refer to the resulting block of "mystery meat" as head
cheese)? Necks? Noses? Tails? Almost certainly to all of them except
tounge, which is fairly often sold as a standard beef cut. Outfits that
don't want to (or just plain can't - tounge seems to be something of a
regional taste (no pun intended)) sell it will cheerfully shovel that
into the grinder with all the rest, although it'll more likely be the
hamburger grinder rather than the one they use for wieners. (Never mind
the detail that the wiener grinder is probably also the hamburger
grinder, just set for a much finer grind)
Basically, anything too small, "too disgusting", "esthetically
un-appealing", and so on to be used/sold as a cut of its own is probably
going to end up going into the grinder, right along with anything that
can be boiled/scraped/otherwise removed from the bones.
Then there's the guts... some of which, in the case of "natural casing"
weiners, serve as - You guessed it - the tubes that them little pink
tube-steaks get pumped into.
The age-old chestnut about hot dogs being made of "assholes, lips and
eyeballs" really isn't all *THAT* far wrong...
And don't even get started on pork sausage...
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