Happy Birthday SPAM! America’s Canned Meat Turns 80!

Happy 80th Birthday Spam!

Yes, food lovers – and food historians are nothing that it was 80 years ago today that Spam was introduced to foodies!

As the UK’s Independent newspaper reports:

“The instantly recognisable chopped pork and ham food made its first appearance on US plates in 1937, its launch coinciding with the end of the Great Depression (1929-39). Nowadays its appetising oeuvre includes burgers, bubble and squeak, omelettes and sushi.”

Leave it to the Brits to use it for “Bubble and Squeak”!

So how and why was Spam invented? Well, in the 30’s, the Hormel Food company was making a lot of pork products, but found themselves with too much leftover pork shoulder…what to do?

How about mix it with some ham and lots and lots of spices and turn it into a national treasure – look how many variations of spam exist today!

Slice off a piece and make a nice sandwich – or look at what enterprising Chefs are doing with it!

That’s right, two slice of grilled spam make any burger better! And when I was in Tokyo, I found THIS:

Tokyo loves their spam as well! In fact – and please do not judge me – but I found this once and ate it:


Trust me, it tastes good! In fact, the concept of “canning” food has been with us for almost a hundred years, and it has allowed people to preserve their favorite foods to consume anytime – so it’s time to celebrate great food


unique canned food

bizarre canned food

Get ready to surprise your food fanatic with some of the most unique tastes they’ve ever experienced – you’ll not only get a big hug, but perhaps a look like this as well!


Time To Celebrate Food In A Can!

Yes, it’s time once again to bite down hard on some of the strangest stuff that comes CANNED!

unique bacon product canned bacon

Hungarian Canned Bacon!

Yes, our good friend bacon is also available in a canned version. And I see why it works so well – just stand it up on end, roll it up and slide it in! Now you have the goodness of bacon whenever you want it – just pop the top and unroll some deliciousness!

bacon in a can

You know what you could use that bacon on? Yes, you do know – but in case you are trying to forget, I am here to remind you:

The Cheeseburger In A Can!

The greatest invention ever – a canned cheeseburger that you can take hiking – just heat and serve, which I did – remember?

While it may not look all that appetizing, it actually tasted OK!

You can see my entire taste test here:


OK, time to edge into wacky territory for canned food, and here’s an idea for you: canned sheep tongue!

canned sheep tongue

Many cultures eat tongue, so it is something you will find on more progressive ethnic menus…beef tongue is eaten like bologna, so it’s not THAT unusual:

canned sheep tongue

Well, after looking at ten pounds of sheep’s tongue, maybe it IS UNUSUAL:

Armadillo Meat!

Now, from the wacky to the bizarre, let’s take a look at other mystery meats coming out of a can soon:

bizarre canned food

Yes, you can keep a can of Armadillo at the ready, just in case you have the need – now you have the ability as well!

Creamed Armadillo On The Half Shell!

bizarre food

I can only imagine that if you want some Armadillo, but don’t have the time to “cream” it yourself, this is for you…and speaking of strange “creamed meats in a can”:

Creamed Possum!

bizarre canned food items

I almost wish this was a joke – unless I am missing something, Possum doesn’t come to mind as a meat to eat in any way, especially creamed.

But, just in case this sparks some sort of cooking frenzy in you, I actually found a website that is all for you – here is a possum recipe!


Finally, here is one of the greatest – and most honest – food products of all:


“Potted Meat Food Product!”

Hey, talk about “truth in advertising!” It’s a potted meat food product – there are many on the market, and this is NO knock against the quality of Libby’s version: it’s a product, much like spam, that uses lesser parts of an animal, and adds seasoning and spices…it’s mostly used on crackers as a sort of pate:

canned meat

Among the ingredients: Mechanically separated chicken, pork skin, partially defatted cooked pork fatty tissue, partially defatted cooked beef fatty tissue, vinegar, less than 2% of: salt, spices, sugar, flavorings, sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite.

Again, there is no knock against this type of food – it’s just a unique packaging style to be sure! And, to end on a very pointless note, I leave you with this:

STILL not enough for you? I told you about Spam Sushi, but what about this new way to eat sushi!

sushi in a tube

Yes, sushi poppers! Sushi in a tube is close to food in a can, right?

Click HERE to read all about this amazing new food product!


Enjoy all of this unique food goodness – and remember to bite down hard!
There you go – and remember, Happy Birthday Spam!

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2 replies

  1. Hooray for Spam! The last time you posted about Spam, I bought some, and really enjoyed it in a sandwich. It really hadn’t changed in more that 50 years.
    Maybe not ‘creamed possum’ though. Hmm…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Pete, it’s a very salty meat product, but with all of the new seasonings it actually isn’t a bad way to add some fun zing to a meal! Agree on the possum, posted that to get reaction!!!!!

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