What You Never Knew About The All-Time Breakfast Favorite, Spam!
That classic meat in a can we all know as “Spam” will always be part of the must-haves in the grocery list for a lot of us. If you are storing canned goods in your pantry for that morning when you need a little ‘pick-me-up’ meal, a slice of ham with scrambled eggs and a few strips of bacon and a cup of your favorite coffee on the side will surely make your day brighter.
For sure you have one at home or have at least tried eating it for breakfast. But how much do you know about this food aside from the fact that it’s perfect for a full breakfast meal? Whether you love it, hate it, or have never tried it, it’s still interesting to know a little bit more about Spam.
Spam has a long history, dating all the way back to the 1930s. Based on the Spam website, eight billion cans of Spam have been sold worldwide since it first appeared on the grocery shelves. The product was first introduced in 1937, during the Great Depression.
Fresh pork back then was too expensive for most people. And for some, it can be hard to come by. But this canned meat product quickly became a household favorite. It’s affordable price and convenient. And by World War II, the product was in hot demand. The military purchased 150 million pounds of Spam by the war’s end.
The Spam website states that this canned has relatively simple ingredients. In fact, there are just six, in total – pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar, and sodium nitrite.
Aside from the original flavor, there are other flavor options that exist – Spam Lite, Spam Bacon, Spam Turkey, Spam Teriyaki, Spam Cheese, Spam Garlic, Spam Black Pepper, Spam Hickory Smoke, and Spam Portuguese Sausage!
And what’s in the name?
It’s not entirely clear why it’s called Spam. But Spam explains that the name was the brainchild of a brother of a Hormel Foods vice president. Many have guessed that ‘Spam’ means “shoulder of pork and ham” or “spiced ham,” yet it’s never been confirmed.
Compared to other countries worldwide, it cannot be denied that Spam has quite a huge following in Hawaii. They are in fact the biggest consumer of canned product. They are able to create amazing recipes out of this canned meat. From fried rice, seaweed pocket, omelet, and more. The Spam website notes, “Hawaii eats seven million cans of Spam products every year.”
South Korea goes second for the largest consumer of Spam. Koreans usually incorporate Spam in their sushi rolls also known as “kimbap.”
If that’s not enough for Spam fans, a museum dedicated to all things Spam is located in Austin, Minnesota. This is the birthplace of the Spam brand. The museum “pays tribute to its presence across the world.”
If you have never tried Spam before, then this is the time to experience what the brand says its taste “In a word: magic.”
The product closely resembles ham. The website also explains the process of making Spam. this involves adding the ingredients to pre-ground pork and ham, before the mixture is canned, vacuum sealed, and then cooked and cooled for three hours. The labels are applied and the cans are placed in cases and distributed to stores locally and abroad.