I've had my doubts about posting this but the subject of x/1 lb. piqued my curiosity so I did a little investigation on the subject.
To me, the whole X number per pound thing has no validity unless there is a large difference in weight that is easily discernable and the length of the hot dog is included.
Stating that a hot dog is X number to a pound without including the length of it really doesn't give an accurate description of the physical appearance of the hot dog. It could be short and fat or it could long and skinny and still be the same number of hot dogs to a pound.
In the past I've bought Don's Best (Brand) at a local meat distributor twice. You had to buy 5 lbs. minimum. Each time, I bought 5 lbs. and I received 15 hot dogs wrapped in orangey beige butcher paper and sealed with 1" masking tape. 15/5 = 3. That's 3/1 lb. The Best Provision site
lists these hot dogs as being 3/1 lb. Although they could have cheated me, they didn't. As I remember the Don's dog was around 10 ~ 12 inches long. These hot dogs have been described here as being 1/4 pound or 4/1, they're 1/3 pound or 3/1.
I've seen Syd's hot dogs mentioned here and they've been described as being 5 to a pound. They're not 5/1 they're 6/1. That means Syd's hot dogs are half the weight of Don's. Syd's are also listed on the above link. The preceding sentence is the result of erroneous information about the Syd's dog as listed at the above link. I've brought this to Best's attention and whether they correct it or not is up to them. The Syd's dog is 5/1. Other than pointing out that Best published the wrong weight for the Syd's dog I'm leaving the original post as it was for the sake of continuity.
Unfortunately Best Provisions does not state the lengths of their hot dogs, which makes it difficult to imagine the appearance of the dog. The Sabrett site
lists their products by number per pound and length. At least you have an idea what the product looks like as opposed to the Best Provisions list.
This is an example of the number of anything that constitutes one pound. It could be cookies, candy bars, or frankfurters, etc.
6/1 lb. = 2.66 oz. each
7/1 lb. = 2.2857 oz. each ---- Weight difference from 6/1 lb. = 0.3743 oz.
8/1 lb. = 2 oz. each ----------- Weight difference from 7/1 lb. = 0.2857 oz.
9/1 lb. = 1.7777 oz. each ---- Weight difference from 8/1 lb. = 0.2223 oz.
10/1 lb. = 1.6 oz. each ------- Weight difference from 9/1 lb. = 0.1777 oz.
11/1 lb. = 1.4545 oz. each --- Weight difference from 10/1 lb. = 0.1455 oz.
12/1 lb. = 1.3333 oz. each --- Weight difference from 11/1 lb. = 0.1212 oz.
It seems that the most commonly quoted hot dog weights are 8/1, 10/1 and 12/1. This is how these 3 weights compare:
The difference between an 8/1 lb. dog and a 10/1 lb. dog is 0.4 oz.
The difference between a 10/1 lb. dog and a 12/1 lb. dog is 0.2567 oz.
The difference between an 8/1 lb. dog and a 12/1 lb. dog is 0.6667 oz. These are all raw uncooked weights. Once a frankfurter is boiled, deep-fried, fried on a flat grill, cooked on a gas BBQ grill, or whatever, who knows what it will weigh or how it's appearance will change?
It's nice if an owner or employee of a place will tell you the number of hot dogs per pound they purchase and its the actual truth, but often it's left to a guesstimation by the customer.
For example: in order to discern differences among the three last examples, you'll have to weigh the raw frankfurter
before it is cooked to detect the .4, .2567, and .6667 oz. differences in weight. Why? Because the cooked hot dog will probably not weight the same as when it was uncooked and the hot dog roll at one place may be heavier or lighter than the roll at a different place that has the same hot dog. There will also be varying amounts of mustard and topping(s) on the hot dog. So how can anyone guess the weight of the hot dog without performing the weight measurement?
Remember, the statement X/1 is only the weight of the object relative to a total weight of one pound and has nothing to do with the actual appearance of the object (Hot dog).
Example: all of these 1 lb. frankfurter packages contained 8 frankfurters all of which weigh 57 grams each except the Dietz & Watson's, which weigh 56 grams each:
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I've covered Best and Sabrett but there's something missing. What could it be? Hmmmmmmmm.
Thumann's does not list the length of their hot dog products so who knows how they look.
I have no idea which of these is the "fryer" or the "griller" and by now, I don't really care.
This list exactly duplicates the list of the five
available hot dogs on the Thumann's website
as listed from top to bottom:
Thumann's gram to ounce (X/1 lb.) conversion: Beef Frankfurter - Skinless:
45 grams = 1.5873282 ounces each That's 10.079831 per pound or 10/1. Beef Frankfurter Pushcart Style - Natural Casing:
57 grams = 2.0106158 ounces each That's 7.957761 per pound or 8/1. Jumbo Pork and Beef Frankfurter - Skinless:
113 grams = 3.9859577 ounces each That's 4.0140918 per pound or 4/1. Pork and Beef Frankfurter - Natural Casing:
76 grams = 2.6808211 ounces each That's 6.134473 per pound or 6/1 Pork and Beef Frankfurter - Skinless:
45 grams = 1.5873282 ounces each That's 10.079831 per pound or 10/1.
This WILL be on the April 24th test. Have a Happy Easter!
If anyone would like to do Grote & Weigle; here's the website: http://groteandweigel.com/
It only lists two hot dogs, one skinless & one natural casing.
Whew! I'm done. Exposition over.
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