What is that jelly in SPAM?

You know that gel/jelly in SPAM? What is that stuff? One of my co-workers said that the same stuff is in MRE’s. Another co-worker (a big fan of SPAM) says that he loves the jelly. In fact he uses it as a grease when he fries up his SPAM. This can’t be healthy!

It is the gelatinized broth from the cooking/canning process. It is primarily water, and fat, with a bit of gelatin, either naturally included from the pig parts used to make spam, or added in during the process. It is neither more, nor less wholesome than Spam itself.


Cabbage: A common kitchen vegetable, as large, and as wise a man’s head. A. Bierce

It is gelatin and it’s there to help keep moisture in the meat product and not in a pool on the bottom of the can. Basically it helps the product stay moist and delicious for years…well moist anyway

I cant comment on the taste but I do remember the “ham” version of the MRE was not gelatin coated, and was in a packet of briney water never had spam, never did manage to take a bite of the MRE ham, did spill the water tho…

It’s called ‘aspic’.

same as in pork pies etc.

My source: Spam: a Biography by Carolyn Wyman. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999. Page 35, from a sidebar entitled “The Lowdown on the Slippery Stuff”:

You instinctivly knew it was true as a child when you ate your boogers. There just ain’t nothin’ better for you than snot.