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Jan 3, 2009 04:03 PM

skinless vs. natural casing hot dogs

I love hot dogs in natural casing and I love Nathans, shofar and hebrew national hotdogs. However, in grocery stores, I can only find Nathan, Shofar and HN hotdogs in skinless form only I have never see natural casing dogs being sold by any grocery. Why is this the case?


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  1. I can always find natural casing dogs in grocery stores here near Boston. Both at their deli counters and in the packaged meat sections. Maybe the manager will order them for you ?

    1. Natural casing dogs, though much less common in grocery stores than skinless, should be available. I don't know where you're from, but many states don't really have a "hot dog culture" so they may be unavailable in most supermarkets. I've found that some of the better hot dog brands are found in a different area of the supermarket away from the regular hot dogs. Try the deli department or ask someone.

      Shofar and Hebrew National are kosher hot dogs and unfortunately do not have natural casings. Some delis and kosher butcher shops do sell Hebrew National franks with a collagen casing which does not violate kosher law.

      Keep looking. They are out there. Try a local German or European butcher shop or Pork Store if there is one in your area. Natural casing dogs, in my opinion, are much more preferable than skinless.

      1. Here in New Jersey they stock them in the deli section rather than near the regular hot dog area. They certainly aren't Kosher but give Thuman's natural casing dogs a try they are my favorite.

        1. I love natural casing hot dogs. They are one of my favorite foods. I won't even bother eating a skinless hot dog. I live in Fort Lauderdale and people swear by this place called Hot Dog Heaven. I was surprised that they only carried skinless. When I asked why, they said that the elderly can't chew on the skins and that the young generation grew up on skinless. I can find one natural casing hotdog in our local Publix and that's Boar's Head. Not my favorite, but it's the only one I can find. They sell it in the deli section.

          1. Natural casing hot dogs can be more expensive to produce.

            I had a conversation with a rep for a food distributor and he said many people don't like natural casing hot dogs. So maybe it's a supply and demand type of thing

            I don't know where you live, but in the Los Angeles area if a store carries a natural casing hot dog it's only one brand if any. We have a supermarket chain that carries Nathans natural casing hot dogs.