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May 9, 2008 09:41 AM

Hot Dogs , Are they still good ??

I bought a 3lb. package of Nathan's Hot Dogs and somehow forgot about them in the meat drawer of my refrigerator. The sell by date is 4/18/08, are they still good. Being that they are vacuum sealed I would guess so but what are your thoughts ??

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  1. I would think that they would still be good, as long as they are still sealed and have been kept cold the entire time.

    Nathan's Famous Offices
    1400 Old Country Road
    Westbury, NY 11590

    Phone: 516-338-8500

    1. I read a story once about an excavation of a dump, in which they found hot dogs from the mid-1940s - this was 50 years later - and they were still, to all appearances, unchanged from when they were manufactured. Point being: hot dogs contain a fair amount of preservatives, to put it mildly. They should be fine.

      1. Hot Dogs, twinkies and what else? They will be around when the earth dies.

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        1. re: PaulaT

          McDonald's fries, as see in the movie "Supersize Me"

        2. First of, I never use a sell by date. Second off, they'll probably be good until 4/18/18

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              my test: is the surface sticky/slimy? Even better, smell, and if your sense of smell is compromised ask a friend.

              if it's even a little gummy you may want to toss, personally I'd eat them w/o hesitation.

              "sell by" is never "eat by" and the companies regularly play CYO to ward off complaints.

              granted if they'd been stored in a picnic cooler on the back porch that might be a different issue.

              1. re: hill food

                Rinse the slime off any meat product. If it still smells offensive, toss it. If it smells slightly gamey, cook it thoroughly.

                The other day I had half a block of tofu that had gone stinky on me. I rinsed it and dried it, cut it up and fried it. Had it in soup and had it in a stir fry. Nice tangy body to it. I feel fine.

                My body is well accustomed to "off" foodstuffs. Someone who's eating habits have been based on a "sterile" environment may react differently, i.e. get sick.