If your kids are anything like mine they would eat hotdogs for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you let them. Whether that’s hot and in a bun or cold and out of the packet – it’s one of the very few foods that mine never protest over when I feed them. So naturally, I had to find out that actually, hotdogs are pretty disgusting things.
Allegedly some are as low in meat content as 40%.
Forty percent? What on earth is the other 60% made up of. In fact, stop, I don’t want to know.
Thanks PETA, I said I didn’t want to know.
Which is why I was pretty skeptical when I was invited to an event for Jungle Dogs hotdogs at Knowsley Safari Park* last week. But I don’t mind admitting when I’m wrong. In fact I’m rather pleased to be wrong about this. Jungle Hot Dogs were both tasty and made of actual real meat. And lots of it.
Unlike many other brands Jungle Dogs are 85% pork and use no mechanically recovered meat – that pink slime you see on horror-shows about fast food that’s made from all the odds and ends animals – no artificial colours or flavours and meet the FSA salt targets for hot dogs.
In short they are a hot dog that I would have no qualms about feeding to my children.
And one that I quite enjoyed, if I’m honest. We sampled them in various recipes – to be honest I’d never really thought about cooking with hotdogs before, we just have them as, well, hotdogs – there were vegetable and hotdog kebabs, hotdogs wrapped in cream cheese and salami, hotdog wraps and hotdog sandwiches.
And given what I’ve recently learned about hotdogs and their contents I think I will be sticking to Jungle Dogs for my two from now on. They are only £1.20 in Tesco.
*We had an ace time at Knowsley Safari Park and I will tell you all about it – including showing you the pic of the monkey killing our car – in a few days.