By Carl Hanson
October 29, 2015

Sometimes you actually do want to know how the sausage gets made.

Maybe now more than ever. Because researchers at Clear Labs, a company seeking to create a scientific food-rating system, recently discovered meat in 10-percent of the veggie dogs they tested. (Here's Clear Food's Hot Dog Report.)

The report, however, has its skeptics, including the folks at Kim LaCapria, writing for Snopes, raised some questions: "Missing from the bevy of articles about...meat in veggie dogs...was any explanation about how Clear Food determined those percentages, under which conditions testing occurred, whether any independent entities confirmed or duplicated the claims, and the methodology by which Clear Food arrived at their overall conclusions."

Questions of testing methods and independent verifiability aside, one thing's certainly true: Clear Food's report went viral, putting people off their dogs and, in general, grossing everyone out on a global scale and in near record time.

Now, we're not here to make claims for or against the report's authenticity. Just to say, there is one fail-safe way to guarantee there's no meat in your vegetarian hot dogs. And that's to make 'em yourself.

We found someone who's been making veggie hotdogs from scratch for the past few years. Julie, who writes about "simple, accessible vegetarian and vegan recipes" at Baked In writes, "I've tried every vegetarian faux-hot dog on the market, and I have never been impressed. Not only are they just as processed as regular hot dogs...but they just don't taste very good. They tend to be rubbery and limp and flavorless."

So she made her own. She found a recipe on Thrifty Living for Homemade Veggie Hotdogs. You can find the recipe on either site. Here's Julie's version.

Vegetarian Hot Dogs_Baked In_Photo by Julie of Baked In
Vegetarian Hot Dogs | Photo by Julie of Baked In

"Relatively easy and actually really fun to make," writes Julie. "These look, smell, and taste about 100 times better than any store-bought fake hot dog -- and even give the real deal a run for its money."