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jimmy b
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steamed hot dogs - Sun, 01/15/12 1:29 AM
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hello , new to the forum and hotdogs and was hoping someone will fill me in with some clues on a few questions.. 
what kind of hotdogs are a good choice "steamed" ? skinless or casing ? and pork , beef , etc...? 
how long do they stay good in the steam table ? 
any other tips or suggestions appreciated. 
  
thank you 

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sun, 01/15/12 8:17 PM
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welcome jimmy b,
if you're in the business or just starting you might want to check out the professionals forums.
any hot dogs are good for steaming for my own consumption, but you might want to check with the professionals for shelf life.

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Tue, 01/17/12 12:13 AM
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thank you very much , jim

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sat, 01/21/12 1:16 PM
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However, as long as the conversation is open, let's make this one about making hot dogs at home. I tend to prefer skinned hot dogs for pretty much everything. Lately, with the price of regular hot dogs skyrocketing, I've been using the Johnsonville and Hillshire farms "sausages", which I find to be both excellent and often available at $2-$2.50 a pound (although recently their packages have gone down to 14 ounces, which makes the $2 per package go up to more like $2.30 a pound, and the $2.50 package more like $2.85 a pound. Still better than the $4-5/pound that Sabrett, Nathans, the kosher hot dogs go for (the Shop-Rite supermarket chain's higher end brand, Black Bear, also has excellent hot dogs in casing, but I have not seen the go under $3 a pound in a couple of years, and they are usually $4 a pound).
 
For years, I have steamed hot dogs using a bamboo steamer and a small wok; I use a dark beer (usually Guiness Stout) for cooking, so that's what I use for hot dogs. I've recently obtained a rice cooker, and find that it makes a pretty decent steamer, although I haven't had an opportunity to try it on hot dogs, yet.
 
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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sat, 01/21/12 5:31 PM
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My fondest childhood memory of Rhode Island is of eating at Lum's and having their wonderful hot dogs. Steamed or boiled in beer. Wish I had one now.

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Mon, 01/30/12 1:35 AM
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My rice steamer works excellent for hot dogs. Natural casing ones work especially well here.

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sun, 02/5/12 3:24 PM
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2005Equinox
My rice steamer works excellent for hot dogs. Natural casing ones work especially well here.

Have you tried it with beer? I'm reasonably sure it will clean out OK (mine, like most, has a non-stick interior), but would like to know about the experience of others.
 
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Re:steamed hot dogs - Thu, 02/9/12 12:27 PM
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Steamed are the best to me

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sun, 02/19/12 9:01 AM
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The Roxalana PTA moms made the best West Virginia hotdogs.  This was in the 1950's.  The PTA had a "hotdog" machine made out of glass & metal.  Water went in the bottom, one side held the hot dogs, on side the buns.  Hot dogs were sold every Friday for lunch.  The machine had to be plugged in & water added at least 1 hour before serving.  After 50+ years those are still the best hot dogs ever.

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sun, 02/19/12 9:08 AM
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Hot dogs on friday in the 50's....guess Roxalana had no Catholics...In Jersey we had grilled cheese and tomato soup....or tuna fish...etc!!

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Sun, 02/19/12 7:24 PM
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Cheaper, lower quality dogs tend to get mushy when steamed or in dirty water. Casing dogs hold up much better in steam than non-casings IMHO.
Suggest you post your question on the Professional Hot Dog Vendors Forum for more responses:
http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Professional-Hot-Dog-Vendors-f47.aspx
 

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Re:steamed hot dogs - Mon, 02/27/12 1:25 AM
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I just use filtered water.