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Have you tried Applegate Farms Organic Hot Dogs??

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Created July 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM

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!

The Great Organic Hot Dog

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5629 · August 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Agreed, they are very salty. Sometimes I want two, and by the second one my buds feel a bit burned out.

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178 · February 07, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Oh. My. God. All kinds of yes, that sounds incredible.

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971 · July 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM

If you are not eating hotdogs due to processing, does that apply to ground beef for you as well? Just curious.

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678 · July 18, 2011 at 7:48 PM

no to hotdogs. why don't you just send the prions a formal invitation to your brain?

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25467 · July 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Major pass on all hot dogs unless I make them

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110 · July 18, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Here is the video of the making of Applegate hot dogs: http://www.youtube.com/user/ApplegateFarms#p/c/A22E29C30799B9AE/10/Ljjw-ivSJoo

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5629 · July 17, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Well now you can get fresh curds in NYC!

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20519 · July 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I did! Only place to get cheese curds in Seattle :)

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24538 · July 16, 2011 at 8:24 PM

"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation." --Oscar Wilde

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5629 · July 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Beecher's is from Seattle...they have a shop in the Pike Place Market, did you ever go there?

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5629 · July 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Jesuisjuba, Beecher's Handmade Cheese just opened a new store on 20th and Broadway, and there's a restaurant in the basement. I'm the bartender!

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5629 · July 15, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Jeesjuba, Beecher's Handmade Cheese just opened a new store on 20th and Broadway, and there's a restaurant in the basement. I'm the bartender!

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5629 · July 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

OMFG. SUCH a good idea!!

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20519 · July 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Ahh.. see.. one of the problems I have when I *think* I'm being very clear and fail :) There seem to be many items that fall into that borderline "is it Paleo.. is it not Paleo.. hmmm" categories. Those items that I think people are unsure of, in my opinion, are fine in moderation. It's monitoring yourself and how you feel. Hope I'm explaining myself well here :)

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22913 · July 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

have you read up on Pink Slime and Meatglue Futureboy? those are my biggest concerns with processed meat. a lesser but still concern is the cooking process etc.

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10502 · July 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Whoa! Stephen-Aegis is back! Good times.

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24523 · July 15, 2011 at 3:21 AM

I don't know a ton about processing, but I think the greater the amount of processing, the greater the concerns about things like cross-contamination. Not that this is applicable to 99.999% of people, but I do believe that prions can be spread more easily this way (mad cow disease).

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8868 · July 15, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Agree with everything you say. Except for moderation.

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8868 · July 15, 2011 at 3:07 AM

What's wrong with processed? Everything is processed if you think about it.

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15976 · July 15, 2011 at 2:22 AM

Yeah, they're grass fed beef man, go for it. Tasty, too. Hey stephen aegis is back and bad!

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20519 · July 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM

And here I thought bacon wrapped sardines were where it was at. MMm... two meats in one convenient hand-held package. Win!

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2435 · July 14, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I am totally doing that. Minus the horseradish. For some reason I can't stand the flavor of horseradish. But bacon-wrapped hotdogs? You're my husbands new best friend.

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2435 · July 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Mark Sisson I believe specified this company in a post. I think they were questionable about their grass-fed status somehow. I think that if you like them, then you should by all means rotate them into your meals. It's not like you're eating a pack a day, right?

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15229 · July 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

OH MY GOD THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD.

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5629 · July 14, 2011 at 9:21 PM

ok so it's cutting floor scraps, and "junk-meat," but what about the Nose to Tail philosophy? It's just a sausage, with paprika, celery juices, sea-salt and spices.

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24523 · July 14, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Stephen-Aegis in da' hoouuuuuuse!!

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1173 · July 14, 2011 at 9:18 PM

It's the only hotdog I'll buy. They are a special treal we get in the summer for BBQ's because my kiddo loves them!

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22913 · July 14, 2011 at 9:17 PM

organic processed junk meat is still processed junk meat with less pesticides. just saying.

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110 · July 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

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!

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110 · July 18, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Here is the video of the making of Applegate hot dogs: http://www.youtube.com/user/ApplegateFarms#p/c/A22E29C30799B9AE/10/Ljjw-ivSJoo

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24538 · July 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

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.

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24523 · July 14, 2011 at 9:22 PM

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.

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24523 · July 15, 2011 at 3:21 AM

I don't know a ton about processing, but I think the greater the amount of processing, the greater the concerns about things like cross-contamination. Not that this is applicable to 99.999% of people, but I do believe that prions can be spread more easily this way (mad cow disease).

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8868 · July 15, 2011 at 3:07 AM

What's wrong with processed? Everything is processed if you think about it.

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858 · July 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

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.

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20519 · July 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM

And here I thought bacon wrapped sardines were where it was at. MMm... two meats in one convenient hand-held package. Win!

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15229 · July 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

OH MY GOD THAT SOUNDS SO GOOD.

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2435 · July 14, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I am totally doing that. Minus the horseradish. For some reason I can't stand the flavor of horseradish. But bacon-wrapped hotdogs? You're my husbands new best friend.

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5629 · July 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM

OMFG. SUCH a good idea!!

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178 · February 07, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Oh. My. God. All kinds of yes, that sounds incredible.

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50 · July 15, 2011 at 2:08 AM

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!

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20519 · July 14, 2011 at 11:28 PM

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.

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8868 · July 15, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Agree with everything you say. Except for moderation.

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5629 · July 15, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Jeesjuba, Beecher's Handmade Cheese just opened a new store on 20th and Broadway, and there's a restaurant in the basement. I'm the bartender!

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20519 · July 15, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Ahh.. see.. one of the problems I have when I *think* I'm being very clear and fail :) There seem to be many items that fall into that borderline "is it Paleo.. is it not Paleo.. hmmm" categories. Those items that I think people are unsure of, in my opinion, are fine in moderation. It's monitoring yourself and how you feel. Hope I'm explaining myself well here :)

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5629 · July 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Beecher's is from Seattle...they have a shop in the Pike Place Market, did you ever go there?

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5629 · July 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Jesuisjuba, Beecher's Handmade Cheese just opened a new store on 20th and Broadway, and there's a restaurant in the basement. I'm the bartender!

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20519 · July 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I did! Only place to get cheese curds in Seattle :)

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5629 · July 17, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Well now you can get fresh curds in NYC!

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10 · August 22, 2013 at 3:10 PM

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.

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5629 · August 25, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Agreed, they are very salty. Sometimes I want two, and by the second one my buds feel a bit burned out.

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528 · July 17, 2011 at 2:19 AM

It's on par with sausage for me. If I can identify the ingredients as being "real," I'm okay with it.

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6229 · July 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

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.

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5232 · July 15, 2011 at 3:10 AM

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

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24538 · July 16, 2011 at 8:24 PM

"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation." --Oscar Wilde

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5 · March 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

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.

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5650 · August 23, 2013 at 3:19 AM

they're not bad. I had two of them last night for dinner. I like Oscar mayer better.

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198 · May 23, 2013 at 4:58 AM

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.

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10 · May 23, 2013 at 3:53 AM

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 :)

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1054 · July 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

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!

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