Products that Frustrate – Individually Wrapped Hot Dogs

Products that frustrate are products that I don’t quite understand at the grocery store. Here is another one, Individually wrapped hot dogs. I don’t understand the need for these.
individually wrapped hot dogs

Products that Frustrate – Individually Wrapped Hot Dogs

Before I begin, let me say, I love hot dogs. When I go to Five Guys Burgers, I am often stumped, burger or a hot dog. We won’t even discuss why eating a hot dog is something we shouldn’t do too often, we know hot dogs aren’t always nutritionally viable, they are filled with preservatives and often use cuts of meat that we wouldn’t ordinarily eat, but let’s face it. Hot dogs can be tasty, quite tasty in fact.

I was chatting with a fellow blogger, Jacki of Funny Not Slutty, a comedy website, and she mentioned these individually wrapped hot dogs. I have seen these advertised on TV and thought they were odd and didn’t think twice about it. Today, I went to the grocery store for inspiration, and to pick up a few ingredients for my next copy cat recipe, and went over to the hot dog section and saw these.

So, hot dogs are not complicated to cook, many of us cook these in the microwave, or we may boil them in water, slice them open and grill them. Microwave cooking typically does not require fancy or exotic cookware, I would simply place a hot dog on a plate, and heat it up for 30 seconds if I were in a neat mode, I would place a paper towel over my hot dog. Why must they be individually wrapped?

I am single, so for me, I can’t eat a whole pack of hot dogs at once. So once I have had a couple of hot dogs out of a pack I will put them in either a baggie or even a container and place them back into my fridge. Why as consumers should we pay for a company to wrap these up for us? Our husbands, our children, and most anyone that can fog a mirror can wrap an opened package of hot dogs to save them for another time.

I love hot dogs; I love that I can have dinner in 30 seconds, I do. I do. Hot dogs are not complicated to prepare, and their storage is quite simple. Why on earth do we need individually wrapped hot dogs? Products like these frustrate me because they cost much more than normal hot dogs, they have excessive packaging, and I don’t see a need for these. I would rather see a much tastier hot dog in space on the shelf to purchase.

Do you have products that frustrate you? What are the products that frustrate you?

Here are other products I don’t understand.
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  1. Bob

    Has no one watched “How Its Made”, wienners arent individually wrapped for consumer. Its how they are maded. Wieners start off as a paste and then cooked to their solid state. Even the wieners that you buy that are “skinless”, had a plastic casing on it and the company peeled it before packaging.

  2. Matt

    I’m actually trying to find these for my mother. She used to get them locally, but she can’t find them now. I guess I’ll mail order them or check and see if the company has a “product locator” tool on their website. Anyway, Mom is losing eyesight, lives alone and doesn’t eat as well as she should. She also is having trouble with food spoilage and expiration date because of her low vision. She would like to keep a few of these in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. She said they worked out great for her. So, there are niches for some foods that you may not have thought of. Maybe not for you, but for some people.

  3. Kalel

    No way. You can’t put a hotdog in the microwave for 30 seconds and expect it to be cooked. The reason they are individually wrapped is so you can pull apart how many you want then just toss them in. It’s easier if you’re lazy like me, and you don’t like having to rewrap or toss an open hotdog package in sandwich wrap every time. Even though the box says to cook in the microwave for 20 seconds, and 10 more for each dog, it’s more like 1:30 if you want to safely eat it. When it’s inside the package it cooks better. I personally think individually wrapped hotdogs taste better.

  4. Gary Balkam

    individual wrapping is because not everyone eats 8, 12 or 24 hotdogs at one sitting. Hence, being individually wrapped, they are easier to separate when frozen, and do not suffer freezer burn as much as the non wrapped variety.

  5. R&D rockets

    cause you dont want your coworkers greasy hands on each others dogs. individually sealed keeps them sanitary.

  6. Sara Bear

    If I buy a pack of hot dogs, I eat 2 and the rest go bad. Singles are the best way to go. That way I only open what I need and they don’t go bad.

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