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Old 06-22-2009, 04:21 PM
cainxinth cainxinth is offline
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Why does scoring a hot dog make it plumper?

I've done the research and sure enough scoring (etching a shallow line with a knife) a frozen hot dog before you grill it does in fact result in a plumper, less wrinkly hot dog. Why is this so?
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:02 PM
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Hard to figure. By and large, scoring or poking food before cooking allows for the escape of steam, which would otherwise cause swelling and...plumping. You seem to be getting the effect by doing exactly what would be done to avoid it. Curiouser and curiouser. By the way, can you describe the experiment you did so we can evaluate the controls, the procedure, the data collection, etc.

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Old 06-22-2009, 05:11 PM
Harmonious Discord Harmonious Discord is offline
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You relieve the tension that the outer surface has which resists expansion of the middle. Think of it as pleats on a pair of pants.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:22 PM
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Ahaóthat explains why they deform and explode in the microwave if you donít score them, but expand nicely if you do score them. However, what is causing the expansion itself? Other meats donít expand when you cook them, at least not as noticeably or dramatically as do wieners.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:33 PM
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Ahaóthat explains why they deform and explode in the microwave if you donít score them, but expand nicely if you do score them. However, what is causing the expansion itself? Other meats donít expand when you cook them, at least not as noticeably or dramatically as do wieners.
They're hot dogs. What does meat have to do with it?
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:46 PM
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Ahaóthat explains why they deform and explode in the microwave if you donít score them, but expand nicely if you do score them. However, what is causing the expansion itself? Other meats donít expand when you cook them, at least not as noticeably or dramatically as do wieners.
Sadly, the plumpness of hotdogs is caused by nitrates. I've tried to make my own nitrate free hotdogs, but it's extremely difficult. Hotdogs are an emulsion in which each tiny piece of ground meat is surrounded by fat. When you prepare and stuff them everything must be kept cold enough to keep the fat solid, or it separates. I've never been successful.
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