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walnut Apr 30, 2012 09:20 AM

recipe reads in medium size pot bring water to a boil,add hot dogs to boiling water and cover. cook 5-7 minutes. Not sure but do i keep the heat the same after add hot dogs and cover. i brought the water to a boil on high heat.added the dogs and covered it ...do i leave it there on high or drop it back some? (not sure what to do here) first thought leave there and if starts to boil over reduce but still keep it boiling? thanks

  1. todao Apr 30, 2012 09:29 AM

    "Cover" helps hold in the heat to support the recovery of and sustain the boil. It does nothing to improve the quality of the finished hot dog. No need to leave the heat on high. Reduce the heat to the point where you can sustain a boil without boiling the water all over the stove.

    1. pinehurst Apr 30, 2012 09:31 AM

      Most store brand/deli hot dogs (as it says on their package) are fully cooked. Since you are just heating them up, five minutes uncovered should be more than enough time. And yes, I would drop the heat down to medium high--you don't need a vigorous full boil.

      1. greygarious Apr 30, 2012 10:43 AM

        Since all you're doing is heating up a fully-cooked product, just bring a bit of water to a boil or close to it, shut off the heat, and let the hot dogs sit in the hot water till serving. From your other posts it is apparent that you are new to cooking, and unduly worried about following every recipe to the letter. You'll get over that in time, the sooner the better. Many recipes are fussier than they need to be, and many others are unclear or downright incorrect. You won't know which is which until you gain some experience.

        As far as hot dogs are concerned, microwaving them or browning them in a frying pan over medium heat, with a film of oil, yields more flavorful hot dogs because water just leaches out some of the seasoning, and browning adds flavor. To nuke a hot dog, wrap it in a paper towel
        and micro for 30 seconds. To give you an idea, a 4oz FROZEN frank heats through in 1.5 minutes.

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          walnut Apr 30, 2012 11:05 AM

          Newbie yes......And i really appr. all `the help and advice from every one.

          6 Replies
          1. re: walnut
            kengk Apr 30, 2012 03:47 PM

            When I cook hot dogs I like to get the pot of water boiling first; then, I take a piece of string and tie a fish hook onto it and hook the sausages as if they were bait. That way I can dip the wieners in and out of the water until they are done.

            1. re: kengk
              wyogal Apr 30, 2012 03:52 PM

              brilliant. Yes, everyone should do this.


              1. re: kengk
                todao Apr 30, 2012 05:15 PM

                Try one of these, kengk:
                You can cook two at a time ....

                1. re: todao
                  wyogal Apr 30, 2012 05:39 PM

                  Awesome! There's the hook, how about the line and sinker?

                  1. re: todao
                    chowser Apr 30, 2012 06:33 PM

                    I wonder if you could use dental floss and string them all together? Even better, a crown roast of hot dogs.


                    It's interesting that both the OP and this link refers to them as "recipes" whereas I think of these as "directions."

                  2. re: kengk
                    paulj May 1, 2012 08:55 AM

                    I thought hot dogs were supposed to cooked by electricity - stick an electrode in each end, and fry them from the inside.


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                  walnut May 1, 2012 08:48 AM

                  i guess i have to say I appr. all the serious help and advice. But thanks for the humor.

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                    INDIANRIVERFL May 1, 2012 08:55 AM

                    My personal favorite was the electric hot dog cooker. It had a pairof electrodes that you put the ends of the hot dog onto and then plugged in. It electrocuted the dog to such an extent that it would soon start steaming and then burst open. No worries about boiling water.

                    When you graduate to bratwurst, please boil in beer and plenty of sliced onions. As done in Bavaria and Milwaukee.

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                      walnut May 1, 2012 09:08 AM

                      i personally like to just get a stick and heat it over the fire or stove.

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