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05:55 PM on 05/14/2012
I am one of those who absolutely loves Spam. I don't think it tastes at all like ham, but it is delicious in its own right. And to dispel any notion that I don't know what good food is, let me assure you that I enjoy many foods, of many types, and I am an accomplished cook and baker. I just happen to like Spam. It is great lightly fried and served with eggs, it makes a very tasty sandwich, is quick, easy, and inexpensive. Not to mention that it is a staple in emergency preparedness kits.
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08:39 PM on 05/14/2012
There is often a difference between what one likes and what is good.

Knowing that difference is essential for a rich life.

It's perfectly OK to like Spam. It's very dangerous to think of it as good, or as a part of a healthy culinary culture.

If that sounds elitist, that's because it is. Nothing is more elite than real food.
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mugwhump
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09:59 PM on 05/14/2012
Try stirring fried cut up pieces of spam in your eggs.
09:22 AM on 05/20/2012
My parents cook spam with fried potatoes, green peppers and onions. I cannot wrap my head around that one, but Spam is a good choice for a quick lunch idea.
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longwalker21
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04:41 PM on 05/14/2012
I have eaten beans, sardines and spam from a can in civilian life. While in service, I ate C rations - everything was in a can - including hamburger & pork sausage. The only thing I had any problems with was the Ham & Lima beans. Not even a healthy dose of Tabasco sauce made that item eatable. Although we tried to heat the cans, we often had to eat the contents cold. The C ration baked beans were quite good eaten cold.
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waltwww
08:37 PM on 05/14/2012
Knew guys in Vietnam, they say the samething, they will not eat Lima beans to this day
10:50 PM on 05/14/2012
We called them Ham and Mother.....rs. Still a lot depends on how you were raised and what you like. I love sardines, spinach, greens, mackeral, corn, fruit, etc. If its in a can I can probably eat it and in most cases enjoy it. there are things in a can I do not like, but when you are hungry you eat what is available. if you are lucky enough to have never had to make due, then this discussion is not for you.
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binq56
Curious and curiouser.
03:35 PM on 05/14/2012
Until they all change the coatings in cans, I won't eat any of them! I think Campbell's just talked about replacing it with something non-toxic and Trader Joe's claims to. Who else?
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realitycheck101a
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03:20 PM on 05/14/2012
The plastic linings in cans contain BPA, a dangerous chemical. Google it...


"Study Finds Industrial Pollution Begins in the Womb"

Hundreds of Toxic Chemicals Measured in Newborn Babies

http://www.ewg.org/reports/bodyburden2/newsrelease.php


Body Burden Website

http://www.chemicalbodyburden.org/whatisbb.htm#What%20is%20the%20evidence%20for%20body%20burden%20How%20long%20have%20we%20known%20about%20this%20problem
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Boissiere Parker
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10:51 PM on 05/13/2012
Anything in a can, especially a meal in a can is a no go. I would have to be in a emergent situation and my survival would have to depend on that food, ie. natural disaster.
06:06 PM on 05/13/2012
As far as I'm concerned, none are okay! Anything in a can, the sodium content is absolutely ridiculous! I know the salt preserves the product, but for heaven's sake, the average sodium content of a can is about 500 mgs.
09:31 PM on 05/12/2012
Canned cranberries are gross in my opinion, its so easy to make something yumm with them from scratch. I do love canned beans and even though i cook almost all our meals from scratch ill admit to having a weekness for spam :(
Once a year i buy a can, fry it and put it on white bread with tomato and mayo....yummmm
10:09 PM on 05/11/2012
Canned beans...what do they tast like not from a can? Haha.

Beans are one of the key kitchen essentials:
http://fedupfood.com/2012/04/09/fed-ups-manly-kitchen-essentials/
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catsanon
Humans... Such silly creatures.
04:17 PM on 05/11/2012
Canned Cranberries gets a thumbs up? Ycchhhh.

Boy, are you really missing out - and it's not as if there's anything difficult about making cranberry sauce. Plus when making your own, YOU get to control the sugar content (heck, I just cook cranberries with some apples and either skip the sugar entirely or add very little).

At least the picture didn't show the stuff that stays in the shape of the can when removed...
qtpeye46
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02:40 PM on 05/13/2012
me I cook them in orange juice and once they pop open I remove from heat and add 1/2 pack of sugar free orange jello and let it cool. OMGoodness its great for the Stuffing and then the NEXT day great over pancakes or waffles!
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catsanon
Humans... Such silly creatures.
08:43 PM on 05/13/2012
Sounds good!
12:07 PM on 05/11/2012
Eh, they never had spam pan fried then drizzled with sweet soy sauce slapped on rice and wrapped in seaweed eh?

A little piece in saimin?

Even fried with eggs and a side of Hawaiian bread toast it's always good.
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oldgraymare
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01:16 PM on 05/11/2012
Oh yessssss! Spam Musubi (your first description)....breakfast of champion surfers (and thousands of Hawaiian youngsters)
Saimin - yes too.
And don't forget - crispy diced bits in homemade fried rice!
A hui hou!
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longwalker21
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04:47 PM on 05/14/2012
oldgreymare : Hawaiians really like Spam and have many recipes that uses Spam as the main ingredient. I served with a number of Hawaiians and, since I liked Spam and the various condiments that the Japanese, Koreans & Chinese had brought to Hawaii, I was dubbed an "Honorary Hawaiian" and allowed to share the "care packages" that mothers & grandmothers sent to their sons & grandsons in service. Of course, I dubbed them all "Honorary Irishmen" when my mother or grandmother sent home made Irish Soda Bread.
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11:45 AM on 05/11/2012
Spam is to Hawaiians what fry-bread is to Native Americans, a fake 'tradition' so cleverly infiltrated into the society that everyone thinks it's great. Native Americans didn't have fry-bread until about a century ago, about the same time that canning and processing became so profitable, along with obesity and diabetes, (now rampant in the Indian communities).

Culinary Imperialism is nothing new: The Spanish did it with flour, (tortillas), and the English tried it in India. It works when the indigenous cultures allow it, (Spam). It fails when the culture is strong enough to stand up to it, (corn tortillas).

And someone will always point out the benevolence of the invaders. Yes, like all those blankets the nice settlers gave the Indians to keep them warm.
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Kelly L White
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07:48 AM on 05/11/2012
Somebody's never been very hungry, I guess. When your belly button has been playing tag with your backbone for five or six days- you end up a lot less picky. I know.....
qtpeye46
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02:41 PM on 05/13/2012
Amen!
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darksideofthespoon
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03:57 AM on 05/11/2012
All cans (food, drink and tetra packages) are lined with BPA. Even Coke cans. Even worse, companies like this defend it's use.

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/7-companies-you-can-trust-to-use-bpa-free-cans.html
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realitycheck101a
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03:18 PM on 05/14/2012
People are largely unaware of just how dangerous and ubiquitous BPA is...
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darksideofthespoon
what we think we become
12:10 PM on 05/15/2012
I'm a new mom to a 2 month old. I feed her largely breastmilk but have emergency formula. I recently looked and saw that all cans of formula, even for powdered formula contain BPA. Disgusting.
03:56 AM on 05/11/2012
: Corned Beef Hash, Spam or even better Armor Treat, Chickin Broth, Chili con Carne and any thing from Chef Boyardee Are basic Iron Ratins and should be in EVERY pantry in the land! Along with Pinto Beans and Rice.
qtpeye46
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02:42 PM on 05/13/2012
Yes YES yes!
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06:45 PM on 05/14/2012
I eat canned mini ravioli straight from the can. I have not gotten sick from it yet. yumm
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03:28 AM on 05/11/2012
"We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun." George Orwell, 1937

The people of Hawaii, always referenced in these articles, lived in Paradise until their homelands were taken over by the US, who then created food shortages, etc. which were then resolved by a steady supply of hideous concoctions like Spam. Manufactured tastes, manufactured culture.

Just the fact that you 'like' it doesn't make it good.

I wanna go back,
to my little grass shack...