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Offline Moe M.

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Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:26:35 AM »

  Since we're on the topic of Spam, it would be interesting, informing, and entertaining if some of us posted some of the ways we use these meats in our recipes both at home and in camp other than sliced and fried or roasted over the fire.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 11:33:00 AM »
I cut it into small chunks and put in the macaroni and cheese you get in a box.  (do the same with hot dogs too).

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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 11:58:35 AM »
  Not long ago I read a post (don't remember which forum) from a guy who was explaining how he made rice in the bush without the need to use any measuring device, it involved sticking his index finger into his pot and adding the dried rice up to the first joint, then filling the pot with water, shaking it up and then dumping out half the water in an effort to rinse the rice and.........., In my opinion it was allot of trouble and work just to avoid a little measuring, since rice involves only one part rice and two parts water it doesn't matter much what is used for a measure.
  What that got to do with Spam you ask, well I use rice often as a base for some of my campfire meals, and I often use Spam as both a protein and a flavor enhancer along with finely chopped onion, celery, bell pepper, and carrots, add a little chopped ginger and some Soy and you have oriental rice, when it's cooked toss in some diced spam and let it sit for a few minutes and enjoy.
  I might add that I quit using regular rice in camp, I found that the new (?) Minute Rice is easier, quicker, and tastes almost as good,  when using minute rice I put all my ingredients in including salt, pepper, oil, and a little chicken bullion in the cold water and then bring it to a boil for a few minutes to cook the veggies before adding the rice, equal parts of rice to water, put it in the boiling flavored water give it a stir, cover and take it off the heat, in ten minutes it's done.
  I prepare most of the ingredients at home,  substitute potatoes for the rice, add a can of creamed corn and some evaporated milk and you have creamy potato/corn chowder, use the diced Spam in both.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 12:36:48 PM »
Spam musubi.  The egg McMuffin of the Hawaiian Islands.  Fried Spam on a block of rice wrapped in nori.    That was my breakfast down there for months.
(If you remove the top and bottom of the Spam can, you have a mold for the rice.)
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 01:08:55 PM »
I believe I read somewhere that Hawaii uses more Spam than any other state in the union. :shrug:
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 01:50:05 PM »

  Yup, my sister in law lives on Kauii and 'P' goes out to visit her every once in a while for a month or so,  and she's told me often that they have very inventive ways of sneaking Spam into their daily menu planning.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 02:57:31 PM »
Hawaiians definitely love their Spam. Hawaii's Spam Bandits:

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/10/hawaii-spam-robberies.html


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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 03:41:03 PM »
Spam musubi,
one you'll need sticky rice not long grain
cook rice ahead of time let cool to shape
fry da spam, setaside shape rice place on nori
smear a little wasbi paste on rice
put a slice of daikon on each end of da musubi
for broke da mouth kine musubi.roll it up and pau it's done.








                                                       

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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2017, 04:12:45 PM »
Ate a lot of deviled ham when I was a kid.  Haven't had it for a long time, but I'd still take it over Spam any day.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2017, 05:23:06 PM »
I used to eat it a lot too Nuke.  It is good to throw a few in your pack, those wrapped in white paper, Underwood, I think, was my favorite.  Don't know why we stopped using them but haven't had any for quite some time. 

From a bushcraft standpoint it is a pretty good thing to add to rice, soup stock, or was a meal right out of the can.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2017, 09:16:17 PM »
My hands-down favorite for camping meals when it comes to canned meats is "beef hash".  Not corned beef hash, but regular beef. Both come with tiny cubes of potatoes in it, but the corned beef is too mushy and never fries up crisp, IMO.
My signature breakfast when hunting with my buddies was a bed of well done beef hash in the skillet, dimples pressed into the meat, and a egg poached in each "cup". 
I like the Deviled Ham made into a spread like you would tunafish, and eaten in sandwiches.
Now we're talking about tuna fish...in a can. Good for so many dishes, especially mac and cheese.
Can we put sardines on the list?  They come in a can, right?  A couple of cans of sardines in my pack are part of my emergency rations.  (As a side note, if you're really stuck in the bush, sardines made one of the best trap baits you can imagine.)
Back to potted meat. Canned corned beef, sliced for sandwiches is near the top of my list.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2017, 10:27:02 AM »
Spam Salad!  chopped Spam, relish, diced onions, some of my Guava hot sauce and some Duke's Mayo. 

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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2017, 10:48:36 AM »
That could work!
I've even used left-over Taco meat in sandwich spreads. Enough extra ingredients, and mayo, and just about any "mystery meat" will do.  ;D
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2017, 06:19:22 PM »

 When I need a quick breakfast (I always have a half a can of Spam in the fridge,  not the same one),  I make a couple of toasts,  butter them and add a slice of warmed Spam, wash it down with a cup of fresh made brewed coffee, works for me.
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Re: Spam, canned ham, and other potted meats
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2017, 02:35:29 PM »
I have used spam as a bacon substitute a time or two. You have to slice it very thin, around 1/16" thick slices, and cook it until it is well browned and crispy. It isn't quite as satisfying as bacon but it is way better than nothing.

I also do a bit thicker slices, like 3/16" and make spam and egg sandwiches with scrambled eggs and a slice of cheese. These are decent breakfast fare.

If I don't want to go to the trouble to make a real pot of red beans and rice, I'll open a can of Blue Runner red beans and I'll dice the spam into pieces about he size of, well, dice. And then brown them well in a skillet and toss them into the beans.

I've taken Vienna sausages and dumped them into a bowl, and with a fork, mashed them until they were like a paste. Mixed with mayo and a little seasoning, this makes a nice sandwich or saltine cracker spread.