And that means it is that time of year, again. Yup, I have to read a lot of hot dog labels. If there was a mascot for my distaste for bottom-rung food production, it would be riding a wienermobile.
I know that even when I was a kid, there was a lot of jokes about the quality of hot dogs. Calling a hot dog “mystery meat” was probably the kindest of them, and I’m not going to even share the worst about lips and other things, which still scars my psyche 25 years on. But kids love hot dogs, and they will continue to endure as one of the great hallmarks of the summer season.
So… hot dogs. Who knew that in a great many many many varieties… milk is a standard ingredient? And hey, I’m not talking about those cheese-injected hot dogs.
I didn’t. At least, not before I became a label-reading uber yuppiemom wearing a cape and trying to defend a toddler with dairy allergies from the scourges of the commercial food industry.
Well, the good news is that there’s plenty of hot dogs that don’t contain milk. The bad news is the way a lot of their labels look. But that’s a tale for another time, as that has less to do with allergies and more to do with additives.