Trader Joe’s is known for friendly smiles, Hawaiian shirts and cheap prices. Quirky and fun, this is a chain that promotes natural products. Recently added to their shelves are Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs by Applegate. Over the past Memorial Day weekend our local Trader Joe’s was serving up tasty samples of these delicious hot dogs. (We bought a pack to take home.)
Lately I haven’t been shopping at Trader Joe’s much and was happily surprised when Branndon found these on one of his trips. Applegates’s Organic Beef Hot Dogs are a welcome addition to the Trader Joe’s lineup as they are the only ones they sell without sugar! Many of their products (even their mustard!) contain sugar and this is why I find myself shopping here less and less. (I still can’t believe Branndon found sugar in their yellow mustard!)
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In fact, earlier this year Trader Joe’s was hit with a class-action lawsuit claiming they are ‘intentionally mislabeling’ many of their branded foods with ‘evaporated cane juice’ and ‘organic evaporated cane juice’. These are listed as ingredients in the Trader Joe’s brand soy milk and yogurt, but these products contain normal sugar.
Apparently this is a common trend with companies using ‘evaporated cane juice’ as a synonym for sugar to increase sales. Thankfully the FDA is aware of the issue and has made this practice illegal. Unfortunately, this lawsuit also suggests the deception continues with the hidden addition of chemical preservatives in their ‘all natural’ products. As this lawsuit was only recently filed in March it will take time to learn the truth from the proceedings.
If you shop at Trader Joe’s and are concerned with the hidden (and purposefully mislabeled) addition of sugar and chemical preservatives, then you will probably want to read the labels even more carefully or choose non-TJ branded products altogether, like the organic beef hot dogs by Applegate now being offered.
Organic Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dog
Made with pasture raised, grass-fed beef these organic hot dogs are gluten free, casein free, dairy free and sugar free! Humanely raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones these grass-fed hot dogs are naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids.
These hot dogs are definitely different than the normal hot dogs filled with additives, preservatives, fillers and who knows what else. I saw a pack of 8 hot dogs at our local Dollar Tree, that’s only 13 cents per hot dog. It scared me a little when I think about what is actually in those. (And no, I’ve never bought them.)
Trader Joe’s sells these organic hot dogs in 7-packs for $4.99 (yes, only 7 per pack). You can compare that to their TJ brand of all-beef hot dogs for $4.49. The TJ brand, however, will give you 8 hot dogs.
Made from 100% organic grass fed beef, these meaty hot dogs are bursting with old-fashioned classic hot dog flavor – juice, flavorful and delicious! (Applegate)
Applegate Organic & Natural Meats is known for offering products with simple ingredients that are of the highest quality, especially in their organic products like their organic beef hot dogs.
The Great Hot Dog:
- Casein Free
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free
- Sugar Free
- Low Carbohydrate
- High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Gourmet Hot Dog Combinations from Around the U.S.
Summer is here and the grills are out. This means more burgers and hot dogs. Different people have different ways they prepare their hot dogs. Some are simple with ketchup or mustard, while others are more elaborate with caramelized onions, guacamole, or even cream cheese. You’ll often find regional hot dog specialties as you travel around the country.
Hot Puka Dogs
In Kauai, unique hot dog buns and tasty Hawaiian flavors are combined to make the tasty Puka Dog. Branndon and I enjoyed Puka Dogs on our honeymoon and later when we returned for our 5 year wedding anniversary. The single location is in the Poipu Village Shopping Center on Kauai. Puka Dog has received notice from the Travel Channel, Bon Appetit Magazine and several others.
First, the hot dog bun is more like a roll with no side slit. Instead the bun (milk and egg free) is speared with a hot metal spike to create a hole for the hot dog. This toasts the inside, while the heat lightly toasts the outside. Next you’ll choose from one of their three Garlic lemon sauces and six tropical-fruit relishes (I liked the Mango). The hot dog is finally added and you get to enjoy a tasty, albeit unusual hot dog Hawaiian style. These are absolutely delicious and unfortunately, they are not available here on the mainland.
I did try to recreate these once with a tent stake in the fire for a toasty bun. Branndon thought I was wasting time, but surprisingly it worked. Unfortunately we didn’t have any tasty relishes on hand.
Here are some tasty combinations inspired by the different cities in the United States:
- New York City – spicy, brown or German mustard, and sauerkraut
- Chicago – poppy seed hot dog bun, mustard, onions, tomato, pickle relish or dill pickle
- Boston – crumbled bacon, baked beans, and diced onions
- Kansas City – sesame seed hot dog bun, brown or German mustard, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut
- Columbia, South Carolina – yellow mustard, pimiento cheese, and diced onions
- Detroit – chili, cheddar cheese, mustard, and onion
- Seattle – grilled onions and creamed cheese
- Hawaii – (Kauai Puka Dog) garlic lemon sauce, Hawaiian fruit relish, lilikoi mustard, (Honolulu Dog) lemon-garlic mayonnaise, slices of starfruit, Hawaiian fruit relish
- Phoenix/Tucson – bacon-wrapped hot dog, pinto beans, tomato, onion, cheese, jalapeno, mustard, and mayonnaise
- Denver – red onions, jalapenos, sour cream and green chilies
- Austin – guacamole, queso (cheese), and crushed tortilla chips
- San Francisco – goat cheese and caramelized onions
- Miami – Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard
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