Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dairy-Free Hot Dogs???

Does anyone safely eat hot dogs out there? Do you buy specialty ones? Or have you had luck with basic Oscar Meyer type hot dogs? It's grilling season, and I would love to try these with the boys. I'm just really nervous. I always hear about all the "hidden" stuff in hot dogs, right?

UPDATE: We love and safely use Hebrew National Kosher hotdogs now!

19 comments:

Dorene said...

My son is allergic to milk and we have had luck with Ball Park Beef Franks. I have not tried any others. Hey, if something works I stick with it.

joel.devinney@verizon.net said...

My son is is ana. to milk an we avoid all dairy, even the may contain stuff. I do use hot dogs, sausage and pepperoni. I had a hard time finding pepperoni without lactic acid started culture as an ingredient, but I found one and called the company and they assured me they do not use milk in their products. I have successfully used Oscar Myer, Ball Park and Hebrew National hot dogs. I use big name companies for sausage and call when I am in doubt. I stay away from the store made brands.

Becky @ BoysRuleMyLife said...

We have successfully used Hebrew National (they are kosher which emphasizes the lack of dairy). We have not tried other brands with Witt, but would be interested to try Oscar Meyer as the other boys prefer OM and they are cheaper.

Mama Pickles said...

We use either Ball Park Beef Franks or Costco has started selling their own brand of hot dog that they sell at their concession stand. Neither bother my son and we avoid the "may contain" things as well.

Armywife2005 said...

Hey sis,
Obviously, I don't know much about the non-dairy foods. I hope that you can find one that works for the boys; Rowan has become quite the hot dog lover, and I am sure the boys would love them as well. What about organic meats? Also, perhaps local butchers? At least then you could talk to someone that does the process just to be sure they use seperate meat and dairy tools? We have a place here in town, I could always give them a ring! Let me know what you find.

Armywife2005 said...

Oh, also, the place here in Jville does orders, so maybe they could do something special given your circumstances. Di orders a lot from them. Let me know if I can help!

Jamie Kaufmann said...

i knew you guys would come through! thanks for all the help. can't wait to add these to our food list! i'll keep you posted!

Rebecca said...

Hi, My son is allergic to milk also, and has done well with BallPark beef franks too. Good luck! Can't have summer grilling without hot dogs!

Nowheymama said...

We use Hebrew National, too.

Katy said...

Even before we had to cut out most dairy due to DS' allergy, we used Kosher dogs. Kosher laws regarding food are wonderfully strict. I feel like it will be so safe and clean if it's Kosher.
http://www.jewfaq.org/kashrut.htm

In addition, Kosher laws prohibit the mixing of meat sources, so if something is Kosher it cannot contain any dairy! I have found that looking for the Kosher seal saves a bit of time. I still check the ingredient list, but it's a good starting point when searching for a specific food.
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=100

ummsir22 said...

My son is VERY allergic to milk as well...

ONLY USE HEBREW NATIONAL... MAKE SURE YOU USE KOSHER HOT DOGS.

Maleah said...

We have tried Hewbrew National and Oscar Meyer turkey dogs and had no problems. I have also heard good things about Applegate Farms turkey dogs but have not tried them yet.

Mouseymom said...

hi,we mostly use hebrew national hotdogs.. the lowfat ones. but it is law that the product must state if it contains milk!!!! So if the lactic starter would have to declare if it contained a milk protein.

my son is very sensitive to milk and we have tried many hot dogs and brats that do not have milk in the ingredients and Solomon has never had a reaction. I too tend to avoid the store brand due to possible contamination

Alisa - Go Dairy Free said...

It looks like the mainstream brands are covered so I won't elaborate. But, in terms of specialty and taste, I have been really happy with Applegate Farms. They are a no antibiotic/hormone/etc. company with excellent "processed" meat options. A little pricier, but on sale, not bad, and we only get these types of products on occasion.

Jen H said...

After our daughter had a reaction, I called Oscar Myer to ask them if their lactic acid starter culture was made from milk, and they said yes. It was not declared in an allergen statement.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to make a comment to what mouseymom said. Meat is not regulated by the allergy labeling. They DO NOT have to list allergy warnings on meats, hotdogs included. So, if the lactic acid is from milk, you will never know. I learned the hard way giving my daughter Oscar Meyer all beef hotdogs. She reacted very soon after. She is also allergic to soy so we can not use ballpark. I'm still researching what she can eat.

Anonymous said...

My Daughter is allergic to milk and she eats Oscar Mayer Angus. She loves them and no reactions at all.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

That's a new tip to me. Thanks for sharing!

Rich Girou said...

Everyone;
Here is a site with gluten free and lactose free hotdogs and sausages lists. Hope it helps you.

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