I'm super excited about these. I loved hot dogs as a kid, and still do, but don't eat them for reasons we all know, and shake our heads at.
It seems as if Applegate Farms is really committed to NOT doing what all the other food companies seem to do, which is pack their foods with unnecessary crap.
I know it's processed, but it seems minimal, so for something that feels like a cheat, there's almost no guilt/negative impact! It's still lips and a*holes, but at least it's 100% grass-fed lips and a*holes!!
(Yes, I eat them without a bun.)
Let me know whether I should avoid avoid avoid, or embrace these delicious dogs!
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Please know that we only use whole muscle meat in Applegate hot dogs, so there are no "lips or holes" in our hot dogs!!!!! Can you please change your article as it is not 100% accurate. Thanks!
I've had the Applegate Farms hotdogs. Yum, yum, yum! In Washington state we have a company called Zoe's Meats. They have a grassfed hotdog, I have to say it is the first hotdog I've every had that I could identify that it came from a cow by taste alone. Soooo good!
I'm with thinking hotdogs are a responsible addition to the nose to tail eating concept.
See here for a discussion of Applegate Farms dogs, as well as other grass-free wieners: http://paleohacks.com/questions/47909/anyone-tried-letsbefrank#axzz1S4eIQB4G
Pro: grass fed, especially important because they have a lot of fat
Con: As Stephen mentioned above, it's processed, which may or may not be an issue depending on how they grind stuff or whatever. Also nitrates from celery, which is most likely not a huge issue. Has a lot of salt, but that won't be an issue for most. Can be addictive, which is an issue for more people.
I ate four of these hotdogs for lunch yesterday, and four this past weekend. These hotdogs plus sauerkraut are my go-to lazy paleo meal.
I love these hot dogs, and like to wrap them in Applegate's uncured bacon, stick them in my oven in my cast iron skillet @350 for about 15-20 mins, and eat them up with horseradish mustard. YUM.
I say they are a cheaper source of grass fed meat, and there is no reason to poo-poo them. YMMV, of course.
I really like them... great on the grill or zapped in the microwave. It's definitely not a high brow entree, but sometimes you just want to eat something quick without a lot of drama!
Woo! Shout out to Zoe's @happy now! I live in NY, from Seattle, and miss them quite fierce.
In regards to the Applegates, I eat the turkey and chicken ones on occasion, don't like the beef ones as the texture is oddly grainy and weirdly salty. I don't eat them all the time but definitely if they're in my fridge and I'm dying after CF I'll rip the package open and eat a couple while making my post WOD meal. With mustard of course. PS: Skewered on a fork or a chopstick and "grilling" on your gas stove works really well. Mock camping! I live in NY people, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Just like everything else, it's fine in moderation.
They're delicious, and simultaneously WAY too salty. I know, I know, it's a dog, but does the salt need to be so high it burns? Wish they'd tone it down a notch. But, it's the best option in my neighborhood for the occasional easy take-our-food-to-a-cookout. C'est la vie.
It's on par with sausage for me. If I can identify the ingredients as being "real," I'm okay with it.
I like their taste about once a month - and that's about as often as I would recommend them. There isn't any cross-contamination with gluten because my husband who is very sensitive is fine with them. They are a quick meal on the go - saute them in onions and ghee, tallow, or butter and yum if you don't have a grill.
It's kinda pathetic, and I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but one of the reasons I returned to omnivore is because whenever my fella made hot dogs, the smell drove me crazy. Steak? Meh. Bacon? Eh. Hot dogs? Now you're talkin'! (Not that I'm knocking the wonders of steak or bacon, but hot dogs were like, my ultimate childhood comfort food.)
That said, I loved those Applegate farms hot dogs. I bought a package a few months ago and essentially devoured the entire thing by myself, and haven't had one since. Craving thusly abated, I can now return to the awesomeness known as steak and his good friend and sidekick, bacon. xD
Love the chicken ones, I eat them too often, but that should be the worst of my crimes:) Pan cook with olive oil, or coconut or left over bacon grease. Can live without the beef ones. The turkey ones are ok.
they're not bad. I had two of them last night for dinner. I like Oscar mayer better.
They're okay. Costco has a brain that I actually like a lot better. The Applegate are too...something. Sweet, I think. If you have access to the Costco brand, I recommend them.
I am not crazy about hot dogs and never have been, but I do like Applegate's uncured natural beef hot dogs. I don't eat them often (few times a year right now), but recently had them wrapped with their organic bacon and it was great. I'm a fan of moderation :)
I haven't yet tried the hot dogs (hope this doesn't make my answer totally nonresponsive) but I just returned from a camping trip where we had brought Applegate Farms salami, Sopresatta, ham, and roasted turkey, and it was all delicious. My husband (who was not, pre-camping, a Paleo subscriber) wolfed it down during the 6-hour drive home, as I read to him the first 6 chapters of "PaleoThin." By the time we got home he was a (slightly tentative) believer and on his own initiative pledged that he'd start today by not eating any bread or grains. I think the Applegate Farms meats helped seal the deal, demonstrating that eating Paleo doesn't mean making lots of sacrifices taste-wise. (I am sure these meats probably aren't strict Paleo but it's a heck of a lot closer than the cookies and chips my husband can typically be found eating.) Crossing my fingers!