How do you safely prepare hot dogs?
Hot dogs are precooked, but should still be cooked until hot throughout because studies have shown a high level of the bacteria listeria on hot dogs. The same general food safety rules apply to hot dogs. Keep hot dogs in the freezer for no longer than 1 or 2 months. They can be stored in the refrigerator unopened for 2 weeks. Once the package is opened, store for only 1 week.
Shannon Crosby, Dietetic Intern,
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009