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      10.05.2011 20:38
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      Lovely smokey flavoured pork frankfurter; easy and quick to cook.

      The Herta frankfurter website states that ' in 1852 in Frankfurt, the German Butchers Guild introduced a perfectly spiced and smoked sausage that was packed in a thin skin-surprisingly they called it a frankfurter'
      (http://www.hertafrankfurters.co.uk/about/)

      Herta frankfurters were first introduced to the UK in 1988.

      I have often heard that frankfurters or hot dogs are unhealthy and are basically made out of rubbish ingredients. However, Herta frankfurters are made with '100% pork that is smoked using natural beechwood'

      I have tried quite a few different variries of frankfurters but the only one i buy now is Herta. In my view they taste just as you would expect a decent hot dog to taste; with a lovely smoky flavour. I really like them! When i have hot dogs i have them with a warm hot dog roll and tomato ketchup; i occassionally mix some mustard in with it too.

      I have tried some terrible hot dogs in tins before and i just dont like them and to be honest i will admit with some of the ones i have tasted i have dreaded the thought of what was in them! and i never buy hot dogs from the hot dog stand. But thats just me and maybe im being a little cynical. I supposse i just like to try to be sure of what im eating, more so these days.

      My kids both love Herta Frankfurters; for some reason they don't really like having them in hot dog rolls any more, but just like to eat them on their own with tomato ketchup! I think they have found the hot dog rolls to be too filling.

      I dont actually eat Hot dogs much now, but on occassions, especially if i am making them for the kids, i really enjoy having the odd one myself. They are also lovely with fried onion.

      You can also get Jumbo Herta frankfurters and Chicken frankfurters. I have tried the jumbo ones before, and they are good but a bit too filling for me, so i always get the classic ones now. I have never tried the Chicken frankfurters and to be honest a chicken frankfurter doesnt really appeal to me.

      ~~Hot dog eating contest~~

      In Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, each year there is a world famous hot dog eating contest at a restaurant called Nathans. It is held on July 4th (Independance day). In 2010 the current world and now 4 x in a row champion, Joey Chestnut consumed 54 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes!!

      ~~Ingredients/Nutrition~~

      Pork; 74%
      Water
      Pork fat
      Lactose
      Salt
      Milk proteins
      Flavouring (with celery)
      Wheat fibre
      Yeast
      Pea protein
      Dextrose
      Colours (camine, paprika extract)
      Preservative (sodium nitrate)
      Antioxidant (sodium erythorbate)
      Natural beechwood smoke

      Oddly enough Herta frankfurters are not that fattening; Each classic one has 98 kcals in it

      Per 35g frankfurter there are 0.7g of sugar; 8.8g of fat; 3.4g of saturates and 0.6g of salt.

      A child (aged 5-10) GDA re salt intake is 4.0g. So many foods have salt in them its quite incredible but i wouldnt say that this product is excessively salty.

      There are no artificial colours in Herta classic frankfurters and they can be kept frozen for as long as 3 months.

      ~~Cooking~~

      There are alot of ways to cook these frankfurters; they can be grilled, shallow fried, baked or done in the microwave. Besides this they can even be barbequed if you so wish. Personally, i go for the easy and most quick option; microwave. You have to be careful you dont over microwave them or they can get too cooked and start to shrivel up!

      I bought this packet of 10 franfurters for £1.75 from Asda. I always freeze them and the kids only ever eat 2 in one go; so all in all, its a pretty good buy.

      These are a great tasting frankfurter, and as i like them so much ive decided to award them 5 stars.

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        26.01.2011 19:22

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        One of the only foods that I never get bored with no matter how many times I eat them!

        For the past couple of years I have practically lived off these things! I am of course not advocating this, as a balanced and healthy lifestyle requires a wide ranging diet, but they are so simple to cook and good to eat that I often now find myself placing them in the microwave almost subsconsciously when I get home. First of all, pricewise i've always thought they're a bit on the expensive side, but i've also found that this is probably due to the lack of competition it has in the market - a couple of times I've seen some cheap alternatives but their taste matched their price - awful and rubbery. To cook, I often microwave (in between a plate and an upturned bowl) - when getting them out make sure you don't burn yourself as theres often a lot of steam relaeased when taking the bowl off - best to leave it in the microwave for a bit after they're cooked. My folks of course cook them the proper way, on the hob in boiling water, but I am too impatient for that!

        I usually just eat them on their own, or in bread with some tomato ketchup, and I must confess I do eat them at breakfast (with a bowl of bran flakes) and often in the evening in a stir fry. This is probably overdoing it, but like I've said, they're so easy and quick to cook that when you're busy doing other things they're the perfect snack!

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        05.04.2010 10:33
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        Slippery suckers until you cook em!

        Packaging

        In a shrink wrap plastic packing they look fine if a tad insubstantial, with the red Herta logo and a photo of a couple of frankfurters they look fine, be careful there are no breaks in the packaging though as this means that brine will leak out and this can be a pain to get out of clothes.

        Cost:

        The Frankfurters are available in all major supermarkets a 10 pack of classic frankfurters currently costs £1.79 in Tesco and Asda although both do have special offers where you can get 2 for 1 or sometimes get them for around £1.20, we tend to stock up when this is the case and freeze a few packs for when we need them.


        Taste:

        These are pre-cooked so you could eat them straight from the pack, but I wouldn't as they taste soggy and a bit sickly, they are best fried or grilled where the oak smoked flavour comes out more and allows you to use them for a variety of things.

        What can you use em for?

        These are very adaptable, you can make hot dogs with them, use them in pasta, lentil and sausage casserole, use as an ingredient in Chilli Con Carne, in sandwiches, as part of a fry up breakfast as a quick and easy alternative to sausages.

        Cooking takes a matter of minutes just to heat and colour them up, the frankfurters themselves are thin slippery things about 4.5 inches long which smell strongly of brine until cooked.

        Herta have realised the power of the flexibility of these things and have a list of recipes on their website which is pretty good, www.hertafrankfurters.co.uk the recipes are easy to follow and don't take too long or require too many ingredients which is awesome. The frankfurters have to be refrigerated and can last for a month before use.

        Overall

        A good adaptable fridge ingredient, these can be eaten on their own, with chips, in pasta with rice, in casseroles or in chilli and they taste good, for £1.79 a pack of 10 can easily feed a family of four and can be bought from any good supermarket.

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          10.03.2010 22:27
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          Get out the tom sauce!!

          I really DON'T like tinned hot dog sausages, so I decided to try Herta Frankfurters (Classics) whilst they were on special offer.
          I'm not sure how much I paid at the time, Tesco Express are currently charging £1.86 per pack (10).

          They are a great quick and easy snack and can be cooked in a microwave, simmered in water, grilled or shallow fried. I use a microwave as it only takes 1 minute 10 seconds to cook two frankfurters (E 850w).
          The instructions mention covering with a plate but I just whack they in and open the door before they start to split!
          Then it's straight on to a finger roll with lots of tomato sauce and plenty of onions.
          They taste great, slightly smoked, although not as evident as with eg smoked bacon.
          There isn't that much of an aroma whilst cooking - they cook too quickly! Although they do tend to leave a lingering smell on your hands - so I suggest a quick wash immediately after handling!

          The meat used is 100% pork, with the ingredients totalling 74% pork.
          Each 35g frankfurter contains 98 calories and has a fat content of 8.8g (of which saturates 3.4g).

          It seems that they are no longer just sausages to be put in a bun. The Herta website provides many weird and wonderful recipes. I have tried Herta chilli, this I wasn't too keen on. I don't think the texture of the sausage suited the dish.
          One of my favourites is red pepper, courgette and frankfurter pasta. This is a light and enjoyable dish and simple to make. I divide the ingredients, adding Quorn as an alternative to the frankfurter as my partner is veggie (awkward!).

          The Herta range inludes classics (10), chicken (10), minis (18) and jumbo (4). They come in easy to open, colourful packaging. They should be stored in the fridge after opening.
          They are also suitable for freezing - very useful as as I spotted four packets of classics in the reduced cabinet! 37p what a bargain!

          If you are looking for a relatively cheap, quick to make, tasty snack then look no further!

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            20.02.2010 13:33
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            quality frankfurter

            Most weekend, I usually prepare a proper breakfast for my family and aside from mushrooms, sausages, eggs, bacon, we also love frankfurter or hotdog. When it comes to frankfurter, we only have one brand that we trust and its herta frankfurters classic. It's been our number one choice when it comes to taste and quality. We used to try other brand but the taste is very different, the kids can easily recognize it.

            HISTORY
            Herta got their brilliant name from a German town of Herten, where Ludwig Schweisforth opened his first butchers shop in 1902. His local shop flourished and grew into a factory. In 1947 Herta was born and had spread across Europe by 1963, then was bought by Nestle in 1986. Launched in the UK in 1988 and by 2000, Herta sold over 150 million frankfurters and now become UK's no. 1 frankfurter.


            HERTA
            It's available in two sizes, a pack of 10 weights 350g and a pack of 4 which weights 140g. It's lined up in a row wrapped in an airtight packaging. It can be cook through microwave, grill, simmering, frying and barbecue. It takes about 4 minutes or so to prepare, very convenient and easy. When it comes to price 10 pack cost £1.79 while 4 pack cost £1.09 so it's probably best to get more when they're on offer as they can be expensive compared to other brand. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months which make them a great stand-by meal. It gives me variety of choices as well if I fancy a quick snack.


            INGREDIENTS
            Pork (74%), Water, Pork Fat, Lactose, Salt, Milk Proteins, Flavouring (with Celery), Wheat Fibre, Yeast, Pea Protein, Dextrose, Colours: Carmine, Paprika Extract, Preservative: Sodium Nitrite, Antioxidant: Sodium Erythorbate, Natural Beechwood Smoke.

            Herta's frankfurters are smoked, using natural beechwood chips that give the unique flavor.


            OPINION
            I'm not exactly saying that herta frankfurter is the healthiest product around but they are also a good source of protein that is quite perfect for children snacks or even in picnics. It usually depends on how we mix and match them with other meal. It definitely gives extra flavour to various dishes. I usually sliced them in small pieces and sprinkled with my spaghetti bolognese sauce as well as with my vegetable soup and it really gives an extra yummy taste without overpowering the meal. It's very quick to prepare and tasty unlike cheaper hot dogs. We also enjoy them with bread, chips, pizza and salad. So if you are interested with other new recipe, their website offer various menu that is easy and quick to make. Recipes have been checked by food expert so you know exactly what you're eating. Who would expect that it can also be part of our balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Well, It's definitely up to us....

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              16.02.2010 14:06
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              Have you tried baked pleated potato

              From time to time I buy Herta Frankfurters in Sainsbury's. They are available in two sizes: a pack of 10 which weights 350 g for 1.79 pounds (now on offer in Sainsbury's two packs for 3 pounds) and there is a pack of 4 which weights 140 g for 1.09 pounds. They are wrapped in a strong foil which on the front side is coloured and presents the frankfurters while on the back side it is transparent and there are white coloured rectangular on it with the nutrition information and ingredients.


              How Herta suggests preparing it?
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              Oven cook - From Chilled/Ambient: Baking on a parchment lined baking sheet in preheated oven on 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 without package for 6-8 minutes.

              Microwave - From Chilled/Ambient: Remove from packaging and place on a microwaveable plate, cover with another microwaveable plate and cook on half power (Heating Category B 650W - 1 min 30 secs. ; Heating Category E 850W - 1 min 10 secs.). Leave to stand for 1 minute before eating.

              Grill - From Chilled/Ambient: Remove from packaging. Place under a pre-heated moderate grill for 4-6 minutes, turning occasionally.

              Barbecue - From Chilled/Ambient: Also suitable for Barbecuing.

              Shallow Fry - From Chilled/Ambient: Remove from packaging. Fry in a little oil over a moderate heat for 4 minutes, turning frequently.

              Hob - From Chilled/Ambient: Simmering: Place in a pan of simmering water for 4 minutes without package.


              My suggestion
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              Besides eating them with ketchup or mustard and bread you can prepare hot dogs out of them. What our real favourite is baked pleated potato.

              For 4 persons I cook 1.5 kg potato in salted water when ready I peel them. I boil 4 eggs and peel them. I put the ingredients in an ovenproof pan the following way: first I spread a little butter in the pan then I cut 1/3 of the potatoes into slices then two eggs into slices and 5 chilled Frankfurters into slices and I spice them with salt and pepper. Then I cover it with a half pot of Sainsbury's Soured Cream. Then I put again a layer of potatoes, eggs, frankfurters, salt, pepper and soured cream. I cover them with the rest of the potatoes and I put grated cheese on the top of it and bake it in the oven for at least half an hour until the cheese is nicely roasted on the top of it.


              Ingredients
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              Pork (74%), Water, Pork Fat, Lactose, Salt, Milk Proteins, Flavouring (with Celery), Wheat Fibre, Yeast, Pea Protein, Dextrose, Colours: Carmine, Paprika Extract, Preservative: Sodium Nitrite, Antioxidant: Sodium Erythorbate, Natural Beechwood Smoke.


              Nutritional information per 100 g:
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              Energy: 281kcal
              Protein: 12.0 g
              Carbohydrate: 2.0 g
              of which sugars: 2.0 g
              Fat: 25.0 g
              of which saturates: 9.8 g
              Fibre: 1.4 g
              Sodium: 0.7 g
              Salt equivalent: 1.8 g


              My opinion
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              I think these frankfurters are really tasty. I love their smoky taste and they go really well with fresh bread or rolls. I like them with Dijon mustard but my husband and my elder son loves them with ketchup. They are really crunchy.

              A frankfurter is about 15-20 cm long and as thick as a finger. You can boil them in water in 5 minutes and they are ready to eat. You can stock up when they are on offer because they can be frozen and they don't stick to each other so hard that you cannot get out 1 or 2 of the pack whenever you want.
              Thanks for reading!

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                14.08.2009 17:43
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                A versatile brand of hot dog sausages.

                These ready cooked hot dog sausages have easily become one of my favourite snacks. Unlike tinned hot dogs that tend to be drowned in brine, these are packaged as a layer of up to ten in an airtight envelope. This gives them a nicer consistency than the tinned variety. They are also a little longer and fit much better in a decent sized finger roll.

                These can be cooked with little hassle in a saucepan or microwave, they taste pretty good and don't develop the gritty texture some cheaper hot dogs do. Even better, these can be eaten cold, straight out of the packet. They are even more delicious cold and I can clear a packet with ease.

                My only real criticism is that these are fairly expensive and a pack of ten will cost you around £2. While this isn't bad for a quality product, the difference between these and tinned hot dogs is debatable.

                Otherwise these are tasty sausages, good for snacks and picnics and can even be added to other meals without losing their flavour. They last a decent amount of time in the fridge and are a nice alternative to tins.

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                  08.05.2009 08:46
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                  A nice little top up for a variety of dishes

                  Herta Frankfurters is such a brilliant name non? Based on the classic German frankfurter this product is available in Asda atm for a pack of 10 at only 1.00. I found myself looking for something new to add to my pasta and the result was this.

                  On first glance they're not exactly the healthiest product around with each frankfurter containing 98 calories and of course the ingredients are also questionable. 74% of the frankfurter is actually pork whilst the rest seems to be made up of water and pork fat.

                  Ignoring those facts aside I think this is a very conveniant and also extremely tasty product. They're available in packs of 4 or 10 and there is also a chicken alternative available as well as a much larger frankfurter which could be used in hot dogs for instance. The packaging is bright and attractive and fairly sumple showing a picture of the frankfurters on the front and the slogan 'everyone loves 'em!' The back of the packet lists various cooking information and nutrition statistics as well as highlighting just how versatile the product is.

                  You can cook them either by microwave, grill, simmering or frying and each result takes about 4 minutes or so makinjg them very quick to prepare. There's also various suggestions on how to use them whether its just with chips or on a pizza even in a salad or my own personal favourites - combined with a home made pasta sauce and pasta itself.

                  When you actually open the packet the sausages are lined up in a row and the smoky smell immediately hits your senses. Each sausage is probably a bit longer than a standard 15cm ruler and isn't very thick however the moment they touch your taste buds the flavour kicks in. They have a rather soft and rubbery texture due to the skin but the meat itself is wonderful and you can find yourself eating an entire packet in a few seconds sometimes! They're not smoked too much meaning that the blend of flavours is just right to give you the best taste possible.

                  Whilst some people may argue that the product is too processed you can easily balance that out by dicing them and having them in a salad. They give a variety of dishes an extra flavour without overpowering the rest of the meal. They're a wonderful idea especially for children though are probably best tracking down when they're on offer as they can be quite expensive normally compared to just a normal tin of hot dogs. You can't really open a pack and leave some of the frankfurters for more than a couple of days but you are able to freeze them if needed.

                  Whilst Herta Frankfurters might not seem like your first stop when food shopping they are quick to prepare, very versatile and extremely tasty so I very much recommend giving them a try.

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