Many Americans will celebrate this Independence Day by ingesting a batter-like poultry product (made by forcing bones and attached edible tissue through a sieve under high pressure) blended with a slurry of pork and/or beef meat taken off the bone by advanced meat recovery machinery (AMM) and mixed with potassium lactate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, corn maltodextrin, sodium nitrate, and paprika extract, then forced into tubes.
These will be heated over glowing little pillows formed of carbonized sawdust and petroleum distillates and placed in enriched flour buns moistened by a paste of ground yellow mustard seeds mixed with acetic acid and turmeric, then garnished with cubes of chemically preserved cucumber dyed an improbable green with FD&C Yellow #5.
Enjoy our National Food, and have a safe and happy 4th of July.
“What’s in Your Wiener? Hot Dog Ingredients Explained,” Katherine Harmon, Scientific American
“Why Americans Are Eating Fewer Hot Dogs,” Paul Lukas, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
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