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Balloon animal hot dogs

Like balloon animals, but hot dogs.
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The title says it all, really. Slightly elastic hot dog casings, filled with uncooked hot dog paste stuff (so it's still malleable), that you can twist and shape like those tubular balloons they use for balloon animals.

Once twisted into desired shape, you cook and serve them.

Casings of various color are an option, provided the idea of a green hot dog doesn't put you off your lunch.

Veho, Sep 27 2012

Someone's done it. http://motleyfood.t...com/post/8652492370
[MechE, Sep 27 2012]

And worse... http://www.geekolog...3/meat-nativity.jpg
[Phrontistery, Sep 28 2012]

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       I like it, but there are no buns to fit! [+]
xandram, Sep 27 2012
  

       // Slightly elastic hot dog casings //   

       // Casings of various color are an option //   

       There exist a variety of hot dog that feature a particularly resilient bright red casing; locally they are known as 'red snappers'. I'm sure they can be found in many regions, but I've never encountered the level of enthusiasm for them as exhibited by Mainers, which leads us to regard them as a local delicacy (which should tell you a bit about Maine cuisine).   

       These might be just the thing with which to start your experiment in culinary calisthenics.
Alterother, Sep 27 2012
  

       The casing material will be ineatable or insufficiently tough for shaping.
Voice, Sep 27 2012
  

       I dread to think as to which end of the intended animal of choice you would begin to squirt the mustard.
skinflaps, Sep 27 2012
  

       Next time my wife and I make sausages I'm doing this and posting pictures.
Don't even try to stop me.
  

       Normal hotdog casings would be to soft, but link sausage casings (which are normally twisted to form the links) should be able to stand up to this easily enough. Obviously they'd have to be less than completely full to start, to allow for the filling to be pushed out of the way by the twisting.
MechE, Sep 27 2012
  

       Nice find. [MechE]
...won't stop me though.
  

       And you lot have the unmitigated gall to openly speculate why no other intelligent species in the Galaxy has chosen to make contact with you …   

       When you were at school, do you remember the weird kid with no friends who used to pull the wings off insects for amusement? Go look in a mirror …
8th of 7, Sep 27 2012
  

       //Normal hotdog casings would be to soft, but link sausage casings (which are normally twisted to form the links) should be able to stand up to this easily enough.//   

       Hot dogs are link sausages (hence the alternate term “links”). They're formed into links before they're cooked, and are hung on racks as they pass through an oven. After cooking, the casing is stripped off before they're packaged.   

       You could conceivably twist them into any shape, but once the case is removed the hot dog doggy would fall apart. What you need is a sausage that is eaten with the casing, such as a “natural-casing” hot dog.
ytk, Sep 27 2012
  

       Ah, didn't realize they were de-cased, thought they were just a very light one.
MechE, Sep 27 2012
  

       // such as a “natural-casing” hot dog. //   

       Such as the aforementioned Red Snapper, which has an all natural casing (the bright red dye is made from beets) reknowned far and wide for its resilience. I'm told they make excellent bass bait.
Alterother, Sep 27 2012
  

       //And you lot have the unmitigated gall to openly speculate why no other intelligent species in the Galaxy has chosen to make contact with you …   

       When you were at school, do you remember the weird kid with no friends who used to pull the wings off insects for amusement? Go look in a mirror …//   

       Could it be that every intelligent species is herbivore? I have my doubts.   

       I 'do' remember the wing-pulling-weird-friendless kid now that you mention him. Friend of my brothers he was... used to like spinning gophers around by the snare til their heads popped off.
No mirror would show me that kid... but I do wonder how he's doing every once in a while.
Poor bastard.
If I ever see him again I'll tell him you asked about him.
  

       He probably ended up running for Congress …
8th of 7, Sep 28 2012
  
      
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