#SixSentenceStories; More Junk

#SixSentenceStories, II; Junk Spam®

This is a second response to the current Six Sentence Stories prompt “junk”, provided by Denise at GirlieontheEdgeJoin in to read and write stories, poems, and more that in some way adhere to the rule of Six.

In a 1945 New Yorker interview, Jay Hormel admitted to keeping what we could now call the first spam folder, a “Scurrilous File” that housed not junk mail but hate mail from GI’s the world over that were sick and tired of eating Spam®.

Though it is widely believed that the name Spam® comes from sp-iced h-am or is an acronym for Shoulder of Pork And Ham, or even the more specious acronym, scientifically processed animal matter, the truth may simply be that at a New Year’s Eve party where there was a naming contest for the product, “it just came out” and “the name was perfect”. 

Despite those disgruntled GI’s, Spam® and other canned meats saved the bacon of the military in WWII by serving as a staple with a long shelf life that could withstand tropical temperatures. Spam® continues to be popular in many Pacific locales, with Korea second only to the U.S. in Spam® sales; Asian and Hawaiian cuisine incorporated and elevated this canned pork from junk lunch meat to fine dining ingredient.

Maybe you consider Spam® a food best left to the midden pile of history, but even so have a Cosco® case of it, stashed away in the early days of Covid. Speak up in the comments— should this iconic food be trashed or treasured? 

(See more at eater.com; A Brief History of Spam, an American Meat Icon, From culinary tradition to object of scorn and back again by Erin DeJesus  Jul 9, 2014, 9:15am EDT)

29 thoughts on “#SixSentenceStories; More Junk

  1. My dad always said he loved SPAM because of all that “Lovely fat!” WWII was a hungry time for people in Nazi-occupied countries, and he said he always got a tear of gratitude whenever he saw it, even though he never ate it in his post-war, U.S. life.
    Let it stay, for the nostalgia, at least.

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    • While many have pushed Spam to the side or as a side dish, others make much of it as a main dish or main ingredient. In the article I referenced they mention that chefs at high end restaurants have developed dishes featuring Spam, influenced by Hawaiian and Pacific Asian fusion Spam dishes.

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  2. After gaining popularity in America the product came to the UK. The first can of UK SPAM was manufactured in Liverpool (the city from which I hail). Spam fritters were a staple of school dinners. I was not a fan, although fried, sliced Spam for breakfast with lashings of brown sauce is just about acceptable. I was also interested to see the part it played in Hawaiian cooking – who’d have thought?
    I too, did a post on the more recent kind of spam (including the Pythons’ song). I referenced it again this week when my comments started slipping into people’s spam folders, although fortunately that seems to have stopped.

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    • It can be argued (and has) that Spam is not great food and certainly isn’t great for you, but it does have a great history as well as a hell of a shelf life. Go to youtube for preppers’ Spam recipes, including literally carving it to have the shape of a turkey.
      (Have I persuaded you to serve Spam as your holiday roast beast yet?)

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  3. The best of Sixes* this week.
    Love the idea that the name, now a binding force in history and reality, ‘Just came out’.
    Sadje’s line …”spam is food too. sparked an lol> Excellent.

    * one that informs (I admit, the name did not connect, so I looked it up and then, of course!) and entertains

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