Fascinating or Terrifying? A Look at How Hot Dogs Are Made

published Jan 16, 2013
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Hot dogs: you either love them or hate them. You’ve heard they include pig snouts and chicken feet. You won’t touch them. You’ll never give them up. But have you actually seen how they’re made?

This video — from an episode of the Science Channel show How It’s Made — takes a close look at how hot dogs are manufactured, from the transformation of “trimmings” into a smooth puree that is stuffed into casings, showered in liquid smoke, baked and packaged.

In this factory, every shift produces almost 2.5 million hot dogs and every 35 seconds, the stuffing machine spits out enough links to span a soccer field twice. As terrifying as some of the images are in this video, the whole process is still oddly fascinating. Luckily, you have several months to get over the image of churning meat puree before you have to face another hot dog on the grill.

What do you think? Fascinating? Terrifying? Both?