Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our Favorite Hot Dogs

Okay, we all know that the costs of high quality commercial dog treats add up!  Mom tries to offset her ridiculous purchases of spendy treats by also making her own.  Some of the most common foods used in training are hot dogs, but because Mom isn't crazy about having "hot dog hands" after using them, we don't get them often.  Plus, Mom doesn't think the ingredients are very suitable for dogs (or people for that matter) on a regular basis (sodium anyone?).

Anyways, she's been on the hunt for a decent hot dog at a reasonable cost, and she [thinks she] scored.

Trader Joe's All Natural Uncured Turkey Hot Dogs

  • Minimally Processed
  • No Artificial Ingredients
  • No Nitrates or Nitrites Added
  • No Fillers
  • No Hormones Added (plus growth hormones are federally prohibited from use in poultry farming)
  • Gluten Free
  • No MSG
  • Not Preserved
  • Fully Cooked
And check out the ingredients---no onion powder!  Bark!
Turkey, Water, Seasoning (Sugar, Sea Salt, Mustard, Celery Powder, Sodium Carbonate, Spices*, Paprika, Cherry Powder (Tart Cherries, Rice Flour, Sunflower, Lecithin), Extractive of Paprika, Molasses (Sugar Cane, Molasses), Spice Extractives*.

I better note that it says spices, which could, of course, mean onion powder.  However, I'm just going to pawsume that IF there is any it is quite minuscule since it wasn't listed out specifically. 

The Sodium is startling high (670mg/hot dog), but like I mentioned, we don't get them often.  (BTDubbs: One tip Mom has read about but not confirmed is that boiling them reduces the sodium.)  Anyways, there is 0 Trans Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat per dog, 90 Calories, 50mg Cholesterol, 2 g Sugars, and 12 g Protein per hot dog.

What do you think?  Have you found any other dog-friendly (or friendlier) hot dogs?  

A rather crappy pic but you get the idea....

PeeEs.  Mom finally sliced these bad boys up and has them in the oven right now!  200F, for a few hours and they should be some tasty little jerky treats.


  1. We use hot dogs and cheese here quite a bit for treats. I wish there were no salt options available, but I guess those wouldn't taste as good to humans, so they don't make them.

  2. Lucky! We don't have Trader Joe's here; we have Publix (which we love!). We get publix brand, which are pretty similar.

  3. In Better Homes and Gardens they gave several brands that are lower in sodium (We have to look for things with the heart on them for my mom.) http://www.bhg.com/recipes/healthy/eating/low-fat-heart-healthy-hot-dogs/#page=1 Personally we all like the Hebrew National ones best, and the dogs will take them out of your hand if given half a chance. We can get those in just about every grocery here. If we want the Boar's Head, we have to go to Publix for those.

    You can look ingredient labels up here: http://www.labelwatch.com/prod_results.php?pid=502500&level=3

    1. Thank you for the suggestions! I'll give them a look. :)

  4. Have you ever tried Hebrew National? Those are the only ones we eat. Love Dolly

    1. No we haven't! I'll take a look at them. Thanks!

  5. Oh, Yummers!!! That is such a good idea, puttin' them in the oven to dry them out! Do you know how long they last that way?
    Gpa just paid an arm and a leg (I guess he's limping and his furiend are callin' him 'lefty' now....) for dehydrated hot dog bites!! This is such a better option!
    Thanks for the heads up!
    Ruby ♥