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  •  Spam is beloved in the Pacific Islands and SE Asia (8+ / 0-)

    it was the first preserved meat that could be stored and used safely in the tropics! It is still a staple in Hawaiian local cuisine. I think.

    What annoys me is that corned beef and dried-chipped-beef are now NOTHING like I remember them from my childhood. And DAMN did I love eating dried-chipped-beef leaves straight out of the little jar! The new stuff is squishy with moisture!

    Like prunes are squishy these days! I like RESISTANCE when I eat certain things, and I grew up with prunes that were CHEWY, TOUGH, that you had to work at! Can't even find dry prunes in the organic bins anymore!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 12:34:28 AM PST

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    •  heh... (6+ / 0-)

      I don't know where you live, but where I am, you can still get dried chipped beef that's NOT in a jar. Dad loved the way I made shit on a shingle b/c I made my own gravy with the dried chipped beef (that didn't come from a jar, but from a meat and cheese purveyor at the farmers market. It's kind of a local specialty here).

      Likewise, we can get real ham, don't need to import it.

      I can understand why islanders would like something that stores well. What I don't get is: I have heard that there are feral pigs on the islands, destroying local habitats.

      Why not kill and eat them? (And open your own Wild Spam companies?) I bet it would taste better than the original Spam.

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      by Youffraita on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 12:46:49 AM PST

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      •  umm, hunting feral pig, like hunting wild pig, is (2+ / 0-)
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        probably one of THE most dangerous things even TM Mighty-Hunter-Men HAVE ever done, or WILL ever do.

        Also, hunting anything in the Hawaiian tropical jungle is not easy.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 07:19:44 PM PST

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    •  Good morning chimene. (3+ / 0-)
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      You're correct, they love Spam in Hawaii.   Not sure why.

      Have a good day.

      I am a work in progress. Still.

      by broths on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 05:23:43 AM PST

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      •  I commented on this in the diary about spam( (5+ / 0-)

        (the other intertoobz kind), and i suggested Spam sushi:

         Spam should be recycled into SUSHI!

        Classics From Hawaii, Japan Collide In Hawaii

        I have had it, and it's a real thing in Hawai'i.

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        by tom 47 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 06:49:53 AM PST

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