Grabbing a hotdog on the way to work can save time and reduce hunger, some of us also often make them at home. Regarding this, a question often occurs: how long are hot dogs good for?
Below, we will tell a lot of useful facts about this food and reveal some secrets regarding the hot dogs’ shelf life.
Hot Dogs Nutrition Facts
Everyone eats hot dogs but do all of us know their nutrition qualities?
According to the latest research, one hot dog without condiments is very high in sodium and fat. One hot dog with a bun contains twenty-three grams of fat!
Also, this food is rich in calories – 290 kcal per bun – which makes it stand far away from dietary eating.
Compared to the statistics given above, zero content of fiber and quite a low content of protein and carbs (only nine and thirteen grams respectively) makes hot dogs rather heavy food.
That is why it is always advised to consume them with fresh veggies, use as little condiment as possible and prefer whole-grain buns instead of those of white bread.
Are Hotdogs Healthy? Pros and Cons
Let’s agree that hot dogs can hardly be called truly healthy food.
They are fat, high in calories, and they contain certain elements that can be harmful to our health.
From this point, let’s be more precise.
- As we already know, one hot dog is very rich in sodium. When we intake too much of it it can become a cause of some types of cancer (under certain conditions, of course). Does it mean that one hot dog a week will make us end up in a hospital?
That’s hardly so. However, if you are a huge hot dog lover and consume a lot of these buns with a sausage inside, you should probably think about what you are doing to your health better.
- As for the fat content, it’s OK to eat one hot dog after the intense training in a gym but stuffing your stomach with them every day or even every other day may lead to gaining weight significantly, especially if you lack regular and intense physical training or activity.
Besides, such a “diet” will definitely boost the cholesterol level which is not great.
- Since hot dogs are made of processed meat and white bread, they can hardly be called nutritious in the literal meaning of this word.
Instead of consuming food that doesn’t bring much use, why not to try healthier veggie hot dogs with soy meat and greens? They are low-fat and low-calorie foods with the same reduced cholesterol level. And still surprisingly tasty!
Hot Dog Shelf Life. Tips and Nuances
However, we assume that there will always be those who are devoted fans of a hot dog!
And of course, you guys would prefer to keep your favorite edible to its most since – let’s consider this – hot dogs are a great match for a garden party!
To be sure that hot dogs are stored correctly, check out this list of the basic storage tips.
- For keeping them consumable, refrigerate or freeze hot dogs right after purchasing.
- Never leave them at room temperature for more than two hours
- Never keep a hot dog at 90 F for more than one hour
- If you have a predisposition to the foodborne diseases, reheat the hot dog before consuming it until it’s steaming hot. It will protect you from the possible listeriosis.
Finally, to have more precise info regarding the storage of this kind of food that we all love so much, make sure that you are aware of the following nuances.
- How long are hot dogs good for in the fridge?
An unopened packet with a fresh hot dog will last up to two weeks if stored under proper conditions.
- How long are hotdogs good for after opening?
In this case, the expiration date shifts to seven days in the fridge no matter whether it is cooked or fresh product.
Nothing complicated as you can see, so make sure that you follow these tips to protect yourself from consuming spoiled food that can cause quite an unpleasant aftermath.
How to Freeze Hot Dogs
What if one bought a packet of hot dogs for a party and wants to preserve them for more than a couple of weeks?
At that point, freezing is the optimal choice.
Despite the widespread worries, freezing hot dogs is very simple and won’t require any special skills or conditions, except for the freezing camera, of course.
- Open the original package and take out all the hot dogs
- Cover a baking sheet with a parchment paper sheet and place hot dogs there leaving a little space between them to prevent them from sticking
- Put the tray to the freezing camera until the hot dogs are hard
- Now it’s OK to remove them to a frost-resistant bag and return back to the freezer
How long can you freeze hotdogs? For extending their lifespan to its maximum, expose hot dogs to frost for one or two months but not longer.
For defrosting, heat them in a microwave using a defrosting setting or put them to the fridge for twenty-four hours which a safer way since some buns become wet after heating.
Do Hot Dogs Go Bad?
Everyone knows that consuming spoiled food is harmful to our health.
How to tell if hot dogs are bad to avoid food poisoning?
The basic signs are:
- Sour smell
- Dull and slimy flesh of the sausage
- Freezer burns (if they are kept frozen)
When noticing any of these, discard the damaged food instantly and don’t even try to reanimate it.
Hot Dogs FAQ. All You Ever Wanted to Know And a Bit More
To make our survey complete, let’s go through several most popular questions asked about the specifics of hot dogs consumption.
Are hotdogs fully cooked?
Yes, all the hot dogs that are sold in stores are already cooked and ready to eat.
Can you eat raw hot dogs?
Even though they are cooked, it is highly recommended to reheat them right before eating to prevent foodborne diseases.
Can hotdogs be frozen?
Definitely, and it is very simple to do since hot dogs freeze very well.
Can you eat hot dogs cold?
Well, though this sort of food is ready-to-eat food, it must be reheated before consumption to prevent any bacteria from spreading and protect yourself from foodborne diseases.
Are all hot dogs fully cooked?
Yes, all the hot dogs are ready to consume, only remember to heat them up before you take a bite!