Niman Ranch Hot Dogs - Cured vs. Uncured?
- jfood May 7, 2007 05:14 PM
Local grocer just started carrying these dogs.
Jfood does not understand difference between the two but always looking for a good hot dog.
Any help appreciated.
I think good but not great (and pricey) is a good way to rate Niman Ranch hot dogs.
While their butchered meat and bacon are very good their sausage tend to be dry and a bit bland. I've had their dogs and brats and wouldn't buy them again. Probably a good/healthier choice for kids however. I'd still try them though.
Curing refers to a method of food preservation usually involving salt, sugar, nitrates or nitrites. Niman Ranch makes much of the fact that they are nitrate free. I bought some of these dogs a few years ago for $8.99 a pound at a D'Artagnan's in Newark. I was able to get the smaller 6 to a lb with natural casing rather than the bigger 4 to a lb. I agee with the posters here that this dog is good, but not great. It has a somewhat unique spicing, that if you've had this dog once you would be able to identify it blindfolded the next time. I compared it with a natural casing Nathan's. Both prepared on my home griddle. I preferred the Nathan's.
I hate Niman Ranch bacon and hot dogs, I think they're dry and tasteless.
So far, hands down, the best uncured hot dogs, bacon, kielbasa I've found are Garrett's (formerly Wellshire Farms). Wild by Nature and Trader Joe's carry them. Coleman hot dogs are lousy, too, BTW. The only ones I like are the Garretts.