Who doesn’t love a hot dog on the grill in the summer? Luckily over the years plant-based and vegetarian-friendly hot dog options have grown. I can remember when we had one choice for a plant-based dog. Once we have our plant-based hot dogs we need to know how to store them and do plant-based hot dogs go bad?
In this article I provide all of the answers regarding how to store, prepare and enjoy plant-based hot dogs.
Plant-Based Hot Dogs will be good in your fridge for up to 14 days. Once opened make sure to consume your dogs within 3 days. To save your plant-based hot dogs for longer, store them in your freezer for a future barbeque for up to a year.
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Do Plant-Based Hot Dogs Go Bad
Just like any food plant-based hot dogs will go bad.
It’s best to eat your hot dogs before the best by date on the package for the best flavor and textures.
How Long Does A Plant-Based Hot Dog Stay Fresh In The Fridge
An unopened package of plant-based hot dogs will last up to 14 days in the fridge. Once the package has been opened I would eat them within 3 days.
How Long Do Plant-Based Hot Dogs Stay Fresh When Frozen
Frozen plant-based hot dogs will stay fresh in the freezer for up to a year.
Can I Refreeze Plant-Based Hot Dogs Once They Have Been Thawed
It is not recommended to refreeze plant-based hot dogs once they have previously been frozen and thawed out. The texture and flavors will be sacrificed.
Are Plant-Based Hot Dogs Already Cooked
Some, but not all plant-based hot dogs are precooked.
You must always read the package for cooking instructions.
Can I Eat A Plant-Based Hot Dog Raw
As a vegetarian it makes me cringe to think about eating a raw hot dog but, I can remember snacking on raw hot dogs as a kid. Did anyone else do that?
I would suggest never eating a raw hot dog regardless if it’s plant-based or not. It may be possible to eat a raw plant-based dog that has been pre-cooked but, it would always be best when cooked.
How To Cook Plant-Based Hot Dogs
Plant-based hot dogs can be cooked in the same ways as regular hot dogs.
I would suggest sauteing them in a little butter or throwing them on the barbeque grill for the best results.
Plant-Based Hot Dog Toppings
I have a confession to make, I eat hot dogs for the toppings.
Some of my favorite hot dog toppings include.
- Mustard and Sauerkraut- my go-to hot dog combination. If you are adventurous shake on a little celery salt.
- Ketchup- being a mustard dog kind of girl I am aware that putting ketchup on a hot dog can be a sin. My kids happen to love ketchup.
- Chicago Style- this is for my fellow topping lovers, peppers, onion, tomatoes, dill pickles on a poppy seed bun.
- Spicy Barbeque Sauce with Mayo- A love a spicy sauce with a kick and balancing it with creamy mayo.
- Vegetarian Chili and Cheese- A classic made just for vegetarians
- Coleslaw dog- What’s better than throwing your favorite summer side dish onto your dog.
- Classic Mustard and Onions- I’m back to the mustard, you can go wrong with this classic flavor combination of yellow mustard and finely diced raw onions.
How Can I Use Plant-Based Hot Dogs
Here are some ways you can enjoy your favorite plant-based hot dogs outside of the traditional bun.
- Hot dogs with Mac and Cheese (a childhood favorite)
- Pigs in a blanket (kid-friendly and a fun appetizer for a crowd)
- Corn dogs (yum)
- Hot dogs sauteed with potatoes
Are Carrots Used As Hot Dogs Good
I had to mention the vegetarian craze of replacing carrots with hot dogs. There are many people that love the option of swapping out a meat hot dog for a carrot.
Personally, I haven’t had one that I’ve liked better than a plant-based dog.
You need to be careful with plant-based meat products just as you would with raw meat.
It’s always best to consume a food before the best by date.
If you need to preserve your plant-based hot dogs longer than the two weeks that they will stay in the fridge you can freeze them for up to a year.
I hope you have a craving for a delicious hot dog now, like I do.
What are your favorite hot dog toppings?