Can You Freeze Hot Dogs? Ultimate Guide

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I know it might sound a bit odd to find the question “Can you freeze hot dogs” circling the internet, considering hot dogs already have a pretty long shelf life.

However, freezing is, in fact, a great idea to keep your already cooked hot dogs for a long time without them drying or spoiling and at the same time having them ready whenever you want.

To answer your question. Yes, you can absolutely freeze hot dogs and keep them for as long as 3 months in the freezer, perfectly intact and fresh.

Through this article, I am going to share with you the ultimate guide for freezing hot dogs and the most important tips you are going to need to successfully do so.

How To Freeze Hot Dogs

Before we go on with the step-by-step guide of freezing hot dogs, keep in mind that the fresher you freeze your hot dogs, the better they will keep their texture and flavor intact in the freezer. Meaning you should place them in the freezer as soon as possible.

For the sealed unopened package of hot dogs, all you will need to do is just write the date of freezing and content of the original package on top before placing it in the freezer.

While for opened packages of hot dogs, you will have to follow these steps:

  1. Drain your hot dogs of any excess fluids after removing the original store packaging. Make sure to completely dry them before placing them inside a high-quality airtight container, plastic bag, plastic wrap, ziploc bag or a sealable freezer bag.
  2. Tightly seal the freezer bag containing the hot dogs or the plastic container after squeezing out all the excess air from the bag.
  3. Label the bag or the container with the date and content of it so that later on you can find your hot dog easily in the freezer.

You can totally follow the same method to freezer sausages, traditional beef dogs, pork hot dogs or even lamb hot dogs.

How long can frozen hot dogs last in the freezer?

You can leave your uncooked hot dogs in their original packaging in the freezer for up to 3 months without worrying about any change in taste, texture, or color.

However, bear in mind that after 3 months in the freezer, food starts losing its freshness and degrades slowly. But don’t worry, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your hot dogs before they start degrading.

Already frozen hot dogs have a use-by date. Make sure to check that before you place them in the freezer.

How to Freeze Tinned Hot Dogs

Tinned hot dogs can last for ages as long as their lid is tightly sealed, but once it is opened, then expect them to last for a day or two maximum.

However, you can absolutely freeze tinned hot dogs. You will just have to open the seal of the tin, take the hot dogs out, then follow exactly the same steps mentioned before for freezing hot dogs. It is not recommended freezing tinned hot dogs while they are in their tin, as metal tends to degrade and react when frozen.

How Do You Defrost Hot Dogs?

It is important to carefully stick to the steps of defrosting of any type of meat when it comes to thawing frozen hot dogs. This includes allowing your frozen pack of hot dogs to slowly defrost overnight on the top shelf of your fridge without rushing the whole process, or else you risk food poisoning from harmful bacteria and bacterial growth or the spoilage of your hot dogs. This is considered my favorite way and the best option that keeps the best quality of the hot dogs.

Another good idea is to allow warm water to run over the frozen hot dog’s entire package. While placing the freezer-safe bag with the frozen hot dogs inside a microwave and set it on the defrost setting.

You can only cook them once they have completely defrosted.

3 Tips for Freezing Hot Dogs

Now that we are over with the detailed steps of freezing and defrosting frozen hot dogs, allow me to share with you the best tips that I have learned that would guarantee the success of the whole freezing process.

  • Make sure your container or freezer bag is clearly labeled. You have no idea how crucial this step is. It prevents any confusion between the frozen food placed inside the freezer. For example, if you are freezing both vegetarian and beef hot dogs separately in the same freezer.
    It will also allow you to know the date of freezing so that they won’t pass their due date.
  • It is highly recommended to freeze your hot dogs, or any food in general in portions. Meaning, it is better to freeze smaller portions separately so that you would only thaw the portion you would need instead of the whole package at once and refreeze it.
  • Another good option is to freeze meals that include hot dogs instead of raw hot dogs. Pasta sauce, stew or a pie containing hot dogs would be a perfect way to freeze your hot dogs.

Frequently asked questions.

I want to share with you some of the questions that I came across while I was searching for the topic “Freezing hot dogs”

Can You Refreeze Hot Dogs?

It is highly not recommended to refreeze thawed hot dogs, or even cooked ones. Generally speaking, meat and most meat products are not safe for refreezing, as this encourages bacteria to grow and thrive on them during the stage of heating, then refreezing.

This means when you buy already frozen hot dogs, don’t wait for them to thaw, then place them in the freezer. Either, freeze them as soon as possible or cook them after thawing them.

Do Hot Dogs Freeze Well?

Most, if not all hot dogs do freeze very well. They might have different textures according to the added ingredients. However, they should all be of the same texture and feel after freezing for the same amount of time.

Are Freezer Burnt Hot Dogs Safe to Eat?

Definitely safe to eat, but not very good to eat. The texture of the hot dogs will be dry and the flavor will be, unfortunately bland.

Can You Freeze Corn Dogs?

Yes. You can certainly freeze corn dogs. You would have to wait for them to completely cool first before placing them in a freezer-safe container and sealing it tightly.

They can last in the freezer for up to two months.

Can You Freeze Rollover Hot Dogs?

Generally speaking, you should avoid freezing rollover hot dogs, because you don’t really have any clue whether they have frozen before or not, so you would risk refreezing them. Better be safe and avoid the whole thing altogether.

Can You Freeze Hot Dog Buns?

I mean, it wouldn’t be perfect if you couldn’t, right?

You can totally freeze hot dog buns, and easily do so as well. You will only need to place your hot dog buns separately in freezer bags. Seal the bags tightly and place them in the freezer. Make sure to completely defrost the buns before making hot dog sandwiches.


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