SPAM® For Food Storage

April 6, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


From the standpoint of survival preparedness and food storage preps, SPAM® is one viable addition and 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.

Just remember that any food storage plan and inventory should be well diversified into many various foods and food groups

Here’s more information about SPAM®:


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, and on average, 3.8 cans are consumed every second (in the U.S.). 


SPAM® Ingredients List

Pork 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 necessarily 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® is typically sold in 12 ounce cans and contain the following:

840 calories
128 grams of fat
240 mg of cholesterol
4.7 grams of salt (almost 1 tsp)
6 grams of Carbohydrates
48 grams of Protein

SPAM® Classic, 12-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6 )

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