Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shame on Hebrew National

A cooked hot dog garnished with mustard.Image via Wikipedia



By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

Have you seen the latest Hebrew National TV commercial, the one that calls its hotdogs "the best of the best of the best"?

I was watching morning TV on an exercise bicycle at the gym on Monday, not taking notes, so I might have missed another "best."

Later, this appears on the screen: "OMG, they're kosher."

More copy tells you the beef hotdogs contain nothing artificial, but there's no mention of preservatives or whether the cattle feed contains antibiotics, growth hormones and animal byproducts.

OMG, they're stuffed with antibiotics.

OMG, they're drowsy with growth hormones.

OMG, they're preserved to last forever.

Trader Joe's, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods Market and other stores sell uncured hotdogs made from beef raised without antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products.

H Mart coupons

I tried to use the H Mart coupons I got in the mail, but the produce at the Little Ferry store looked sort of forlorn today.

Gala apples, in the bag or loose, were bruised. The red-leaf lettuce was 99 cents, but I decided to continue eating the lettuce growing in my garden.

There were no coupons for the other items I was looking for: 

Fresh fish (Spanish mackerel was $3.49 a pound vs. $4.99 a pound at Whole Foods Market in Paramus); stewed tofu with red-pepper sauce and hot-pepper sauce in a squeeze bottle.

I also picked up Champagne mangoes, a box of 18 for $8.99, or about 50 cents each, compared to five for $5 at Whole Foods. Collard greens were 79 cents a pound.

I drink lactose-free milk and was surprised Lactaid conventional milk and Organic Valley milk were priced the same ($4.49 for a half-gallon).  

The Cheesecake Factory

Two friends asked me to meet them for lunch today at The Cheesecake Factory in Hackensack, where takeout slices of cheesecake are priced at around $7 each.          

I had a large salad with blue cheese and walnuts. 

One friend had a large bowl of pasta with meat sauce, and the other chose a soup-sandwich combo. I drank seltzer, they drank water, and each of us had coffee.

With a 15% tip, each of us paid $20. That seemed like a lot for lunch.

I was chagrined to see I was charged $13.95 for the salad, even though I asked the waiter to hold the chicken usually served with it.

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5 comments:

  1. I think you're being a little unfair to Hebrew National. Most hot dogs only have to be approved by the FDA, but Hebrew National hot dogs have to go before a Higher Authority.

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  2. Ye. I'm glad they dropped that.

    Sadly, kosher and halal mean only the animal was not sick before it was slaughtered, and don't set standards for how it was raised and what it was fed.

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  3. oz.m
    that is bull.
    hebrew national hot dogs is the best out there.I will eat kosher or halal hot dogs before anything out there.

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  4. What do you base that on, your gut feeling?

    Kosher and halal don't tell you anything about how the animals were raised.

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  5. I received an anonymous comment on the nitrites and other preservatives used in hot dogs that referred me to a site hosted by the American Meat Institute, which calls itself the nation's oldest and largest trade association representing the U.S. meat and poultry industry.

    Why should anyone believe a single word published by such a trade group?

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