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SPAM® For Food Storage

July 30, 2015, by Ken Jorgustin


From the standpoint of survival preparedness and food storage, SPAM® is a relatively inexpensive meat product that stores very well. While one could point out the potential negative health attributes of eating SPAM® long-term, when it comes to SHTF survival — it’s a different story 😉 SPAM® packs a lot of calories and protein in a small package.

Note: Any food storage plan should be well diversified – various foods and food groups.

Have you ever wondered what’s in SPAM®? Here’s more:


SPAM® is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, and was first introduced in 1937.

SPAM® is still quite popular in the United States.
3.8 cans are consumed here every second


SPAM® (Classic) Ingredients List

Pork with Ham — Shoulder and Rear (the meat)
Salt (flavor and assist in preservation)
Potato Starch (a ‘binder’, and helps keep moisture inside the meat)
Sugar (sweetness)
Sodium Nitrate (color – keeps the meat pink)


The Shelf Life Of SPAM®

SPAM® lasts forever, right? 😉

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. However, as with most canned foods, these dates are not when the food becomes unsafe to eat. In fact, many canned foods can be safely consumed LONG afterwards. When in doubt, always cook it before eating.
Use-By and Sell-By Dates


Nutrition Facts of SPAM®

SPAM® (Classic) is sold in 12 ounce cans and contain the following:

840 calories (180 x 6 servings)
96 grams of Total Fat (16 x 6 servings)
36 grams of Saturated Fat (6 x 6 servings)
240 mg of Cholesterol (40 x 6 servings)
4.7 grams of Salt (almost 1 tsp)
6 grams of Carbohydrates (1 x 6 servings)
42 grams of Protein (7 x 6 servings)


SPAM Single Classic, 2.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 24)

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