Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Hot Dog Product at Krogers


I've noticed a sharp uptick in the number of food products on the market that feature pre-assembled food elements. I guess they are supposed to save us busy Americans time and energy, and have an excuse to charge a heck of a lot more money for the same product ("value added" they call it - I call it "highway robbery"). The latest such product, and most appropriate for inclusion here, is Oscar Mayer Fast Franks.

OK, first, how hard is it to put together a hot dog and a bun? Does this product really save that much time? To be fair, though, it does solve the age old dilemna of 10 weenies and eight buns in a package (like George Carlin says, "You gotta buy a LOT of those things before it evens out!")

Second, look at the package: "America's favorite hot dog in a BAKERY FRESH BUN." How fresh can it be if it's baked, sent to the hot dog plant for weenie insertion, packaged in individual plastic wrappers and put in a cardboard carton and shipped in a refrigerator truck across the USA?

I was so amazed at the the discovery that I completely forgot to look at the price. If anyone can check the price before I get back to Krogers go ahead and post it in comments.

4 comments:

Chris James said...

Sounds about as fresh as any hot dog in the northern part of the state.

The Film Geek said...

Hey, I have a hot dog joint in Huntington I think deserves a review. It's kinda small, but I like the chili they use, and the slaw is great. It' s the Prichard Sandwich shop in the first floor of the Prichard bldg., 9th street and 6th Avenue.

By the way, this blog has really affected my dining habits in a way that I didn't expect. Last week I was at Myrtle Beach, and while there at at my favorite dive, River City Cafe. I ordered the hot dog platter. The dog comes, and here are the thoughts I have BEFORE I take a bite:

1. The way the mustard is added in a wavy sort of motion is really neat;

2. The slaw is finely chopped, and appears creamy;

3. The bun is steamed, whcih I like;

4. The chili smells great, and isn't too runny or too think.

I mean, c'mon...I just used to eat the damn hot dogs. Now, I critique 'em. Something is horribly, horribly wrong. :)

Stanton said...

Welcome to the Dark Side, Geek.

Creamy cole slaw on a hot dog in Myrtle Beach: Not surprising since it is, after all, the southern-most city in West Virginia.

Hey Chris, put Prichard Sandwich Shop on your to-do list.

Chris James said...

Can do. Keep your eyes peeled for my review of Frostop, coming later this weekend.