What Is The Origin Of Spam? – Interesting Facts From Semalt Expert

Spam is the butt of jokes. However, this canned ham product is rooted in the American history. It has gained popularity over the years and has gone from a luncheon meat to a pop culture icon. Spam was first created by Hormel Company in the 19th century and used to be a favorite thing during the World War II. It was consumed in the United States on a large scale because it was considered to be much delicious than other meats. With time, spam became a famous product and a favorite item for the troops abroad, which was known for its convenient shipping and stability.

Jack Miller, the Semalt Senior Customer Success Manager, adds that spam is still famous and used in Hawaii, where it has one of the highest consumption rates per capita. It is equally famous in some parts of Asia and the United Kingdom. It is also worth noting that spam is currently being sold in more than forty countries all over the world.

Spam main ingredients

The main ingredients of classic spam are pork with ham, potato starch, salt, sodium nitrite, sugar, and water. The potato starch is used for meat binding, while sodium nitrate acts as a preserving agent. A jelly-like, thick substance that is wrapped around spam is made of gelatins and solidifies the meat used. Depending on spam, you can find there some other ingredients too such as chicken, turkey, chilies, and peppers. Spam comes in different flavors and is liked all over the world. It has both high and low sodium varieties that are healthier than any other meal.

How is spam used?

You can bake, fry, grill or eat spam in the cold form. It can also be used precooked, which means heating is optional. The best way to use spam is pan-friend, along with your favorite noodles or eggs. You can use it for breakfast as it's a versatile meal. Spam can also be used in burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and curries. Spam fans are famous for their creative and unique uses of this canned meat. It's not the most delicious and nutritious meal, but you can make it a part of your daily diet as spam has loads of preservatives and saturated fats. If you are going camping, you can bring it with you in cold form.

Spam Celebrations

Spam is commonly used in Waikiki and other parts of Hawaii. In the last week of April, a festival is celebrated and is dedicated to spam aficionados. It is one of the most famous festivals in the United States of America. On this occasion, locals consume lots of spam, and millions of cans are sold. Besides, Austin has a unique spam museum, and the Hormel company, which is located in this town, manufactures and sells spam at a large scale. The town of Shady Cove in Oregon is famous the world over for its annual spam parades.

Spam in the Pop Culture

It's safe to mention that spam has become an essential part of the American culture since the World War II. At that time, it was used in the war as the primary source of food for soldiers. When the war came to an end, Hormell assembled a group of musicians and several young ladies known as the Hormell Girls. These women used to promote spam and entertained people with their patriotic songs.