Have you ever wondered, “What is SPAM made of?” and “What is SPAM shelf life?” I know that I have…
SPAM is a relatively inexpensive meat product that stores very well.
It lasts forever, right?
Monty Python spam spam spam spam…
SPAM is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. It was first introduced in 1937.
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Classic 12 Ounce Can (Pack of 12)
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SPAM is still quite popular in the United States.
3.8 cans are consumed here every second!
Hawaii / Islanders especially love their SPAM! Residents there have the highest per capita consumption in the United States.
Here’s what SPAM is made of:
what SPAM is made of
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)
Sodium Nitrate (color – keeps the meat pink)
SPAM Shelf Life
It is fully cooked, in the can. Ready to eat cold, or hot.
SPAM shelf life is forever, right? ;)
Not actually. But it will store well for a long time.
On the bottom of every can you’ll find a “best by” date. This is the date Hormel Foods recommends using the product by. I just checked some of my own recently purchased cans and compared the stamped date with when I bought them. The stamped date differential (and therefore, spam shelf life) looks like 3 years.
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.
[ Read: Use By & Sell By Dates ]
I keep an inventory of SPAM as part of my overall food storage. I have eaten it years beyond it’s supposed date and not only was it still SPAMalicious, I’m still here to tell you about it…
SPAM (Classic) is sold in 12 ounce cans. I just picked up a can from my own inventory and this is what the label reads:
Calories 1080 (180 x 6 servings)
Total Fat 96 grams (16 x 6 servings)
of which 36 grams Saturated Fat (6 x 6 servings)
Cholesterol 240 mg (40 x 6 servings)
Salt 4.7 grams (1/6 tsp x 6 servings)
Carbohydrates 6 grams (1 x 6 servings)
Protein 42 grams (7 x 6 servings)
There’s almost a full day’s worth of protein in a can of SPAM! What more excuse do you need to eat some?
[ Read: How Much Protein Do You Need Each Day? ]
A single can has 1080 calories. That’s also a nice dense source of calories and protein to add with one’s overall diversified food storage for preparedness.
And there’s only 6 grams of Carbs in a whole can. Which is pretty good too if you’re on a low carb Keto diet…
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