Monday, July 29, 2019

Spam -- the Eating Kind.

Tom's Journal.

   I feel that I am just doing my duty by disseminating all this Prepper Info/ Intel with you.   As you may guess this web site/ Blog draws a certain kind of people, Patriots Veterans and Christians, ETC., are drawn to this kind of Journal.  And that makes sense,  because I sure don't want to bug people who are not interested in what I have to share, and they are happy in their goofy mindset and way of life --- away from the Bible and Believers.  However, the book of Ezekiel says that men will be throwing their money in the street at the far end of this evil, Satan led world as we know it. 

My hard driving working days on the Chrysler assembly line, etc., and Welding shops are over now.  It's something MOST auto workers and others worked for and dreamed about.  But I would bet that half of our number in disabled now from work injuries, etc.  People say that I had a rough, hard, life, as I commonly outworked 3-4 men, etc., LOL.
     And many "doctors" LIED to me, saying that my fractures from too many auto and motorcycle accidents would heal and not cause further pain,  but that is not the case.   Sorry to complain and cray so much, except I want to admonish you all, young men and women to 'just be careful' where you step, drive, ride, and please EDUCATE  yourselves.  And there are many ways to educate yourself!  The InterNet, books, old cranky guys like me, and so on.  The Army was a great teacher, but there is a lot of stress in combat in a different land/ country.   A great, positive therapy that I get into is talking/ emailing my fellow Vietnam Veterans and other Vets!  Get hooked up before we leave the earth !  Smile.  Write a book or Journal and share your thoughts.  I got started on writing a book with 2--talented 'proof readers.'  I picked one lady and got 150 pages, before I got "Writers' Block" right after Chrysler called me back after 6- years on the street, welding for slave wages, plus it also cost me a marriage.  My first wife, Karen, died of Leukemia, and so I will not say anything negative about her.  I just hope that she found the Lord.   As for me,  I am still trying to figure out modern WOMEN. 

I hope you all enjoy this subject matter as much as I did.

Warm Regards, and Army Hugs,

How to Make Spam
Are you a fan of Spam?  No, not the junk email kind…the meaty canned mix that’s been around since WW2, when it was a much loved (or loathed) troop staple.  It’s ubiquity and reputation was such that American GIs even labeled Spam “ham that failed the physical.”
A portmanteau of ‘Spice’ and ‘Ham,’ Spam is a cultural culinary icon. Originally marketed to busy housewives as ‘the miracle meat’ that didn’t need to be refrigerated, Spam’s big selling points included the possibility of enjoying it hot or cold, straight from the can, in countless Spam-centric recipes.

Soldiers On Spam

During the war effort, millions of cans of Spam were shipped to troops as a low-cost, filling, nutritious staple that was easy to transport and store for months on end.  Inevitably, it quickly became the scourge of soldiers who had to eat it virtually every day in some form or another.
It even inspired some of them to think up increasingly creative ways to express their frustration at being served Spam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  One anonymous poem ends with the lines:
And thus the endless cycle goes;
It never seems to cease —
There’s Spam in cake and Spam in pie
And Spam in rancid grease.
The reference to Spam in ‘rancid grease’ is particularly appropriate; one of Spam’s extracurricular wartime uses was as a lubricant for the moving parts of guns.  Pioneering soldiers used the greasy meat residue to waterproof boots and tents, before enjoying a game of poker played with Spam slices inked with card markings.
The empty tins weren’t wasted either – they were often pressed into service as pots and kitchen utensils.
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A Festival of Spam?

Feelings about Spam during the war years might have been mixed, but today, Spam is still so loved in Hawaii, following the military presence there during WW2, that the locals have an entire festival dedicated to it.
Despite its rich history, if you think Spam doesn’t exactly set your culinary world alight, then we might just have a revelation for you. Try the homemade version.
Homemade Spam is tender and delicious and can form the basis of countless sandwiches and meals.  The ingredients are few, the method is easy with no specialist equipment required and the results are seriously mouthwatering.
Serve up some nostalgia with a few slices fried up with eggs or in a grilled cheese Spamwich or go a little fancy and stir fry chopped Spam with Chinese rice or noodles.
Here’s how to get some homemade Spam into your life:


  • 5 lbs pork shoulder;
  • 1 lbs ham;
  • 2 tbs + 1 tsp Tender Quick (order online if your local store doesn’t stock it);
  • 3 tbs – sugar;
  • 3 tbs – cornstarch or potato starch;
  • 1 tbs – Kosher salt;
  • 1 cup – ice-cold water;


#1. Preheat your oven to 250º
#2. If you have a bone-in piece of pork shoulder, remove the bone with a sharp knife and set aside. Dice the pork shoulder meat into stew-size pieces, keeping any fat attached to the meat.How to Make Spam#3. Again, without trimming off any soft fat, dice the ham into the same size pieces as the pork shoulder.
#4. Spread the cubed meats in an even layer on a tray and place in the freezer for 45 minutes to firm up.How to Make Spam#5. Meanwhile, make your curing slurry. Mix the Tender Quick, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a bowl with the ice-cold water until the dry ingredients are dissolved.How to Make Spam#6. Set the bowl to one side while you grind the meats, either pushing them through a grinder or using a heavy-duty food processor (you might have to work in batches with this option).How to Make Spam#7. Combine the ground meats in a large bowl and pour over the slurry, mixing everything together really well, preferably with your hands.How to Make Spam#8. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, press the mixture into a bread pan(s) and securely double-wrap the pan with aluminum foil.How to Make Spam#9. Place the smaller oven pan into a larger one and pour in cold water to come three-quarters of the way up the side before putting into the preheated oven for 3- 3/12 hours.How to Make Spam#10. After the cooking time is done, remove from the oven and check that the center of the loaf has reached an internal temperature of 155º.
#11. Take the pan out of the water bath and place a heavyweight on top of the foil and leave until completely cool.How to Make Spam#12. Once cooled, place into the refrigerator – with the weight in place – overnight.
#13. The next morning, remove the weight and foil and loosen around the edges of your Spam with a butter knife. Slide-out onto a plate and slice!How to Make SpamWhat you’ll notice immediately is the rich, delicious savory jelly that surrounds the meat.  If you can resist eating your homemade Spam right away, store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze in parchment paper-wrapped slices.
The juicy, tender, meaty texture and that appetizing jelly is a killer combination that guarantees the first time you make homemade Spam is never the last.
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