Hot dogs are a simple go-to meal that are so easy to prepare and work with. When you need something quick or inexpensive, hot dogs make a good solution. There are so many ways you can use them – from grilling to slicing them for mac & cheese to making pigs in blankets.
Hot dogs are easy to freeze and store away for use at a later time so you always have some on hand. They can be frozen cooked or uncooked. Can you refreeze hot dogs? Yes, you can! If you thaw out your hot dogs in the refrigerator, you can refreeze them one time and they will still be good.
Hot dogs are popular for families with budgets and children. They are so easy to work with but it’s important to know how to properly handle them to avoid having an issue with your hot dogs later on. We’ve got you covered!
Freezing (or Refreezing) Hot Dogs
Freezing hot dogs is pretty simple. If they are still in an unopened package, you can simply toss that package into the freezer. It is typically an airtight packaging and it will work just fine to preserve them in the freezer for several months.
If you want a pro tip, you can separate them and place them in different bags by portions to freeze them so then you can just pull out what you need and not have to worry about refreezing them.
Luckily, you can refreeze your hot dogs once and it won’t be a problem. This works best and is safest when you allow your hot dogs to thaw in the fridge and not at room temperature so be sure to follow that for safety purposes.
There are no fancy steps or processes here to follow. In order to freeze or even refreeze your hot dogs, you just need to package them up airtight and toss them in the freezer. We recommend labeling your packages with a date to be on the safe side.
This process can work for both cooked and uncooked hot dogs since hot dogs are not technically a raw meat to begin with.
Here is a quick overview of the steps for freezing or refreezing hot dogs:
- If you cooked the hot dogs, be sure to let them cool to room temperature before freezing. If they are not cooked, proceed to Step 2.
- Package up in desired portion sizes. We recommend a freezer bag but you can use any freezer-safe packaging means you prefer. If you typically only use one or two hot dogs at a time, separate them out so you won’t have to worry about trying to store them again later.
- Seal the packaging carefully to create an airtight seal.
- Label and date the packaging for your information.
- You can freeze hot dogs for about 12 months. If you are refreezing, we recommend up to 6 months for the best quality.
How to Reheat Hot Dogs
Reheating hot dogs is super easy. You honestly don’t even have to thaw them out to reheat them. There are a lot of foods out there that are challenging to reheat and sometimes challenging to refreeze. There are also a number of foods that simply cannot be refrozen. Hot dogs are not one of them.
You can reheat hot dogs in any way you like, including all of the ways you might have cooked them the first time. If you’re cooking them into a dish you are making, you can simply slice them or prepare them and toss them in. They will reheat with your other cooking items.
You can reheat using the grill, stovetop, oven, or microwave and any of these will work just fine. If you choose to grill them, be careful not to overheat the grill so they don’t end up charred on the outside and cold on the inside.
Hot dogs don’t take very long at all to heat up. For the record, you could even eat your hot dogs cold and uncooked if you prefer!
Our favorite reheating methods are using a skillet or the oven but you can use the microwave if you need a quick fix too. Here are the steps for each!
Reheating Hot Dogs in the Microwave
- Wrap your hot dog in a paper towel to retain the moisture and avoid it splitting.
- Microwave for 30 seconds.
- If it doesn’t seem warm enough, continue to microwave in 15-second increments.
- Do not overcook for the best flavor. If it starts to split, this is a sign it is overcooked.
Reheating Hot Dogs in a Skillet
- Warm your favorite skillet on medium heat
- Add the hot dogs
- Fry in the skillet for about 1 minute, rotating after each minute.
- Let the hot dogs brown slightly in the skillet. This should take 5 minutes or less to fully reheat the hot dogs.
- Serve and enjoy
Reheating Hot Dogs in the Oven
- This is best if you’re reheating several hot dogs at once.
- Place the hot dogs in a baking pan.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil.
- Bake hot dogs at 325 degrees for about 5-7 minutes.
How Can You Tell if Hot Dogs Need to be Thrown Out?
Because of the way that hot dogs are made, they do not go bad easily. The best way to tell if your dogs have gone bad would be to look for slimy flesh around the hot dog or perhaps skin that has dulled in color. Many times, when a hot dog reaches this point, it also takes on a sour smell.
This is not likely to happen within just a few days and is most likely to occur with cooked hot dogs that have been stored in the fridge too long.
You might also decide to toss out your hot dogs if you notice signs of freezer burn on them. You will see the discoloration on the hot dog’s skin that is a sign of freezer burn. Freezer burnt hot dogs are safe to eat but the flavor and texture may be negatively affected and you would be better suited to throw them out.