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      03.02.2014 17:32
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      Tasty hotdogs

      From time to time I buy a tin of hot dogs so that I can use them typically in my lunches by either having proper hot dogs in rolls, or chopping them up into small chunks and putting them in a pasta salad. I'm not entirely sure if that sounds particularly appetising, as hot dogs (particularly the tin kind as opposed to the sealed packaging kind) are often like marmite, and people have strong opinions either way. I happen to really enjoy them, but they are definitely something I only eat occasionally. I don't eat value range meat products, mostly out of habit as my Mum never bought these either, so that only really leaves this brand for me. Luckily, its one I happen to enjoy and so I purchase either this variety, or the 'American style' product, which is essentially identical but the hot dogs are a little longer in size.

      The packaging is a little different to the main image here, and is a quite rich green colour with a picture of piping hot hot dogs once cooked. I don't find it that appealing, despite enjoying hot dogs myself, simply because its very difficult to make a hot dog look that appetising really, as the colour is quite matte and brown. It is a pull lid which I prefer to tin opening kinds, as my wrists are too weak to wrench at my hand operated tin opener, and I find I spill the brine on myself which isn't a very pleasant experience, especially as the brine smell isn't one I happen to enjoy.

      The tin contains 8 hot dogs. This is usually a bit too much really, as myself and my partner only really use half the tin, so I have to come up with other recipes. I have left the remaining hot dogs in the brine before, but that involves trying to measure out half of the brine to keep them fresh, and have enough to cook the others in. Instead, now I just cook them all in one batch and refrigerate the others once cooled to use in another meal throughout the day or the next.

      Cooking is very simple. You simply pour out the contents of the tin into a saucepan and cook on a medium heat for around 5-7 minutes. This means this is a product you can have as a quick snap as the time it takes to cook is usually about the same time it takes me to chop some onion and slice my rolls in half. Its all very easy to do and is nice when you're feeling lazy.

      The ingredients don't exactly make for the most attractive list. They contain quite a few E numbers, as well as 55% chicken, an unspecified amount of pork, and some salt, herbs and flavouring.

      The product is very cheap, at around 50-70p depending on where you buy it from. The contents are obviously not 100% pork, and so long as you are aware and ok with this, then its an excellent product for those who like the hot dog taste. The texture is smooth and there is a nice consistency, although they can burn if you heat them too high, and I tend to just cut off these parts as it comes away very easily from the rest. It is available in most supermarkets in the tinned goods aisle and so is a perfect case of an impulse buy for me, when I see the tin and just fancy having them. I would recommend them, but only for those who are assured hot dog likers, as like I said hot dogs are often a polarising food.

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        07.03.2011 19:21
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        A nice litte snack

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        ASDA do quite a nice finger roll, perhaps just a little sweet, but nice just the same. We usually have some kind of cold meat on them, with a thin slice of tomato and they come up tops every time. ASDA do have an availability problem from time to time with their cold meats, sometimes the shelf is bare. On one visit when we found them such we had a little saunter around to find a substitute. We were not looking for anything in particular just something to make a nice finger roll.


        Ye Olde Oak

        Ye Olde Oak is a brand I am very familiar with since I just adore their pear shaped tins of ham. So when I spied their Premium Hot Dogs on offer for a quid I dived in. The tin is brightly coloured in mostly greens, and is clearly identified as Premium Hot Dogs. There is a picture of the dogs on the front with some ketchup on, so their designers have psychic abilities too. The can is easy opened being that it is a ring pull type.

        In small writing to the bottom of the tin it states

        ** only 29 Kcal per Hot Dog
        ** No Artificial Flavours
        ** No GM ingredients

        Each Hot Dog contains

        .1g sugar <1% of GDA
        2.2g fat 3% of GDA
        .5g salt 9% of GDA
        .9g Saturated fat 5% of GDA


        The light brown colour hot dogs are almost six inches long and about half an inch in diameter. They actually look quite peely wally. The texture of each dog on cutting open is quite smooth, a lot smoother than I had anticipated. There were tiny bits of meat or whatever which were visible but in general they looked very smooth. They definitely smelled of some kind of meat, not so sure it was pork, but it smelled nice enough. I counted to check that there were the stated 8 Hot Dogs in the tin and indeed there was.

        To cook the dogs you simply boil them in the liquid in which they arrive with in the tin. This is a little salty so you can if you, which simply use fresh water and boil until very hot all the way through. During this process the smell will be heightened and it is a good time to butter the finger rolls and get the onions on.

        The dogs fit pretty well on most finger type rolls, there is enough space for a few onions, and a dollop of ketchup or mustard is optional. I was surprised by the taste they were very meaty but also quite salty, which the onions tended to compensate for. I say surprised but I knew they be OK since I do like Ye Olde Oak products, they were just like the ones.............no better than the ones you get a fairgrounds.


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        All in all I loved my dogs and I will most certainly be having them again, they were tasty, filling, and they were fun. At a quid they are great value and the kids will luv em. Make sure you gets your Hot Dog first cos them little tykes will have em away.

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          20.11.2009 21:06
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          Fancy A Hot Dog

          These are a fave in our house and even though I don't normally eat hot dogs I had one today when I cooked a tin of them up for my little sisters.

          You get 8 hot dog sausages in a tin that is full of brine, they are pork hot dog sausages and look like thin frankfurters and have a similar texture but the flavour obviously isn't as good or strong.

          They don't look that nice but are quite firm to bite into, you can pick them up out of the saucepan with a fork without them breaking off and they have got a yummy smoky meaty smell while they're warming through. They only take about 5 mins to heat up and you just tip the sausages and brine into a saucepan and that's all you have to do.

          I had mine with fried onions, mushrooms and red sauce and it was yummy. The hot dog tasted like a smaller version of the ones you buy from the takeaway hot dog stands and I loved how fresh and meaty it tasted.

          For quickness these are the business. My little sisters love them, especially my 2 year old sister who thinks she's so clever eating her hot dog sausage in a bun like the rest of us. Once I remember using these while I was at school to mix in with pasta and then I put some sort of creamy dressing on it all, it must have been good because I cooked it loads of times and then forgot about it. I'll have to make another one now I've started thinking about it because it was a nice tasty quick meal!

          At the minute these hot dog sausages are on buy one get one free in Morrisons so you get 2 tins for 99p. Bargain!

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            29.10.2009 16:12
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            Tasty treat for Bonfire night

            With Bonfire night round the corner you will notice supermarkets stocking their shelves with the usual goodies ready for the occasion.

            Parkin, Toffee Apples and Cinder toffee make their annual appearance and the tins of Hot Dogs get moved to a more prominent position ready to tempt you as your walking by. Being a sucker for such obvious marketing ploys I recently picked up a can of Ye Olde Oak Premium hotdogs and had them for lunch one day last week.

            A 184g drained weight contain 8 hotdogs and Ye Olde Oak tell us that these are an 'Improved Recipe' you are advised that there are no artificial colours, No GM ingredients and that the hotdogs are made from 'selected cuts of meat'

            Cooking instructions couldn't be simpler really, add the hotdogs to a pan of hot water (not boiling) and heat gently for approximately 5 minutes. Drain, and then serve - traditionally in a roll with a topping of your choice normally tomato ketchup or mustard.

            Surprisingly each hot dog isn't that bad for you, GDA information advises that each hot dog contains 30 calories, 0 sugars, 1.8g of fat, 0.8g saturates and 0.4g of salt.

            The list of ingredients is a bit of an eye-opener with quite a few E numbers included: Chicken 72%, water, starch, pork fat, pork collagen, hydrolysed vegetable protein, thickeners (E412, E451) beef collagen, dextrose, herbs & spices (including celery) natural smoke flavour, preservative (E250) flavouring (contains milk, lactose, wheat and gluten) acidity regulator (E330)

            Quite clearly if you have Allergen issues you are going to struggle with this product, but for those who can tolerate just about anything then you are ready for the taste.

            I found these hot dogs to be meaty and satisfying, their smooth texture chews nicely and all in all I enjoyed them. Perfect with onions and ketchup in a bridge roll they are a tasty treat for bonfire night and just about any time of the year. They are not too thick that they taste like a sausage and for me they are a good branded product.

            At around 45p a can they're not going to break the bank, they're not going to suit everybody but what do you really expect from a Hot Dog? I like them and would definitely buy them again.

            4/5 from me

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              16.10.2009 17:02
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              A Pretty Nice Can Of Convenient HotDog Sausages.

              There are days when I just don't have the time or the incilination to cook nutritious, cheap, healthy meals and sometimes I want to have a blow out without really going to mad on the calories. Nights like this call for Ye Olde Oak Hotdogs in Wholemeal Buns with some low-fat cheese and healthy living ketchup.

              Ye Olde Oak Hotdogs are provided in an aluminium can and come packaged in salty brine water which is ideal for pouring straight in to a pan and gently heating for a few minutes until the hotdogs are lovely and soft and tender whilst still having a slightly crisp, almost crunchy, outer 'skin. I normally find that I end up cooking mine for around 5 minutes just to make sure they are completely cooked as there is nothing worse than dishing them up, patting them dry, dressing them in a bun and then biting in to find that they are still hard in the middle. This can be really off putting for me and I'd rather leave them a little longer than suggested on the can just to be on the safe side.

              These hotdogs have a nice taste to them and a fairly chewy texture. These are similar to the small sausages that you get in a can of beans & sausages except these ones are larger in size. I usually struggle to get a bun that they will actually fit in to but then when you're hungry and in a hurry who cares if some sausage is poking out of one end!

              These are a great snack for little ones as they usually see hotdogs as a real treat and I know that the little ones in my family love nothing more than food that comes in buns and it's easy enough to allow them two sausages and two buns with a little relish/sauce and cheese without pumping them full of rubbish. I also love a few hotdogs as they are just yummy and take me back to childhood. I think everyone loves to indulge in a little rubbish now and again and I usually only find myself eating these during the summer months as there is just something about them that makes me think of summer!

              Ingredients
              Hotdog: Chicken (72%), Water, Potato Starch, Pork Fat, Salt, Pork Collagen, Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (contains Soya), Thickeners (E412, 415), Beef Collagen, Dextrose, Herbs, Spices, Natural Smoke Flavour, Preservative (E250), Flavouring (contains Wheat, Gluten), Acidity Regulator (E330), Brine: Water, Salt.

              Each 23g hotdog sausage contains 30 calories, 2.3g protein, 1.0g carbohydrates, 1.8g fat, 0.4g salt. These should still be enjoyed in moderation with the little ones due to their salt content but overall they really aren't too bad at all!

              I am going to rate these 4/5 as they make a lovely meal which isn't too high in calories and the only downside for me is that sometimes there is a really horrible scent to hotdogs which some days bothers me and same days doesn't and I don't really like the word 'hotdog' to be honest! I paid around £1.20 for my can from my local cornershop and I believe this is a similar price to the supermarkets.

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                08.10.2009 13:18
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                Not the hottest of dogs! >:-o

                I could never be described as the world's biggest carnivore, and in fact I was vegetarian for about ten years. I have major problems trying to eat any 'real' meat because I was vegetarian for so long, and in fact any meat-based products that I do eat need to be processed to within an inch of their lives, otherwise there is very little chance that they will pass my lips!

                It was whilst I was in my local Asda supermarket that my eye happened upon a display of tinned products. One of the tins was a bright green colour and so caught my eye easily. Taking a closer look, I saw that the tin contained 8 hot dogs and this immediately put me in the mood for this snack. I decided to buy the tin of hot dogs and some 'sub' style rolls and make this snack for me and my partner.

                I will point out for the purposes of this review that the packaging is slightly different from that shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page. The tin's label is now a bottle green shade, although I do think that the packaging still looks like something from the 1980's!? It most certainly has a bit of a retro feel to it...

                The product in question is from the "Ye Olde Oak" brand of foods. The 184g tin containing eight hot dog sausages cost me around 70p in Asda, which I did think offered very good value for money. I could see from the front of the tin's label that the product contained 'No Artificial colours' and 'No G.M Ingredients' which did strike me as being amusing, given that we all know how much rubbish is contained in your average hot dog sausage!?

                Anyway, when I opened the tin (with my tin-opener, as there was no ring pull on the top) I could see the eight hot dogs quite clearly. They looked just as I expected they would, which was quite thin and a medium-reddish brown colour. I could also see that the brine that the hot dogs were soaking in looked to be quite greasy.

                Seeing from the tin's label that the hot dogs were going to take only a few minutes to heat and prepare, I liked this aspect of cooking them as I struggle to stand for too long and so I did feel that this was a very quick and convenient snack for me to prepare.

                True enough, after cooking or heating for five minutes or so, the hot dogs looked to have changed colour slightly, and I removed them from the heat. I chose on this occasion to serve each one in a long 'sub' roll with ketchup and mustard.

                My partner absolutely loved these and asked me to buy them again. Unfortunately that will not be happening any time soon as I really didn't like the taste of these hot dogs. I absolutely hate chicken or poultry and to me, these hot dogs tasted really chickeny!

                This struck me as being a bit odd, and didn't remind me at all of those big jumbo 'American Style' hot dogs that my mum used to buy for me and my sister when we were youngsters at all! I was utterly disappointed in the overall taste of these and discarded my hot dog after consuming only about half of it. My partner on the other hand loved these and ate several of these, so I guess it is down to personal choice!

                To be fair, I did think that the Ye Olde Oak hot dogs had a very pleasant texture to them. I found that they were very smooth in consistency and I found no bits of gristle or hard bits! I was extremely surprised and very pleased about this, as I find there is really nothing worse when eating a meat problem, and given my difficulties with eating meat in the first place, this is most definitely something I can do without.

                The smoky taste to these hot dogs was quite pleasant and I didn't find it to be too over-powering, which I was surprised at. I do find that cheaper hot dogs in general seem to be very strong in respect of their smoky flavouring, but the 'Ye Olde Oak' ones were actually quite subtle!

                The nutritional information on the label informs me that each hot dog - which is around 23g - provides me with 37 calories and 2.4g of fat. I did think that this was quite a lot considering the hot dogs are not exactly massive in size... That said though, as I mentioned earlier, the amount of rubbish that goes into hot dogs when they are making them most likely accounts for all of those calories!

                Whilst I am on the subject, I would most definitely recommend that anybody who is slightly squeamish about meat products or animal by-products should most definitely NOT read the packaging or ingredients lists if you decide to buy hot dogs for yourself... Trust me on this one!

                Overall, I would award the hot dogs one star. They were really disappointing and I would not buy them again (regardless of my other half's requests!). A poor offering...!

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                  05.08.2009 11:45
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                  A quick meal that can be made in minutes

                  I have always found that when I have sausage and beans from the same tin (you know the hot dog type) that you have loads of beans and few sausages. For this reason I have for many years just bought beans and a separate tin of sausages. This gives me a higher ratio of sausages - and if a man wants his sausages, he must have his sausages:-)

                  Yesterday was no exception. I was walking along the aisle at my local Asda looking for hot dog sausages, and immediately I saw a choice of about 6 different types. This particular make caught my eye as it was on buy one get one free. The tin is slightly different in design to the one pictured. It is green in colour with a couple of pictures of hot dogs in rolls. They now refer to them as Premium Hot Dogs in brine!!

                  So lets talk about the experience. Well firstly the tin has one of those pull tabs, so you don't need a tin opener. This might not sound a big thing but it does help. Upon opening the tin I am met with 8 'slim' sausages staring at me, longing to be put in the pan. The sausages themselves looked a bit thinner than the ones I am usually accustomed too. They were in brine.

                  I emptied the sausages into my pan and gently heated them for 5 minutes as I was told to do on the tin. After 5 mins I drained the brine and hey presto I had 8 piping hot sausages ready to be eaten. Before I added them to my beans I decided to eat one by itself (for review purposes only:-) I found that the texture of the outside of the sausage appeared to be quite rubbery. A little more rubbery than other brands I have tried, but nothing that worried me. Once through the outer casing I then came across the inners of the sausage. It was extremely tasty and melted in my mouth. So no complaints there.

                  So what were the ingredients. Well hold onto your hair because here you may be amazed. I certainly was.........................72% chicken. I couldn't believe what I was reading. Just to make sure I summoned my darling wife over and she nearly fell over also. Chicken!!!! You can't be serious. Well yes I am. A large amount of chicken too.

                  Here are the rest of the ingredients, including a few E's to keep you on the ball.

                  Chicken 72%
                  Water
                  Potato Starch
                  Pork Fat
                  Salt
                  Pork Collagen
                  Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (contains Soya)
                  Thickeners E412, E451
                  Beef Collagen
                  Dextrose
                  Herbs
                  Spices
                  Natural Smoke Flavour
                  Preservative E250
                  Flavourings (contains Wheat Gluten)
                  Acidity Regulator E330

                  Brine:Water, Salt

                  May contain traces of Celery and Milk

                  It also boasts No Artificial Colours
                  Selected cuts of meat
                  No GM Ingredients

                  Nutrition per hot dog

                  Energy 30kcal
                  Protein 2.3g
                  Carbohydrate 1.0g
                  (of which sugars) 0.0g
                  Fat 1.8g
                  (of which saturated) 0.8g
                  mono-unsaturated 0.6g
                  poly-unsaturated 0.5g
                  Fibre 0.0g
                  Sodium 0.2g
                  Salt Equivalent 0.4g

                  Recommendation: Well to be honest I was going to give this 5/5 until I read the salt content. 0.4g per dog is a huge amount in my understanding, especially when I usually eat about 4 of them, so they are going to drop 2 stars here. They do taste delicious though, even if unhealthy - so I guess they are okay as a treat!!!

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                    05.08.2009 09:19
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                    easy to cook, and easy to keep (quick and easy meal).

                    Ye Olde Oak Hot Dogs. in brine.


                    Having my grandchildren around on a fairly regular basis i like to try new ideas for different things to give them either as a snack or as a main meal, and i recently found that a tin of Hot Dogs, is great to have in the cupboard for a quick and easy meal.

                    The Can **********

                    Has a pull ring top, which i think are great because you can open them easily, and then they are ready to serve. The Can shows a picture of hot dogs on the front, and they come in brine, with no artificial flavours or ingredients.

                    The Can contains eight of these hot dogs, and i just either cook mine on the hob for a few minutes in a saucepan or in the mircrowave for a few minutes.

                    Either way they only take a few minutes and then they are ready to serve.

                    The can recommends that you tip into previously boiling water for a five minute period.

                    I like to serve them in bread rolls, or hot dog rolls, with a bit of tomatoe ketchup on them, along side a few oven chips, as i dont personally eat fat chips, cooked in fat or fried food in any way, shape or form.

                    Great with a nice side salad too.

                    Hot Dogs contains hotdog, chicken, potato starch, water, pork fat, hydrolysed vegtables. does contain soya, thickeners, herbs and spices, natural smoke flavours, milk lactose, wheat gluten, egg, salt and brine water.

                    The can contains 400grams net weight, and 184grams when the brine is taken away, incidentally i tip the brine out and just cook mine in water as that is my preference.

                    Each hot dog contains 29 calories, which isnt too bad, sugars 0.1g, fat 2.2g, salt 0.5g.

                    They are also great to cut into smaller pieces and pop onto a stick when doing sasages on stick for a birthday or special occasion party.

                    I just think that they are great to keep in the cupboard for when you have unexpected visitors around, and for around £1.00 a can they are a great meal, and i find that three of these in hot dog rolls, with a few oven chips and maybe a few beans are great for a dinner for one of my seven grandchildren when they pop over and are hungry.

                    I would always buy a couple of these cans and keep them in the food cupboard for a rainy day so to speak.

                    Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. xx

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                      26.06.2009 10:24
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                      8 Hot Dogs in brine: they taste nice, just don't look at what's in them

                      For some strange and twisted reason, I have a particular liking to this type of 'sausage', the frankfurter style sausage which is coined as a hot dog sausage. This particular brand is one I hadn't tried before, opting instead for whatever has been on Tesco's shelves before. However, I popped into the Co-Op on Sunday and bought a tin of these.

                      Ye Olde Oak Hot Dogs contains 8 of the sausages, in brine, and to cook them couldn't be simpler. The tin tells you to empty the hot dogs into a pan of hot, but not boiling, water, heat gently for 5 minutes and then serve. It's not clear whether you drain on the brine first or not, but I generally do with this type of product, so I did on this occasion.

                      They have recommendations as for usage but you can really do what you want with them. I like to have them in a roll or a bun as you would perhaps expect if you went ot get a Hot Dog, say at the fair or the cinema or somewhere. I usually add a bit of French's mustard for a real Hot Dog feel, but again, you can add anything you want. Similarly, they're really handy to use if you chop them up and add them to a salad or a pasta dish.

                      Tastewise, they're very smooth and flavoursome, although there is a bit of a worrying artificial taste to it. They have a solid outer skin which is easy to simply bite through, before you get what seem like processed meat on the inside. However, the taste is quite nice, so the contents don't particularly worry me........

                      .......that is, until I looked at the ingredients list. 55% of the ingredients are mechanically recovered chicken! I mean, what exactly does this entail? How do you mechanically 'recover' chicken? A bit worrying, to say the least! Then there's water, pork fat and pork collagen. I'm not entirely sure what collagen is, but it rings bells of cholesterol or something similar. I know I've heard of it before, and I'm sure it's not particularly healthy. There is also a natural smoke flavour added, not that you can really taste it very much, perhaps it's masked by the beef collagen that also appears on the list, just after the chicken fat!

                      Okay, enough of the ingredients, they're worrying me a little too much. Let's focus more on the taste, which is actually quite nice. No doubt, I won't be able to eat another of these without a certain amount of trepidation and worry, but then I didn't really buy them for their nutritional content. I bought them because I know I like the taste of Hot Dogs, and these aren't really any different.

                      Value wise, decide for yourself. I can't remember the exact price, but I know it was less than £1 for a tin of 8 Hot Dogs. Other brands can be more expensive, I know, but ultimately, I wasn't surprised at the price. I'd recommend these if you like this sort of product. If you're not sure what to expect, then sure, they are a little like sausages, although they are predominantly made of chicken, and not the good parts. I wouldn't worry too much, nutritionally, as if you're buying these, then they're not going to be for nutritional reasons. Just enjoy the flavoursome, if somewhat artifical taste, wrap it in a bun and slop on some mustard. Job done!

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                        Don't buy them PLEASE!!

                        Everybody likes hot dogs, well most people do. I personally like them best when I have cooked sausages for myself on the barbeque and then squirted on some ketchup or a dollop of hamburger relish. They taste brilliant this way. However for bonfire night last year the weather wasn't good enough for a barbeque so I went out and bought a tin of hot dogs instead, simple quick food. I normally buy Princes but they had run out that day so instead I chose Ye Olde Oak Hot Dog Sausages.

                        They come in a tin of 8 for about 50p which is quite cheap, I thought that I was getting a bargain compared to the prices of the other tinned hotdogs. The tin is covered in a big label which has pictures of the hotdogs on it and the Ye Olde Oak symbol. On the back is all of the ingredients and need to know information.

                        I don't remember all of the ingredients but what I read really was quite disturbing, they contain 48% pork and 12% chicken, that's all right I thought until I read that it had been mechanically reclaimed. I have since done a bit of online research and found out what this means and how they're made. Basically when all the good meat has been taken off of an animal (pig and chicken here), the nasty bits are all blended together and then sieved to get rid of MOST of the bone. What you end up eating is all the nasty bits, the snouts, the guts, nerves and cartilage plus every now and then a piece of bone. Sickening isn't it? It's certainly put me off ever buying tinned hotdogs again.

                        The hot dogs came in brine which kept them fresh and is there to help you cook them. To do this simply empty the contents of the tin into a microwavable dish and microwave it on full power for about 4 minutes. Drain them off and eat them, this is best in a hotdog bun with onions on top to try and disguise the taste of the thing. They don't really smell of anything but do have a very weird texture, they're sort of rubbery and slimy, not very nice. They taste ok with a load of ketchup on but otherwise they're a bit bland.

                        Overall I give these 0 out of 10 because of what they're made from and the fact that they're very fatty.

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                          20.10.2007 16:25
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                          one to avoid

                          The hot dog has been a favourite convenience food of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was a teenager, and my parents worked leaving me to fend for myself food wise in the evenings, a tin of hotdogs was a quick, easy, no fuss meal that I could do myself and that my friends wouldn't turn their noses up.

                          As I got older, I started to favour the frankfurters you can buy in the chiller section, and for many years stopped eating the tinned hotdogs in favour of these.

                          However, a recent decline in finances has led to me having to cut back and buy cheaper alternatives of my favourite products. So, I grabbed a can of these from my corner shop for 60p. The can has a photo of the hotdogs on it, as well as a small image of a tree, and Ye Olde Oak in old fashioned writing. The use by date for my can was Jan 2008, so these do have a pretty long shelf life.

                          So, a couple of days later, I was watching a movie when suddenly I heard a loud growling noise. After checking to see if perhaps there was a rabid dog hiding behind my sofa, I realized that in fact, the growling was my stomach, so, pausing the DVD, I trotted off to the kitchen in search of something quick and tasty. My eyes caught sight of the tinned hotdogs, and after a check in the bread bin to make sure I had finger rolls; I began preparing my favourite tasty childhood treat.

                          Cooking is simple. Open them (the tin has a handy ring pull,) bung them in a pan, in the brine they come with, and cook for five minutes until heated thoroughly all the way through.

                          The sausages are an orangey brown colour, about 10 cm long, and puckered at the ends .Cutting into one reveals a pink centre.
                          They really dont smell of much, except a vague smokey smell.

                          Now, maybe as with so many things, my childhood memories were better than the real thing (I thought the blobby song was a great childhood memory until I heard it again.) or maybe I'd been spoiling myself with the chiller section frankfurters, but these tasted nothing like I remembered.

                          I found these far too soft, the texture too smooth and yet somehow rubbery, and the taste not nearly meaty enough and somehow musty. Eating these, it's hard to detect a recognizable pork flavour. Overall, I found these bland and pretty flavourless, the metallic aftertaste also being rather nasty.

                          My daughter quite happily gobbled down her share, although she did make the comment that these were neither as tasty nor as large as the frankfurters we normally use. So it does seem that these would still be received well by children as a quick snack.

                          The tins ingredient list states that these contain 48% pork, and 12% "mechanically reclaimed chicken". Never having heard the term before, I decided to look it up, and what I heard didn't endear me to the product. Look away if you have a delicate stomach, the next paragraph isn't the most appetizing.

                          Mechanically reclaiming chicken is a process that begins after the main cuts of meat are removed from an animal, in this case, a chicken. The carcass of that animal is then fed into a machine that, basically, resembles a kind of washing machine, which, with the addition of water, is then spun about so vigorously that any remaining meat separates from the bone, and goes through a sieve like device, and comes out as a kind of pink paste. Other material, such as small bits of bone marrow. Cartilage, nerves, etc can also come off and through the sieve too, which is why they measure the calcium content before including it into foods.

                          Now, I like my chicken to BE chicken, not chicken and other stuff, so I have to say, this put me off the product even more than the taste, and I definitely won't be buying these again. While I have no doubt my daughter wouldn't object to eating these, I prefer to give her (and myself) food that is higher in taste and in quality, so, it's back to the chiller frankfurters for me.

                          With six in a can, this could share easily between 3 as a snack, maybe between 2 as a light meal, if added to finger rolls.

                          Good Points: Cheap, easy to cook, long shelf life, fast.
                          Bad Points: Bland and flavourless, nasty aftertaste, and "Mechanically Reclaimed" chicken.

                          Would I recommend these? Actually, I would recommend you AVOID these. They taste awful, and the processing aspect isn't too tasty either. There are people that say "You get what you pay for" and, when it comes to the sausages I stick in my buns, I have to agree

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                        • Product Details

                          Due to its history, its long-lasting success and its British origin, Ye Olde Oak is still one of the most prominent brands in Great Britain. Under the Ye Olde Oak label, Struik Foods supplies a large assortment of hotdogs, cold meats, ready meals and snacks to the United Kingdom and other European countries. Ye Olde Oak Hot Dogs are pleasantly firm, prepared in accordance with a unique, traditional recipe. Wonderful as a snack but also in a roll or as part of your meal. The hotdogs are available in various kinds, including the well-known Frankfurters, American hotdogs, Giant hotdogs for the real appetite and cocktail sausages. Eat them on a cocktail stick or just with your hands or use them for surprising appetizers.