Skip to comments.Spam Turns Serious and Hormel Turns Out More (economic bright spot)
Posted on 11/15/2008 6:35:31 AM PST by xtinct
The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain. But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better. They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.
Jerrys Other Place sells a Spamburger for $6.29. The workers make Spam, perhaps the emblematic hard-times food in the American pantry.
Through war and recession, Americans have turned to the glistening canned product from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting something that resembles meat on the table. Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can produce.
In a factory that abuts Interstate 90, two shifts of workers have been making Spam seven days a week since July, and they have been told that the relentless work schedule will continue indefinitely.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Obama responsible for Spam and Velveta rejuvination!!
Didn’t both of these products originate during the great depression?
article says they did...
A heckuva lot of people in this country just plain LIKE Spam. My wife is one of them.
I only read the excerpt. :)
I bought many cans of Spam a few weeks ago - just in case...
Product has a real long shelf life and it’s going to stay there on the shelf - just in case...
I remember reading somewhere a long while back that Hawaii consumes the most spam of any state. I always thought that was kinda funny and odd at the same time.
Spam fed the Russian Army for the 2nd half of WW2. There is a Spam festival in Russia yearly.
I notice you didn't say YOU like spam. LOL
Sometimes there is nothing better than crispy fried spam on toast with a smear of Hellman's mayo.
You and my husband can go out for a burger somewhere. We girls can have Spam sammies. :)
I bet Spam sales volume could be used a an economic predicter. Tough times ahead?
Glenn Beck said on his radio progam one day this week that he pays a small fortune for economic/financial advice...he said: "Please, go buy food, NOW!"
Yes, Spam and Velveeta are a treat for some folks. But I’d bet you’ll see a SERIOUS spike in coronary artery disease within a few years. Maybe even enough to take down Obama’s universal health care system.
Euthanasia. Yeah, EUTHANASIA, that’s the ticket.
I have always found SPAM to be costly for the amount of meat you get. I generally buy the generic SPAM at Walmart.
I have to agree that fried SPAM is delicious, and my family loves it.
Growing up I always hated SPAM because my parents never cooked it and I could not get over the icky jelly all over a cold lump of meat. Come to think of it my parents never could cook very well.
I'm all about grilled chicken salad...
Oddly, name-brand spam is not really all that cheap when you price it by the pound... There are lots of meats cheaper than spam.
Here’s a recipe for everyone, to help you get through the 4 lean years of Obamanomics:
RECIPE: My wife has made spam cassarole for years. Slice spam into 2x2 squares a quarter inch thick. Slice white potatoes thin (about 5 times as much potatoes as spam), mix both in a bowl with some margarine and seasoning (we use Morton’s “Nature’s Seasoning”), pour into a buttered cassarole dish and bake at 350 until the potatoes are tender and it’s browned on top. I teased her about it for years, but it’s surprisingly good.
I see 2 hotdogs, rice?, spam, but can’t guess at the other stuff. What is the brown pile on the right? And what’s the top left stuff?
It’s $6 a pound around where I live. That is not an economy food; it’s a luxury I buy as an occasional treat for my son, who devours it. One $6 chunk of spam is gone in less than two minutes. Where the saving is in that, I don’t know.
Velveeta doesn't last that long, although it has a longer refrigerator life than real cheese. The expiration date is pretty accurate according to my experience.
When we go to Hawaii, we always look for the foods the locals eat. Cheap (by Hawaiian stds) and pretty tasty.
Oh yeah, I skip the spam!
Just had Spam this week. About every 3-4 months, I have the urge.
layer slices of Spam with slices of mozzerella, cover with spaghetti sauce, bake for an hour. A little garlic bread, and about a gallon of thirst quencher, and you’re good to go.
I Love Spam. Make it with Shells and Velveeta cheese. Yum! :)
Count me as one. Either fried or sliced very thin and piled on a sandwich.
Hmmm... if I had to... I’d go back to what kept me going in college: peanut butter (Jiff smooth variety) & strawberry jam sam’itches, pancakes, & raman noodles.
yes, spam should only be used as a weapon.
I’ve never been to Hawaii, so would you please identify the other food items that are not as readily indentifiable as the spam?
I used to eat that stuff. It was okay if it was fried to a crisp and eaten on a sandwich with mustard. But during these upcoming hard times I’m out of luck. There’s too much salt and fat and being a heart patient I just won’t be able to eat it. Then again, if you’re hungry enough you’ll eat just about anything.
I remember seeing a large depot of cases of Spam somewhere overseas
It was a stacks of cases maybe 20 or more cases high, laid out in a
“U” shape and commonly called
My dad was a teenager in England in the early years of the war, before the US entered after Pearl Harbor. England was blockaded and starving. The shipping convoys from North America were packed with cheap, high-calorie foodstuffs. Dad survived on Spam and peanut butter for a couple of years, and can't tolerate eating either of them to this day.
Yeah, but can you use those other meats as a doorstop for six months before eating them, and can you use their jelly to lube your bicycle chain?
I didn’t think so.
Love that picture, Lady Jag... rofl
omg... you’re killing me... roflmao!!!
I think some of that stuff is featured in the movie “Alien.”
Do you like sushi?
rofl... are you a PhotoShop expert? These are great.
I'm getting hungry posting these and I have no Spam!
Rack of Spam was a real winner at the Hicks cookout in RI a few years ago.
What the heck is the black thing on the right??
That's about a 4000 calorie lunch, and Hawaiians eat them on a regular basis. More Spam is sold in Hawaii than anywhere else- a favorite K-Rat item brought back from the Nisei 100th Bn and 442nd RCT who fought in North Africa and Europe during WWII.
” ... too much salt ...”
Look for Spam Lite, in the pale blue can.
Guess I should buy it once in a while!
BTW, I also saw a Velveeta commercial on TV yesterday.
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