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How To Get Spam Out of The Can: The Right And Wrong Way

Norah Clark
Cans of Spam on a supermarket shelf.

The best way to know how to get spam out of the can is to open both ends with a can opener, then push the Spam out from one end. If it doesn’t slide out easily, make a small incision on the can’s side to break the vacuum seal, then push again.

I’ve had my fair share of cooking and even eating spam out of the can!

While it may not be the most gourmet ingredient, it can be transformed into a delicious meal with some creativity and skill.

One of my favorite ways to use spam is to make a spam musubi, a popular Hawaiian snack made with rice, nori, and a slice of spam.

To make it, simply slice the spam into thin pieces and fry them up in a pan, then, layer the spam on top of sushi rice and wrap it with a piece of nori.

The answer may seem simple, but there are a few tips and tricks that will make this process more efficient and leave you with a tasty meal.

How To Get Spam Out of The Can

  1. Start by removing the paper label from the can so that it doesn’t contaminate your food.
  2. Open both sides of the can using either a can opener or a church key. This helps to prevent the spam from breaking apart as you remove it.
  3. Turn the can upside down and use your other hand to press down firmly. This will help the spam come out in one piece.

Cleaning and Storing

Rinse the spam under running warm water to remove any excess gel and salt.

This also helps to make the spam thinner and easier to work with.

Store leftover spam in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.

You can also freeze leftover spam for later use.

The Many Ways to Eat Spam

Fry it up in a pan until it’s crispy and golden brown.

Serve it on a sandwich with your favorite toppings like lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

Cut it into thin slices and add it to your breakfast plate with eggs and potatoes.

Use it as a topping for pizza or nachos.

Grill it on skewers with vegetables for a tasty BBQ treat.

My Tips and Tricks

If your spam breaks apart when you remove it from the can, try warming it up in a pot of warm water first.

This will help to loosen it up and make it easier to handle.

To cut spam into uniform slices, place it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

This will allow you to slice it more easily without it falling apart.

Spam can be made into any sort of simple yet satisfying meal that can be eaten on the go or packed for a picnic since it's kept cold easy.


Is Spam A Healthy Food Option?

Spam is high in fat, calories, and sodium, so it should be consumed in moderation. However, it can be a good source of protein and can be part of a balanced diet when eaten in moderation.

Can I Use Leftover Spam In Recipes?

Absolutely! Leftover spam can be used in a variety of recipes, from fried rice to breakfast sandwiches. Just remember to store it properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I Use Spam In Place Of Other Meats?

While spam can be a tasty addition to many dishes, it may not be the best replacement for other meats, as it has a distinct flavor and texture. However, it can be a good substitute in dishes that call for ham or other processed meats.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

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