Why the Weenie?

Many of you wonder why our farm would produce a hot dog weenie. Here's the history and the process we went through to deliver the finest, healthiest weenie you can find. Is it perfect? Almost.

First, understand that weenies got a bad rap all the way back to the 1930's when Upton Sinclair wrote his expose' on meat packing plants in Chicago, spurring the US's first really strict set of food slaughter and processing regulations (written but not always enforced, as we know.). The weenie was a prime target because "everything else but the meat" usually went into the casing. This of course included the organs - liver, kidney, brain, heart, intestines - parts that while often very nutritious were also quickest to spoil.

So the point is that weenies still suffer today from what happened during an era more than 3 generations ago. In terms of the content, our weenie contains none of those organ parts, only the meat and the oleic oil-like fat of a pig.

But here's where the regulators step in. They assume we are in unregulated mega-plants in Chicago in the 1940's. So all weenies sold in the US must have preservatives, period. The nitrates. They make no exceptions. So what do we do about that? Deep research into the issue followed, to wit: we first looked at what is promoted as "the natural preservative", celery root and garlic. You will see those ingredients on weenie labels marked as containing "only natural ingredients.". Seemed like a solution until we learned that celery and garlic transmute into exactly the same molecular structure as nitrates when cooked into the weenie. That solution seemed misleading to us and we always want our product to be accurately represented. So we talked to the regulators, explained our dilemma, and did gain this advantage in our weenie - we were allowed the absolutely lowest level of preservatives allowed in any weenie purchased anywhere. How can you see this for yourself? Nitrates add a red color to any product in which it is included. So compare our salmon-blush color to say the dark red of an Oscar Meyer.

OK, so what about those other unfamiliar ingredients found on our label? All have to do with the casing. The casing is made from pure protein sources (the tendons which attach the muscle to the bone). Those ingredients come from the process of turning that protein into a useable casing. There is no known link between them and disease.

Before deciding to go forward with our weenie, we took one further step. What was the relationship between nitrate preservatives and disease? We were surprised to find very little evidence of a correlation and no evidence of a causative link. The one possible correlation is between nitrates and colon disease. It is a slim correlation, not at all definitive, and would require a much higher and regular dose of nitrates than you could ever ingest eating our weenie even 4 times per month.

We eat JVF weenies as soon as a new batch is made and feed them to our children and grandchildren. We suggest that the good so offsets the questionable that it is the best, cleanest and most nutritious weenie on the market. Whether you decide the same or not, at least you know we have made every effort to ensure a clean and healthy product for you and your family. We endorse them.

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