Cooking hot dogs in a pot of water on the stove top is probably the healthiest way to cook them; if you can use healthy and hot dog in the same sentence that is. The process of cooking the dogs in water removes some of the fat and sodium while they cook. If we are not throwing some on the grill for a gathering of friends and family, most of us here in the USA probably prefer to cook only the needed amount in the microwave when our little ones want lunch.
Try cooking a package or two on the stove top. Cover dogs with water in a pot and bring to a low simmer; use a lid on the pot while cooking. Using a lid conserves heat energy in the pot and keeps the fat in the steam from settling all over your kitchen. That's what that sticky film is that builds up all over everything in your kitchen from your canisters to things hanging on the walls.
See the fat floating on top after only about 10 minutes of gentle cooking? I don't cook them longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
Drain, and then lay them out on a cookie sheet freezing them flat, not touching each other. Put them in the freezer. Once frozen; I wait about 30 minutes; put the hot dogs in a sealed container removing only the amount you need each time. This works great for grilling too; you can go straight to the grill from the cooking pot or freezer.
I put mine in a quart mason jar to store in the freezer, I can get about 12 in one jar, but don’t pack them too tight or you won’t be able to get out only one or two at a time. Or freeze them in a Ziploc or together in serving sizes that works best for you. Then you can microwave for quick serving, but serve a bit healthier version of hot dogs.
This was re-posted from a year or so ago.
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