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As Food Prices Soar, So Do Sales Of Spam
CBSNews ^ | May 28, 2008 | staff reporter

Posted on 05/29/2008 3:20:01 AM PDT by Daffynition

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To: JoeGar

I was born in the Philippines and they LOVE Spam over there.

I think it does have something to do with WWII. Things that the military ate became treats to the citizens because they would be given them as gifts or rewards, or as rations. Anything American was very highly esteemed. Up to this day Filipinos love processed cheese and canned corned beef too. My grandfather worked underground for the Americans in some kind of radio operator capacity (we never knew exactly what he did - he died about 5 years after the end of WWII and he never talked about the details with his family). My mom remembers him bringing home Spam and cheese every once in a while.


51 posted on 05/29/2008 8:06:06 AM PDT by mom3boys
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To: Daffynition; Calm_Cool_and_Elected
Dollar Store Gourmets:

http://www.newsobserver.com/105/story/1087334.html

52 posted on 05/29/2008 8:40:44 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (So many books, so little time!)
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To: Roccus

The BEST crockpot recipe books are by Lynn Alley.


53 posted on 05/29/2008 8:42:18 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (So many books, so little time!)
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To: wildbill
We also shop via the sale flyer each week. Last week I was able to buy Black Angus NY Strip Steaks - Buy One, Get One Free. I got four steaks for $10.43! We don't eat like that every day, but I bought a few extra for my freezer. I often prepare two meals, one for dinner and one for the freezer based on whatever meat is on sale that week. Just takes a little forethought and planning.

CC&E

54 posted on 05/29/2008 8:48:12 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (So many books, so little time!)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

Beans and spam...Camp food...


55 posted on 05/29/2008 8:48:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: RayChuang88
You can get those containers at the thrift stores for pennies on the dollar. A trip through the dishwasher, and they are like new.
56 posted on 05/29/2008 8:51:31 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Daffynition

Spam is part of the Y2K stash, but is not part of the diet as yet.


57 posted on 05/29/2008 8:55:01 AM PDT by RightWhale (We see the polygons)
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To: brwnsuga
SPAM is eatable but this Scrapple stuff, yuck!


58 posted on 05/29/2008 8:58:21 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: 4yearlurker

(...Hormel opened a processing plant in China.)

You just ruined Hormel Chili for me forever.
Thanks
:(


59 posted on 05/29/2008 9:03:59 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: retrokitten

I was forced to swig down a Dirty Martini without puking out of repect for the person who bought it for me once.
Holding down a Spamtini? Forget about it!!!


60 posted on 05/29/2008 9:14:13 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Daffynition

After nuclear war, all that will be left is Cher, cockroaches and cans of Spam.


61 posted on 05/29/2008 9:16:42 AM PDT by najida (The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: mom3boys
I was born in the Philippines and they LOVE Spam over there. I think it does have something to do with WWII.

My father was in Leyte during WWII. He never saw combat. He said his job was to guard the chow lines to keep starving Japanese soldiers, masquerading as Americans, from sneaking a meal.

62 posted on 05/29/2008 9:17:19 AM PDT by JoeGar
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To: mowowie

A dirty martini is basically all gin, so I can see why that happened to you, especially if you are not normally a drinker.

Maybe if they called it a Spamtini and it was just a gimmick, I could slug it down. But that big cube of Spam in there really churns my stomach.


63 posted on 05/29/2008 9:19:41 AM PDT by retrokitten (Never let someone be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.)
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To: retrokitten

It’s the Bleu Cheese part that makes me sick just thinking about it. yech.
That mixed in the Martini on a swaying Cruise ship almost made me have a little accident all over the table. lol!
I took all the willpower i could muster to hold it back!


64 posted on 05/29/2008 9:36:40 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: najida

I saw pics of Cher all over Vegas last week.
I truly believe she will outlast even the cockroaches.


65 posted on 05/29/2008 9:39:38 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: retrokitten

It’s the cold pork fat aspect of the cube of Spam.

Granted, very thin sliced Spam fried crispy is OK. Cold in a cube? Gag.


66 posted on 05/29/2008 9:44:51 AM PDT by najida (The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: All
This is a bit off topic,but does anybody know if they still make Spatinni? Powdered spaghetti sauce! Just mix it in a pot of warm water and yum! Trailer park epicure at it's finest!
67 posted on 05/29/2008 9:56:56 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (I miss Ronnie!!!!!)
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To: Sacajaweau

“Great for camping.”

Fried spam and eggs is a ritual~!


68 posted on 05/29/2008 10:01:17 AM PDT by Rebelbase (McCain: The Third Bush Term ?)
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To: Eepsy

“My grocery store had sausage chubs, a dollar a pound last week”

I’m afraid to ask!


69 posted on 05/29/2008 10:04:15 AM PDT by Rebelbase (McCain: The Third Bush Term ?)
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To: Rebelbase

What NOT to do on a camping trip....Cook a box of macaroni over a campfire.


70 posted on 05/29/2008 10:05:43 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: Rebelbase
We always cooked 5 pounds of potatoes before leaving home and kept them in the cooler.

Ahhhh, the good ole days when we brought home walleyes from Canada packed in sawdust and ice.

71 posted on 05/29/2008 10:07:52 AM PDT by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: Sacajaweau

For the record, Kraft Shells and cheese with Spam is an old camping favorite. One box of Kraft stuff is easily cooked in boiling water, add the soft cheese and chunks of spam.....Ymmmm!! goooood!!


72 posted on 05/29/2008 10:08:24 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The Bitcons will elect a Democrat by default)
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To: bert

We always added a can of chili to our Kraft dinner. Heart-attack in a bowl but, mmmmmm, so good....


73 posted on 05/29/2008 10:15:46 AM PDT by Eepsy (12-26-2008 +1)
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To: kalee

spam and/or ramen noodles twice a week????


74 posted on 05/29/2008 10:16:05 AM PDT by Cailleach
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To: najida
It’s the cold pork fat aspect of the cube of Spam.

And gin soaked.

75 posted on 05/29/2008 11:35:25 AM PDT by retrokitten (Never let someone be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.)
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To: Daffynition

OMG! I’m trying to cut calories and I think I just consumed 1000 calories just lusting after this sandwich. Quick, send me a picture of cheesecake for my desert! :-)


76 posted on 05/29/2008 11:56:36 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!!)
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To: Daffynition

“She cooks meals like Spam fried rice and Spam sandwiches two or three times a month, up from once a month previously.”

Oh, the horror!


77 posted on 05/29/2008 11:59:37 AM PDT by CSM (Hey if a small tax increase didn't work, a bigger tax increase should not work even BETTER!)
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To: Sacajaweau

“What NOT to do on a camping trip....Cook a box of macaroni over a campfire.”

Of course not silly, the box would burst into flames rather quickly!


78 posted on 05/29/2008 12:12:18 PM PDT by CSM (Hey if a small tax increase didn't work, a bigger tax increase should not work even BETTER!)
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To: brwnsuga

You’re such a sweetie! Which do you prefer ... the Italian version [made with ricotta] or the purist’s version made with
cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla and heavy cream?

When I’m in NYC, I try to bring home some from a tiny shop called The Little Red Hen on the Upper East Side ...exquisite! The cheese cake at Rao’s is excellent too.

Wish I had one right now to share with you!


79 posted on 05/29/2008 1:14:27 PM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: retrokitten
"Spamtini"? LOL!!!!

(I laugh, but it gives me a queasy feeling too :o)

80 posted on 05/29/2008 4:41:59 PM PDT by silent_jonny (Part of me is intrigued and the other part is disgusted at the part that is intrigued.)
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To: Pure Country

Sure you can. I do it all the time, at least 2x a month especially in the winter. 10 lb chicken - Sunday, roast chicken (mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegs). In a day or so, hot roast chicken sandwiches, use up the rest of the stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Pick it apart with your fingers, getting any decent sized pieces off and tearing them up. There’s your casserole pieces, say with bowtie pasta, mixed veggies or throw some broccoli/cauliflower/carrot chunks in, some frozen peppers from the garden, any gravy leftovers. Maybe a can of cream of chicken or mushroom if it’s thin, a can of milk and bake. Just like those frozen bags of skillet dinners you can buy now but much, much better.

**THEN**, you take whatever is left. Bones, meat, skin, bits of dripping off the serving platter and throw it in the stock pot. Chop up and throw in an onion, several large carrots and stalks of celery, some buillion. Let it simmer for awhile and cool, then strain. There is still going to be a ton of meat there, most people throw it away. You have to pick through it with your fingers, throw the scraps away (skin, bones, squishy carrot, lol). When you’re done, you have enough stock for a soup or stew, along with meat already in it. Cook some diced up carrots and potatoes, frozen peas and top with biscuit dough when it’s boiling and you’ve got stew with dumplings. Or cook it in the oven with crust and you’ve got pot pie.

The turkey that fed us for 8 days was 25 lbs so I had more to work with. People throw away an awful lot of meat with the carcass if they don’t stew and pick it. Sometimes I’ll just stew it and get my stock then freeze that until I’m ready to use it. There are usually at least one or two meals left on the birds when most people throw it out. I’ve been doing it for 23 years, as my mother and her mother did. It can be done.


81 posted on 05/29/2008 6:59:46 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: ktscarlett66
Good post back when I was money deprived wife and I bought a “roasting chicken” from the local supermarket not your little fryer but a big chicken. That thing fed us for a week at least. About the time we got to chicken stock noodle soup I was getting tired of it but I was not hungry. We of course did other similar things to stretch the food budget, the point is that many people in this country think that a cheap meal is a fast food joint and have no idea how to simply cook cheap for themselves.
82 posted on 05/29/2008 7:22:55 PM PDT by nomorelurker (keep flogging them till morale improves)
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To: nomorelurker

LOL at your ‘getting tired of it’. I still remember on payday that week asking hubby “I’m going grocery shopping tonight, is there anything you want me to pick up?” and his reply was “RED MEAT!!”

During the infamous Week Of The Turkey (although that was the first, it wasn’t the only week we’ve had to do that over the years) we ate well too. One of the things I made that week (desperate or just creative?) was turky spaghetti. I did have a jar of Ragu and I threw in a lot of bite sized pieces of turkey and added a bunch of parmesan cheese. It turned out to be one of my sons’ favorite meals and I still make it to this day, chicken or turkey. One nice thing about cooking with a whole chicken like that is you pretty much have several meals that week that are good and *fast*, after the initial roast on Sunday and the time spent stewing and picking. *That* is how you eat homecooked and well, year after year.


83 posted on 05/29/2008 7:32:13 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: Bringbackthedraft
"Where jerky comes from"


84 posted on 05/30/2008 7:36:24 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: ktscarlett66

Okay, where do you buy this 10 lb. chicken? I just called the meat department at the grocery and they laughed when I asked if I could buy a 10 pounder. They said 5 or 6 is very large. You would have to buy a turkey if you wanted 10 lbs. Do you buy them at a special place? I was raised on a farm and we sold chickens and eggs and never dressed out a 10 lb. chicken.


85 posted on 05/30/2008 10:36:58 AM PDT by Pure Country
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To: Pure Country

I buy them at Walmart, Perdue Oven Stuffer. Before Walmart came to town, I bought them at Farm Fresh. Sometimes at Farm Fresh it was the ‘store brand’ of whole chicken. They don’t always come that big but I’ll buy the biggest one they have. I can still do all the stuff I mentioned with an 8lb bird and sometimes that’s all I have to work with. Capons usually are about 8-10lbs. Large, whole chickens are getting harder to find because most people want skinless breasts or ready to reheat chicken pieces.

My 21 year old son laughed when I told him about this thread and he said “You do amazing things with one chicken. I’ve seen you do it all my life.” I even buy a whole chicken cut up if that’s all I can get (and that’s usually only about $3 or $4) and stew that. Then I’ll get a couple meals out of just that. It’s that Yankee ingenuity and thriftiness I suppose.


86 posted on 05/30/2008 4:48:30 PM PDT by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: ktscarlett66
I'm going to look for a Perdue Oven Stuffer. That would be great! I wonder if our WalMart has them? Have you ever smoked one in a smoker? My husband has this Traeger Smoker Grill that he is crazy over. I'm here to tell you that pizza is not good in a smoker. I don't know whatever possessed him.......LOL! He has even smoked Grilled Cheese--that weren't grilled....of course, he thought they were great!

What area of the country do you live in? I'm wondering about that big chicken and where I can find it....

87 posted on 05/30/2008 8:31:39 PM PDT by Pure Country
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To: brwnsuga

I’m going to make it a point to buy a few cans this weekend, just to add to the run on SPAM!! LOL


88 posted on 05/30/2008 9:15:21 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: Daffynition
Good Lord! Now thats a sandwich!
89 posted on 05/30/2008 9:20:53 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: chaos_5

LOL! I did that with rice, when they mentioned the rice shortage. Now I have a What’s for dinner this week: stuffed peppers with rice, rice puddin’, peppersteak with rice, fried rice, chicken’n’rice soup, beans’n’rice.... RICE, RICE, RICE!


90 posted on 06/01/2008 9:15:05 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!!)
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