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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.

  1. jfood May 8, 2007 06:15 AM

    Thanks everyone, jfood's expectations are officially managed. may try this weekend (hey they are on sale for $2.99 for the package) and report back.

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      SouthernFoodie08 Apr 11, 2008 11:00 AM

      this was posted awhile ago, but I have recently been on a hot dog kick and bought the uncured Niman Ranch hot dogs from Trader Joes last night. Are they good? Should I have gotten the cured kind? What is the taste difference?

      1. re: SouthernFoodie08
        mcf Apr 11, 2008 04:58 PM

        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.

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      hotdoglover May 8, 2007 03:08 AM

      jfood,

      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.

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        ML8000 May 7, 2007 05:52 PM

        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.

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        1. re: ML8000
          Quine May 7, 2007 07:33 PM

          Oh yes, their butchered meats are so worth the price!

        2. Quine May 7, 2007 05:32 PM

          No comment on the cured vs not, It was a good, not great dog, pricey.

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