Help ! How Do I Open A Tin Of Spam ?


Spam. I actually like it ! I am not talking about internet spam that is the scourge of all our lives but I am talking about the meat. It comes in a tin and it is a great credit crunch meal. It tastes great fried or grilled until it is nice and brown and crispy. Tomato sauce is a good addition as well.

I only have one problem with Spam and that is every time I try to open a tin of it I can’t ! You see the problem is, despite the very clear instructions, that I always end up pulling off the metal tag on the top of the tin which means then that it is virtually impossible to open.

I have just wrestled with a tin of Spam for 20 minutes to try and get it open. The metal tag with which you are supposed to open the tin with snapped off and I had to eventually get a big knife to it to saw the tin open. I was lucky that I didn’t slice my hand off. A normal tin opener wouldn’t work on the tin so I had to resort to brute force to get it open.

Eventually I managed to get the top off the tin but getting the actual meat out was another problem. I had to prise it out with a knife. Maybe it’s just a man thing in that we like things to be simple but products with too much packaging is a pet hate of mine. Many times I have had to get a sharp knife to thick plastic which completley encases something. Everytime I do it I risk losing a lot of blood !

If anybody else has problems opening a tin of spam I would love to know and if anybody knows of a good way of opening the tin I can’t wait to hear from you.

5 thoughts on “Help ! How Do I Open A Tin Of Spam ?”

  1. My success rate in opening tins of SPAM is about 50%. I have no idea why this is, but half the time they open perfectly, as per instructions, and half the time the ring pull just breaks off. I have an old Brabantia can opener, which works just fine on these tins when the ring pull fails.
    I never tried fried SPAM, so Im cooking some now along with the other ingredients of a good british fried breakfast, had to use the can opener this time!

  2. Open both ends, one by ring pull if possible, other by tin opener and push product out. If you only partially open the ring pull end you can still push the Spam out by poking an impliment through a small hole if the other end is open.

  3. Cathy. Thanks for the advice. I had to use a can opener recently because the ring pull wouldn’t work and I nearly ripped my finger off in the process! I then forced the spam out with a knife. It was a bit of a performance.

  4. I just fancied some spam today so bought a tin, then wrestled for half hour trying to open it. My husband laughed at me, took the tin and then he attempted for another 15 minutes to open it. We resorted to opening a small hole and prizing a bit of the meat out of the top. The rest I have thrown away. Nice to see that we are not the only ones.

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