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Jul 12, 2007 12:10 AM

Uncooked Spam?

Did/Does anyone else ever eat uncooked Spam in sandwiches? I just read something that reminded me that my great-grandma used to feed us uncooked Spam and mayo sandwiches. I think I have a craving...

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  1. What comes out of a can of Spam is cooked, despite its relatively unappetizing appearance.

    Yes, I have eaten it in the deep, dark past, and I do recall that it tasted fairly good. I do not plan to eat any more of it however, in the interests of health. You might want to take a look at the saturated fat content listed on the can, as it is incredibly high in sat fat, as well as sodium.

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    1. re: Ted in Central NJ

      Needless to say this isn't something I would be consuming on a daily basis. I well aware of the nutritional aspects of Spam.

    2. Most canned meats have been cooked or gone through some type of process which makes it edible straight from the can.
      I used to eat "raw" spam with onion and Miracle Whip, but now on the few occasions when I indulge in the past with spam, I prefer the crispiness of fried.


      1. My Boy Scout leaders were mostly veterans of the Army and they always brought along Spam. If a campout was too cold/wet to cook, unheated Spam was a staple of breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was pretty sure that is why unwanted e- mail had the same affectionate name :^)

        1. My mom used to put the spam, sweet pickles and onions through the grinder ( it attached to the kitchen table) grind together, add some mayo and serve on scali bread. I used to love it!

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          1. re: macca

            Spam salad! My kid brother still makes bologna salad, even though he's 61 now and oughta know better. Spam salad actually sounds a good bit better...

            I've sliced Spam for sandwiches; it comes of as a sort of cross between meat loaf and that Spiced Luncheon Loaf my mom used to get as an alternative to bologna or salami. I do prefer it hot...

            1. re: Will Owen

              Too funny- One of my brothers- early 50's- loves both bologna salad and fried bologna. And, when I was a kid, I thought I was eating ham salad- probably ate it until my teens before I found out!

              1. re: macca

                Hey, fried bologna is good stuff. It's even a breakfast meat choice at one of our favorite cafes in Nashville - big thick slices off one of those 4"-diameter chub packs, fried nice and crisp on the edges.

                Back to Spam: a secret of my shady past is that I once entered the annual Spam-dish competition at the Tennessee State Fair. No, I didn't win...

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    But what was your entree, Will? And is it something you still make?

                    I used to like thinly-sliced SPAM, pan fried until almost burnt, on honey-wheat bread with mayo and tomato. Don't think I've ever tried it straight from the can, though.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      C'mon- out with the recipe!! My dad used to make fried bologna sandwiches. Have never seen them around here ( Boston area)- but I have relatives in the Akron Ohio area ( am making a road trip out there in a week for a visit!), and there is a place near them that has the sandwhiches. I thnk they use more than ½ pound of bologna on each sandwich. I had to order one once, and counld not believe it. Drank gallons of water that day!

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Didn't anyone ever make fried bologna cups and fill them w/scrambled eggs & grated cheese? My kids' favorite breakfast.

                1. I read somewhere that the canning process actually "cooks" the meat ...