Skip to comments.Hormel: Another All-Time High for the Spam Seller
Posted on 02/22/2013 10:31:50 AM PST by Kartographer
If we keep talking about it, one day we might actually jinx Hormel's (HRL) stock -- but we're not there yet.
Shares of the Austin, Minn., food company were up 1.6% Thursday to $36.74, a level that, if it holds, would be an all-time closing high. This came after the maker of Spam, bacon and canned chili raised its full-year profit forecast following a first quarter in which it met estimates of 48 cents a share. Sales of $2.12 billion were slightly under the $2.14 billion consensus.
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Five days into a semi-starvation themed military survival course, we were given Spam, one can to every four men. Best meal of my life.
I heard somewhere that Spam is the acronym for Synthetic Processed Artificial Meat.
The shelf life of Spam, as indicated by the Hormel website, is "indefinate". It also states that spam will be safe to eat a lot longer than the Enjoy By date, although the flavor will decrease over time.
Any sealed(canned) container will remain safe to eat until a few things happen.
1) A break in the seal, through punctures or through corrosion of the metal.
2) Any kind of swelling of the container, or a outrush of gas upon opening.
The first is self-explanitory. The second is from bacteria build up in the container when it was sealed. Sometimes in the commercial canning industry cans get through that have not been sterilized properly. I'm not sure the exact number of these "tainted" cans that get through, but they are miniscule in comparison to the safe cans that make it through.
Also, remember that heat will do damage to canned foods. Keeping that can of spam in the pantry will allow it to keep much longer than it would in say the trunk of your car. It will still be safe to eat, and provide you with needed protein and sodium in an emergency, but it won't taste quite as good.
Hope this helps.
I just bought 50 15-ounce cans of Hormel chili at $0.60 a can with the coupon plus the store special. It’s not gourmet food, but if we get hungry, that’s a lot of adequate meals.
I've read that during the second half of WW2, the Soviet army would have starved if we hadn't shipped them thousand of tons of Spam.
High fat and protein content, stores indefinitely and can be prepared/cooked in a multitude of ways. What’s not to like?
Popular product in Hawaii also...
They make some great food.
Mu-su-bi: Essentially nigiri style. sticky rice pressed into the bottom of a spam can, a nice thick slice of grilled spam, maybe some scrambled egg, and wrapped with a narrow strip of nori. Wrap it up in plastic wrap. Stick a couple in a day pack and they are Hawaiian energy bars.
Opened a can last weekend and nearly barfed. The dogs wouldn't touch it either.
FYI, the 32 oz jars of mayo have shrunk to 30 oz.
Officially, it means “pork shoulder and ham”
Have eaten the stuff on a number of ocassions...While it’s edible, it’s probably at the bottom of my list of desirable meats...
A person can actually live on about $1.50 a day, food-wise.
You won’t get fat, and you won’t be eating any filet mignon, but you won’t starve!
Add a can of spray cheese and box of crackers and you’re on a show with Robin Leach.
MY wife won't touch it. Or even buy it. Last year she helped me get ready for a camping trip by shopping. I thought, "HA, here's my chance..."
She bought me turkey Spam.
If we have a SHTF scenario the first thing you want to do is shoot those dogs. Too high maintenance. If she can't make Spam into a tasty meal shoot the wife also.
Spam musubi is hugely popular with high school kids around here. I was thinking of learning how to make it.
When I was a kid, one of our favorite meals was fried Spam with pineapple sauce on top. Haven’t had that in years and not the least bit interested.
Agreed. I would prefer not to, but a 20 pound sack of rice will provide 5 days of cheap calories for a family of four. Throw in some Spam, sauces, and canned veggies, and you've got an adequate emergency food supply for ten days. Repeat as necessary, substituting pasta, flour, corn meal, potato flakes, or other cheap starches for the rice, but still including a variety of supplemental foods. Add some seeds and a garden, and a way of harvesting small game for fresh meat, and it's sustainable.
Hormel also makes Stagg brand chili.
I love SPAM! Fry it and serve on white bread with Dukes Mayonnaise. Awesome!
I have alot of egg noodles in storage, along with those dried gravy packs.
Cook the noodles and gravy, toss in whatever veggies/cheese/meats you have, spice it up a bit, you can eat pretty well!
I never was a very big rice fan, but I have some of that too.
i love spam too. i mix up yellow mustard and brown sugar and put it on while frying. messy cleanup but good with eggs or on sandwiches, cooked or cold after being cooked. probably ok cold. i suspect the ham slices meal in C-rations was round spam.
If only there was some place http://www.spam.com on the internet that you could verify that rumor. Man that’s a tough one.
The soy and mirin is a nice touch. I learned using an old style spam can that could be open at both ends. the new cans only have a bead on the end you open. the musubi makers can be found online if that is preferred.
Prick two small holes in the bottom of the new style spam can, use some of the fat from the fried spam inside the can like one would a muffin tin. press the 3/4 inch of sticky rice into the bottom of the greased can, press in the slice of spam. Turn the can over and rap it squarely on the counter and a single musubi should pop out.
Think there will be musubi in the petro45acp house this weekend.
I have a “30 day supply” of MREs (90 total), and we’ll go through one MRE a day for the family along with other foods. I consider variety important. I can go over a year on stored food without ever having the same starch or meat more than twice in a week. And I’m with you on noodles and dried gravy packs - compact and enjoyable.
I picked up a taste for spam when I was in HI with USN. It is like a delicacy there where many survived on it during WW2. I like it grilled almost black. It goes well with reconstituted powdered eggs. I pick up a case or two whenever Costco has them on sale.
Growing up we had very basic food, for the 4 of us kids. Not once did my Mom ever get spam.
I have been trying to find Bacon-flavored Spam, but none of the local stores seem to have it...
The article didn’t say what products were doing well. Or why. Just the company overall.
I wonder if it is spam or their chili or whatever else it is they make?
If the spam - then is it due to people prepping or due to the bad economy and inflation of meat prices in the grocery store?
I would imagine the latter since us the number of us preppers is not huge (that I know of).
I don't eat it as a rule because I'm saving those cans. Sliced Spam, browned in a skillet is simply good as a sandwich with mustard. Also fried with an egg is good. I wonder if people are opening the can and eating it just like that without browning it to produce that good flavor? I would not eat it straight out of the can unless I had no way of browning it and that isn't going to happen because I've got several different fuels to provide cooking - enough for years of browning Spam.
I still need to get Dak ham and can't pass the Hormel products in the grocery store without getting something. All that meat just sitting on the shelf.
Most find consuming SPAM straight-from-the-can unappealing due to its intense flavor. SPAM’s easiest entry into one’s diet is as a pork sausage, bacon, or ham luncheon meat substitute. Keys to this use are quantity, thickness of slice, and skillet browning. This will mellow and use its flavor to good advantage.
One use I particularly enjoy is a small amount of diced skillet-browned SPAM added to eggs as they are being scrambled in the same skillet. Seasoned to taste and topped with a little cheese, this results in a very tasty and hearty breakfast produced with little effort. And doing so satisfies my appetite for either bacon or sausage, eliminating their use for that meal.
My introduction to SPAM was long ago. Though I didn’t care for it then, I revisited it as part of my ongoing search for tasty, nutritious, economical, long shelf-life, pantry food-stock which I could easily obtain and readily work into my consumption rotation. SPAM and other brand equivalents met and exceeded my requirements. Not only was this unexpected, I was pleasantly surprised that less of it was required than the fresh foods it replaced.
Indeed, I have been exploring other canned foods of my youth with similar results. Most of these foods saw wide use in WWII. Served unmodified from the can, they are blandly pleasant and soon boring. Modified with seasonings and additional ingredients they become tasty meals. Most have less expensive store brand equivalents indistinguishable from the original. And these too are quite useful pantry food-stocks.
So, as you can see, I endorse SPAM along with its WWII canned contemporaries as essential to the well-stocked food pantry necessary for comfortable rural life. Given SPAM’s and these others’ long shelf-lives, they should not only be integrated with a normal diet, they should also be part of anyone’s emergency and survival supplies considerations.
Given Hormel’s rising fortunes, this is likely already happenning world-wide.
“I love SPAM! Fry it and serve on white bread with Dukes Mayonnaise. Awesome!”
You have to be crazy - Spam calls for mustard - if you listen you can hear the Spam saying, “Use me with mustard.”
Dice one can of SPAM or a DAK Ham
Two #2 or #2-1/2 cans of cut yams (I drain mine)
One 16 oz. can of one othe the in following (packed in juice preferably)fruit cocktail, pinapple, peches (I don’t drain)
Add a bit of brown sugar and a cinnamon to taste
bake, mircowave or I’ve cooked it in on the stove or over a fire in a pan while camping.
Just recently tried some Hormel tamales. Those were actually fit to eat!
There are 6 in a can, and one serving is 2 tamales.One serving is 140 calories. Hotted up some beans and flavored them with chili powder, cumin, garlic, oregano, and had some veggies on the side with one tortilla, and it was a good meal.
Here is a wonderful tasting dish I use with cut up bites of ham and the Spam would substitute:
Hawaiian Ham Supper
One box of Uncle Bens white and wild rice with seasoning packet (or use regular white rice or instant rice if that's what you have in emergency situation.)
Two cups or more of bite size ham (Spam) pieces.
One can pineapple chunks
Brown the ham (Spam) pieces with 2 tbsp. butter or other fat in an emergency.
Add the box of Uncle Ben's with seasoning packet or enough white regular rice or instant rice to equal a box which is about a cup of regular rice and two cups instant rice. If you use regular or instant, put in some seasoning like an Italian or French blend - not a hot pepper blend as this is a tasty sweetish dish.
Drain the liquid from the pineapple chunks and set chunks aside. Add enough water to the liquid to make 2 1/2 cups liquid (if using instant rice, just use 2 cups liquid).
Boil it until all liquid is gone. Add pineapple chunks and stir to make chunks warm/hot. EAT.
This is such a tasty meal with the Uncle Bens regular recipe wild rice box, I make it for people who visit and they eat it up. It makes a large skillet full although it doesn't look that way before it boils and takes up the pineapple juice/water.
I made it for my son when he was here this past Christmas (boy, did we have left over ham to use), and he just kept eating - I thought he was going to explode. It's so simple to do and yet so wonderful when it's ready. It looks like you have spent the day in the kitchen.
Your “SPAM or a DAK Ham” recipe sounds really good. I’m going to try it!
No it’s the taste, and the price. It’s a really expensive meat given it’s size and lack of flavor. My mom had a lot of recipes that revolved around spam, I use most of them now, only I replaced the spam with kielbasa, now they taste good, and they’re cheaper.
Wow. Looks like it would either be REALLY good or REALLY bad.
Have you tried any?
Can’t find it locally, that’s what I was saying...
Can order from Amazon or other places, but I ain’t paying an arm and a leg for shipping.
I think it would be quite good. At least it would be more bacony than regular Spam, which is edible, but not great.