Backpacking Fare: SPAM – the Master of Versatility
I consider SPAM to be one of the most versatile meats to bring backpacking. You can now purchase SPAM in a bag (!), which is perfect for backpacking in the Boundary Waters, where cans are not allowed. Besides, backpacking with cans of food is impractical.
In it’s simplest form, you can eat bagged SPAM raw. It can be used as a topping for crackers, or in a lunch wrap along with some hot rice, Chipotle-style. If you’re in a rush, eat it straight out of the bag.
Our favorite way to eat SPAM in the Boundary Waters is fried, for breakfast. The meat has fat in it, so you can choose whether or not to oil the pan. We usually add just a small drop for good measure. It’s excellent on its own, and even better with maple syrup.
Fried SPAM can also be added to pretty much any kind of rice meal in the BWCA, it’s hard to go wrong. It feels more natural in meals that would likely have ham in them, such as a wild rice mix, or something more grainy.
Shore Lunch makes excellent soup mixes that do well with a SPAM addition, particularly the Wild Rice and Broccoli and Cheddar versions. We have tried both with delectable results.
If you have any additional ideas for the use of bagged SPAM, please leave them in the comments section below. It’s a staple in our backpacks and I would love any new ideas!