SPAM! Is it something you love or hate? Usually people have strong opinions of SPAM. But either way you have heard of the ‘meat product’.
Since it was introduced to grocery store shelves in 1937 by the Hormel Corporation it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.
Now available in over 44 countries around the world, the canned meat has been part of American culture for 80 years!
But what is the ‘mystery meat’? Some rumors surrounding the meat have become urban legend status. The accronym doesn’t stand for “Scientifically Processed Animal Matter”. It’s not made of people and it doesn’t have anything to do with EMAILS!
The list of ingredients is simple:
– Pork shoulder
– Sodium Nitrate
Potato Flour was recently added to the recipe to prevent gelatin from forming over the meat because it actually turned some people off from the product.
SPAM quickly became popular in WWII when the army realized the canned meat could be sent to the soldiers on the front line because it doesn’t need refrigerated.
It has been referenced in many forms of pop culture, but perhaps the most famous is the Monty Python sketch that made the idea of Spam famous.
Today, it remains popular all across America and the world! In the UK, Spam is served with breakfast and added to burgers for an extra “spammy” flavor.
So if you are in a pinch for supper just grab yourself a can of SPAM.