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Wham, Bam, Thank you, SPAM!
Introduced by Hormel in 1937 as Hormel Spiced Ham, SPAM has worked its way into popular culture as well as onto the shelves of stores in 43 countries. Although it's made from pork shoulder, it's been the butt of many jokes over the years, the most famous probably being the Monty Python skits.
A staple on camping trips, purchased regularly in Australia and eaten with eggs, rice or noodles as a breakfast meat in Asia, SPAM gained popularity in the United States during lean economic times and is currently making a comeback as wallets shrink and belts tighten.
Watch this video about the much maligned pink meat and chime in on your thoughts about SPAM.
LOL...you know, I spent a good many years living off Spam and I gotta say, I love it. I haven't had it in awhile because I've always thought of it as the 'starving college kid' food, but I need to cut my food budget back a little, so this might be something I turn back to. For those who've never been inclined to try Spam, it's not bad and I'd take it over Ramen noodles (bleh!) There's tons you can do with it, too. You can grill it up (or fry if you prefer) for sandwiches...fyi, it's not good with cheese!...you can cut it up and put it in pork and beans, all kinds of stuff. I'll have to pull out some old recipes!
Yeah, I'd have to say if times got really tough, that I would have to switch back to Ramen noodles before I'd go with spam. Although, I admit that I haven't ever tried it. I don't really like pork, so I doubt I would like pork shoulder!
Ahhhh!!!! No! Please buy a can of beans and cook up some brown rice instead. Yuck. Eech! So gross.
OK, I'm done now.