What is SPAM® ?
SPAM® is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. On average, 3.8 cans are consumed every second in the United States. SPAM® is still quite popular in the United States, but is sometimes associated with economic hardship because of its relatively low cost.
What’s in SPAM® ?
Pork Shoulder and Rear (the meat)
Salt (flavor and assist in preservation, BTW there is lots of salt in it)
Water (goes without saying)
Potato Starch (a ‘binder’, and helps keep moisture inside the meat)
Sodium Nitrate (helps keep the meat pink)
What is the shelf life of SPAM® ?
On the bottom of every can of SPAM® product you’ll find a “best by” date. This is the date Hormel Foods recommends using the product by. But if you find yourself sitting on a stock of SPAM® during a zombie invasion… who’s to say… how long does any canned meat last? Arguably a few years (and much more if stored properly).
SPAM® is typically sold in 12 ounce cans. A (3.5-ounce) serving of original SPAM® provides 310 Calories, 13 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of total fat, including 10 grams of saturated fat. The cholesterol content of SPAM® is 70 milligrams. Your mileage may vary depending on your model of SPAM®.
From the standpoint of survival preparedness and food storage preps, SPAM® is a viable and relatively inexpensive meat product that stores very well. While one could argue the health attributes of eating lots of SPAM®, when it comes to survival… it’s a different story. It’s worth diversifying your food inventory to include SPAM® and other similar canned meat products while building a supply of various foods and food groups.
…food for thought
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