How to Boil a Hot Dog in the Microwave
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 fat
- Cereal filler (breadcrumbs or oatmeal or flour)
- A little egg white
- 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!
- Place hot dog on a microwave-safe plate.
- Cover with paper towel.
- Generally it only takes 25 to 35 seconds to cook one hot dog in the microwave. Cooking times vary by microwave.
- Microwave on high.
- 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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