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Anyone know? I didn’t. I thought it was always called Spam. Well, according to my daily recipezine:

Spam, a seasoned pork product, was originally called Spiced Ham. A contest back in the 1930s gave the public a chance to voice their suggestions for a new name for the stuff, and the winning entry was “Spam.” The creator of the winning name was awarded a grand total of $100 for coming up with the name. Though much derided, Spam was prized during WW II because it was not subject to rationing as other meats such as beef were. And now, the Hormel Company suffers the indignity of having their product’s name attached to unwanted email.

Now if Spam is truly pork, then why did they call it Spiced Ham in the first place? Sounds like a case of false advertising to me.

Curiosity gets the best of me sometimes.

Chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added.
Salt (for binding, flavour, and firmness)
Water (to help in mixing)
Sugar (for flavour)
Sodium Nitrite (for colour and as a preservative)

Yum Yum.

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