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Sep 23, 2017

On hot dogs

In North America, where I was raised, hot dogs come in a plastic shrink-wrapped package. It looks like this:

American beef hot dogs


This is normal. We have whole comedy routines based around it. "Buns come in packages of 8, but dogs come in packages of 10! What's the deal with thaaaaaat?" Har har har.

But this is how people in the UK see hot dogs:

UK hot dogs in a can

Or, better yet:

UK hot dogs in a jar


The weirdest part is that these are the most likely products in any given supermarket to be plastered with Americana.

I understand that your franks are gonna stay good longer in brine. Okay. But regular sausages here are not sold in cans or jars. So what's going on here?