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Old 04-11-2020, 01:47 PM
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SPAM purchase mistake!

Years ago I made a separate stockpile of non-perishables. Bought a buncha stuff including a multi-pack of cans of SPAM, at the Big Box Store.

Because hey, the stuff lasts forever, or damn close, right??

Um................... No. Not if you choose poorly! I just dragged out that particular box of chow and discovered my mistake.

Turns out the type I got was "Low Sodium" ------- The typical SPAM saltiness obviously being a huge part of the amazing shelf life of the product.

All the cans are bulged nearly to the point of explosion. Meanwhile, my soup, chili, and other canned products are fine. As is the Armour Brand Treet.

Did I get a bad batch, or is the Low Sodium stuff trash? Who knows?

Wish I had a home shooting range to skeet these cans!
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Old 04-11-2020, 01:59 PM
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Old 04-11-2020, 02:10 PM
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What's the printed expiration date on those?
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Old 04-11-2020, 02:59 PM
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The first batch of SPAM was created in 1937.

Due to the recent panic buying, the second batch of SPAM will be released soon.
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Old 04-11-2020, 03:14 PM
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The first batch of SPAM was created in 1937.

Due to the recent panic buying, the second batch of SPAM will be released soon.
That is too funny
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:51 PM
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2015 Best-By date. Similar to all the good, other canned food (Treet, pork & beans, chili, Campbell soup) that I have been eating from the same storage bin. Even the bagged pasta was okay. I only got around to the SPAM after eating the other stuff. Because I don't like it much.

It still should have been good.

I also ate, last year, some canned C Ration crackers that were Vietnam vintage. They were only a little tin can-flavored. Not bad.
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Old 04-11-2020, 06:45 PM
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Don't know if it was a bad batch but it sure is bad now. 5 years past best by is a long time.
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Old 04-11-2020, 07:15 PM
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"Best by" dates on canned goods is a combination of lawyer proofing a business and selling more goods. The vast majority of commercial canned goods will last for decades beyond a "best by" date...

I can't say what went wrong with your Spam... maybe poor processing, may the low sodium variety, maybe something to do with storage conditions....
The Spam I have in the back of the pantry was supposed to be used in 2012. No bulges, no swelling, still stable cans....

The takeaway from this- inspect your inventory occasionally, toss whatever has failed, and replace it
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Old 04-11-2020, 07:46 PM
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On a related note, be sure to visit the SPAM museum at some point. It's a blast.

The teriyaki variety available at the store makes a great stir-fry.
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Old 04-11-2020, 07:59 PM
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Wow. I figured the Treat wouldn't shelf as well. I prefer the taste over SPAM, but don't like the first thing on the ingredients. Mechanically separated chicken parts. I'd be curious to know if anyone has really looked into the longevity of the low sodium variety. But, that may be it. It would be a really good thing to know what happened to those cans of SPAM though; if it was the low sodium that was the culprit.
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Old 04-11-2020, 07:59 PM
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Did a quick google search and found a site with A LOT of the same complaint. 99%was with the low sodium variety. The posts were from 2014-2015.

One poster said they were told it was a packaging issue and there were many who received refunds or coupons.

Another speculation was that it was due to the lower sodium content.

I am not an expert in packaging or long term storage so take all this with a grain of low sodium
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:38 PM
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Bummer, I guess it pays to get the regular SPAM then.
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Old 04-11-2020, 08:53 PM
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Did a quick google search and found a site with A LOT of the same complaint. 99%was with the low sodium variety. The posts were from 2014-2015.

One poster said they were told it was a packaging issue and there were many who received refunds or coupons.

Another speculation was that it was due to the lower sodium content.

I am not an expert in packaging or long term storage so take all this with a grain of low sodium
This sounds like a production issue in a given time window.... if post 2015 low sodium has been problem free, then the issue seems to have been resolved....
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:22 PM
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Yes, I found the same info an hour ago. Probs with the low sodium. It also was in the Six Pack format. Btw, storage was cool & dark in plastic storage bins.

Countryboy is correct. The dates on canned goods are dual-purpose. One is legal/ Govt requirements, the other is literally Best By, meaning the most flavorful with the best texture. Canned goods can, generally, be edible long past those dates.

The other canned goods were actually totally fine. They didn't suffer from storage at all.
Although I admit that I have the palate sensitivity of a wood chipper.
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Old 04-12-2020, 04:39 AM
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The regular spam has no expiration date if it’s kept in a cool dry place. I have cases packed away. I have mre’s too.
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Old 04-12-2020, 10:58 AM
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The regular spam has no expiration date if its kept in a cool dry place. I have cases packed away. I have mres too.
I was gonna say......

Who ever heard of SPAM having an expiration date???
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:01 AM
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Put some ketchup on it, it’ll be fine😂
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:14 AM
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Old 04-12-2020, 02:47 PM
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The first batch of SPAM was created in 1937.

Due to the recent panic buying, the second batch of SPAM will be released soon.





I don't know if the Low Sodium makes for a shorter shelf life.

All the stuff we have stays good well past the "Date".

But... it's all stowed in the basement pantry so the temp/humidity/etc. is all pretty stable too.
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Old 04-12-2020, 10:40 PM
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Years ago I made a separate stockpile of non-perishables. Bought a buncha stuff including a multi-pack of cans of SPAM, at the Big Box Store.

Because hey, the stuff lasts forever, or damn close, right??

Um................... No. Not if you choose poorly! I just dragged out that particular box of chow and discovered my mistake.

Turns out the type I got was "Low Sodium" ------- The typical SPAM saltiness obviously being a huge part of the amazing shelf life of the product.

All the cans are bulged nearly to the point of explosion. Meanwhile, my soup, chili, and other canned products are fine. As is the Armour Brand Treet.

Did I get a bad batch, or is the Low Sodium stuff trash? Who knows?

Wish I had a home shooting range to skeet these cans!
You have committed a fundamental mistake Sir... not eating enough Spam. Seriously though, I imagine higher sodium levels would benefit longevity. I buy the lower sodium/lower fat single serve packets. I’ve never had one go bad.
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Old 04-12-2020, 11:12 PM
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My mother-in-law asked my wife if these 'out of date' oysters would be ok?

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Old 04-12-2020, 11:22 PM
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I got a bad oyster on the half shell once.

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My mother-in-law asked my wife if these 'out of date' oysters would be ok?

I thought that I was going to die. I think that I actually had cholera, it was pretty ugly.
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Old 04-14-2020, 01:43 AM
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Well everyone, guess where I was born and grew up? Guess where George Hormel and Spam are from?
If you guessed Austin Minnesota then you are correct!

If I were you I would contact thee Spam Museum in Austin Minnesota and explain. Your dilemma and see what they can tell you and see what they are able to do for you.

Spam is a good product and Hormel is a good company. If this had happened sooner I could have hooked you up with the top people in management but they have long since retired or passed.
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Old 04-14-2020, 02:21 AM
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:54 AM
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2015 ... I also ate, last year, some canned C Ration crackers that were Vietnam vintage. They were only a little tin can-flavored. Not bad.
Those weren't good 50 years ago when I was in Vietnam!
However there weren't many options.
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