How to Boil a Hot Dog in the Microwave

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Hot Dog Facts

  • July is National Hot Dog Month
  • An average American east 60 hot dogs a year
  • In 1893, hot dogs became the standard cuisine for baseball games
  • The hot dog comes from German but it's exact creation is still in question
  • New Yorkers eat more hot dogs than any other city population
  • Hot dog season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day and Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs during that season
  • Americans east 150 million hot dogs on the fourth of July alone

(Facts from; "That Explains It", coolquiz.com/trivia/explain/docs/hotdog.asp and "What is Really in a Hot Dog?", sixwise.com/newsletters/06/10/11/what-is-really-in-a-hot-dog-and-how-unhealthy-are-they.htm)


What's in a Hot Dog?

Okay, so moving right along, let's talk about How to Boil a Hot Dog in the Microwave.....of course everyone has their own conception of what a hot dog is made from...so before we cook our hot dog lets take a look at what it is:

  • Meat
  • Meat fat
  • Cereal filler (breadcrumbs or oatmeal or flour)
  • A little egg white
  • Spices
  • Synthetic collagen casings (sometimes natural casings if specified)

See, no lips, snouts, tails or other body parts you may have heard about. They are made of 'left over' meat but it is just meat.

All hot dogs are pre-cooked when you buy them. They are actually boiled and then refrigerated. Admit it, you like hot dogs...they are easy to cook and combine so well with chili, sauerkraut, and so many other things to make them tasty. What is the best hot dog? That's a matter of personal preference.

Do you call them hot dogs or frankfurters?

Kinds of Hot Dogs

Well, whether you call them hot dogs or frankfurters there are tons of different kinds out there. For example, you can buy beef and pork, all beef, pork, or turkey. You can also buy just hot dogs, or you can get organic beef hot dogs, or natural casing hot dogs, or even Kosher hot dogs. No matter what 'kind' of hot dog you get, read the label and make sure there's nothing in there you wouldn't want to eat! Don't buy hot dogs that say MSM (mechanically separated meats) on their label. Supposedly this practice was outlawed in 2004 but I'd watch out for it anyway...look for labels that say "all beef" or "all pork" or "all chicken/turkey".

You've probably heard about the nitrates in hot dogs causing cancer....that would be sodium nitrate; look for nitrate-free hot dogs. I buy organic, natural casing hot dogs but members of my family will only eat Oscar Mayer weiners or hot dogs.

Cooking Hot Dogs

As I mentioned previously, hot dogs are already cooked. I don't know about you, but I can remember eating what we thought were 'raw' hot dogs when I was a kid. You'd sneak one out of the pack and run somewhere and eat it! Oh, don't be grossed out, we lived through a lot worse than that, like eating a dog biscuit, but that's another hub!

People have been boiling hot dogs probably as long as there have been hot dogs. Putting them in a pot, covering them with water and then bringing the water to a boil. Of course the outside griller will no doubt be jumping up and down about now saying the only way to go is grill the hot dog! If you live in the Northeast that's a summer thing only. You won't catch me standing in front of the grill when its twenty degrees outside!

Then, along came the microwave! (Remember there are tons of hot dog recipes out there but the basics are just cooking the hot dog and putting it on a bun!)

How to Boil a Hot Dog in the Microwave

The first thing to remember is the microwave cooks quickly and hot dogs are pre-cooked. Hot dogs may be cooked alone or they may be cooked in their roll (in the microwave). So, here's the directions you've been waiting for!

Instructions

  1. Place hot dog on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Cover with paper towel.
  3. Generally it only takes 25 to 35 seconds to cook one hot dog in the microwave. Cooking times vary by microwave.
  4. Microwave on high.
  5. Let stand 1 minute before eating.

You can place the hot dog in the bun and wrap with a paper towel and cook in the microwave but I'd think twice about that as the bun gets tough and/or 'rubbery'. If you want to cook more than one hot dog at a time, five hot dogs take about two minutes and ten hot dogs take about three minutes.

I hope this little instructional piece has been of some help to you....enjoy your hot dog!

Microwaving a Hot Dog

In trying to find an appropriate video I came across this lady microwaving a hot dog...however, you could do this in half the time it takes this gal!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

you realize I'm reading this because you wrote it, right? I mean, I think I've got enough experience with hot dogs by now. LOL Well my dear, you did a great job on this one; few people I know could have made this topic interesting, but you pulled it off.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

lol. Great job on an unusual subject. Well, I guess they figure if you can write an excellent hub on this, then you are an excellent writer! This was a fun hub! Thank you and good luck on the apprenticeship program!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Mary, I loved how you included Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Hot Dog Song. I guess I watch a little too much Disney Jr. and Mickey Mouse in my house in case you didn't know. Thanks for sharing and have of course shared, too!!


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Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Hot Dog! tillsontitan!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Love that song, Mary! Hot dogs are my favorites. I think boiling as opposed to frying is also a healthier choice! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being accepted into the program!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Writing about things you don't really care about or have an interest in is tough. You did a great job Mary. I applaud you for taking on the apprentice program.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Bill you are so loyal! What would I do without you? Thank you my friend.

btrbell, thank you too. I did try to fill this one in for sure.

Oh Janine, what's life without Mickey? Remember I had four kids and have six grandchildren, Hot Diggety Dog!

Thanks Seve.

Thanks Linda, I figured I really have some learning to do and this is a great place to do it!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

i adore a good weenie - or a bad one for that matter..

greener is better..lol..(kidding..kinda)

i do prefer the 'all beef' dog - and yes - it's because i'm afraid of snouts and butt holes..lol..

a boiled hot dog is as good as any other, in my connoisseur-istic opinion..

good luck in your course, Queen Mary of Tillson..


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

We LOVE hot dogs....natural casing and one particular brand. I can eat a hot dog cooked any way, but I prefer them from the grill. What I like on my dogs, is mustard, onions and dill relish.....nothing more, nothing less. I DO love a Texas Hot now and then.

Congratulations and BEST of luck with your participation in the Apprenticeship program, gf!! I'm cheering for you.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I often cook a quick dog in the micro, when in a hurry. I prefer to boil in water though.

I have a friend, who has a special pot (with a cover) of "hot dog water".... he reuses the same water, over and over and over. He swears it makes the hot dog the best. I have a mental block of doing this...it just don't seem to appetizing to me.

Like billy said, you made a simple hub and made it interesting...

:)


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Of course Im, weenies do come in all sizes and colors ;) Thanks for the good wishes my friend...it looks like a long road to ho I mean hoe.

Thanks Effer...hot dogs are the best and we all have our favorite ways to eat them.

CM, I'm with you...I can't even imagine keeping hot dog water overnight never mind longer than that!!! Thanks for the compliment!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I actually had hot dogs for dinner so it's funny to read this tonight - coincidence! I did not know you can just put them into microwave. I either boil in pot or cook on BBQ. Thanks for the info and good luck to you for the apprentice program :) Vote up!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Christy. I have a feeling I'm going to learn some interesting stuff!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

I did think that this was an unusual hub from you! lol. Congratulations on becoming an apprentice ... you deserved to get accepted. You did well to expand such a tricky title so well ... hope it earns for you.

Shared, up, useful, pinned, tweeted.


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi Mary, what a fantastic read! Congratulations on being accepted in the program! This was a real test, to write this Hub and make it so interesting and enjoyable, well done! Voted up, awesome and interesting. Have a good day!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

So right Brett. I might've written about the mighty hot dog but from such a different angle. I also wanted to let people know why I may not be as visible as usual as I go through this process. Thanks for spreading this hub around.

Joan, glad you enjoyed and so happy you took the time to read this one!


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

I was immediately taken in by the title. Then, when I read the first paragraph and learned that this was an apprenticeship exercise, I was instantly happy for you and even more curious to finish reading the hub.

Seldom do I vote up and across...usually, if something is strikingly beautiful, I don't vote for "funny."

This hub was an exception. I loved the asides you interjected; the t-shirt saying was hilarious; the allusion to the woman in the final video being a slowpoke; the nostalgic anecdote about eating "raw" hot dogs (I used to think that fresh out of the Oscar Meyer pack meant raw, too); and other references had me smiling.

Great job, Mary, and reinforcement once again as to why I'm a faithful follower!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So very useful and here's to many many more.

Have a great day.

Eddy.


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janshares 4 years ago from Washington, DC

This is great, Tillsontitan. I really enjoyed your apprentice hub. I don't eat hotdogs often, maybe 3 to 5 times a year, but YOU MADE ME WANT ONE RIGHT NOW! Your mission is accomplished. Excellent promotional skills, well-written, nicely presented. The Amazon text is a bit distracting but otherwise, love it!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much hawaiiandodysseus, you've made my day! You've understood all I had to say...I'll be catching up on your eBay hubs after Christmas so I can try to sell some of my collectible dolls.

Thanks Eddy! Hope your day's great!

Janshares, did you eat that hot dog ;) Thank you for the excellent critique, it is always helpful to know how others find your writing and I was happy you found it so.


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Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We have 3 boys tillsontitan, the second shelf of my fridge never has less than 2 packages of hot dogs on it. Every time I open the refrigerator I think of you. Your article truly has made a lasting impression on me! I just had to tell you.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Steve, I always wanted to be remembered for something ;)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Good luck with the course. You wrote a good hub and made this simple task interesting. Loved the Micky video... the second video was painful to watch haha.

Well done


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A well-advised and presented Hub thanks for the helpful ideas


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Rosemay...as you can see it is challenging. Glad you enjoyed this silly, simple hub.

Thanks DDE its always nice to be helpful!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Hot dogs are one of my favorite foods. I now eat turkey instead of beef dogs and I make them in the microwave. Enjoyed your hot dog hub. Voted up.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Some of the turkey dogs are really good Moonlake. Glad you liked this hub.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Mary... I go through phases of the hot dog craving... I placed a few in the smoker awhile back and they were actually quite good...

Well written and now I think I need a snack...

Hugs and Blessings


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Rolly, I think that is what it is about hot dogs, they're "phase" food! You go through phases where you have to have them, then phases where you don't....of course if you're at a Fair or amusement park or ballgame, that's another story!


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gags3480 3 years ago from Kanpur, India

Nice hub. Voted up & shared


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed Gags. Thanks for stopping by.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hi Mary. I loved the hub and really enjoyed the video of Mickey Mouse. So funny and cute. But I'm one of those who either grill the hot dogs on the Weber or want to see them float in the water once they come to boiling. It takes about 2 minutes to boil water in the microwave and pour it into a pan with the weenies (oh, yes we used to call them that!) if 5 minutes is too long on the burner. LOL


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know. Though it's quick it seems ridiculous to cook "weenies" in the microwave Peg!


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very cool. I would say "hot dog this is a great hub". but that would just be wrong.

Hey I hope nobody says anything bad about dog biscuits.

Thanks for a great read.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Hmm, how about dog biscuits in the microwave? That could be interesting.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Hmm, I am thinking some melted cheese and summer sausage with an olive on top. And do not forget how good they are for our teeth!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Smiling ;)


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loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I never thought that writing/reading about hot dogs could ever hold my attention but you did it. For me I just stick the hot dog in the microwave and cook until it splits, but that too is a different recipe. Thanks for the share and happy hubbing.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks loveofnight. This was a title from HP and I was and am surprised at how many people have read it! I appreciate your sharing too.

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