View Full Version : What keeps skinless hotdogs together?
07-16-2003, 07:23 PM
Is there something to bind the outside so it doesn't just rub apart when you have to handle it?
07-16-2003, 07:37 PM
Here is the Skinless Hot Dog story from the very beginning. (http://www.viskase.com/skinless_hot_dog_story.htm)
07-16-2003, 10:06 PM
The world is my sea urchin.
07-17-2003, 11:55 AM
Early exploration to develop his vision into reality focused on the "viscose" process in which purified cotton cellulose was dissolved and then regenerated in the form of thin films or filaments.
Through intensive experimentation, short lengths of casing were produced by painting viscose on a pipe, drying it and then dipping the pipe into a trough containing weak acid. This changed the dry viscose back to cellulose and the wet tube slipped off the pipe. Some casings on hand were dried, inflated to avoid shrinking, and tested on a stuffing horn. They worked: the casings were removed from the horn with ease.
The new casing stuffed well, was linked, and then was put into the smokehouse, but it emerged loose and baggy. Surely such a ridiculous looking product would not be sold by any self-respecting butcher. Then Mr. Freund made a startling discovery! Taking one of the strands, he found that in the separation of the meat from the casing, the franks retained their shape and were firm. Mr. Freund tasted them and proclaimed the birth of the Skinless Frankfurter!
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