Monday, 22 August 2011
SPAM is one of the quick-fix items that most Americans consume on a regular basis. However, did you know that most "Spamophiles" live in Hawaii? Hawaii is the number one SPAM-consuming state.
SPAM is a simple product. It was first introduced to the world in 1937 by the Hornel Food Company as a chopped pork shoulder and spiced ham mixture.
SPAM is 100 percent pork and ham. The other ingredients contain salt, water, sugar, sodium nitrate (a preservative) , and spices. These ingredients are blended together, canned, sealed, and cooked. That's it.
World War II has a lot to do with the popularity of SPAM. Since fresh meat was difficult to find, the soldiers on the the front, World War II saw the largest use of SPAM.
Millions of people were exposed to SPAM during the war when the U.S. government used to send a lot of it to Europe to feed our troops and our Russian and European allies.
Now SPAM is seen as a versatile item to work with. Despite, the fact that it's probably not healthy if you eat it a lot; it's still easy to work with and tasty. Many restaurants have been integrated in using SPAM in pasta, on pizza, in fried rice, noodles soups, sandwiches, and a lot more.
Macaroni & Cheese is a comfort food. I love adding different ingredients to macaroni & cheese. At one point, I added SPAM and broccoli and hands down, it was delicious.
I didn't need to add a lot of salt to the macaroni & cheese, precisely because the spam is pre-seasoned with salt and other preservatives. This is one of the many ways I use SPAM in my cooking.
As you can see, SPAM has had quite an interesting history and is now consumed by many Americans. It's a simple and versatile item to eat and to cook with!
What do you think of SPAM? Is there anything you've tried or made with SPAM?