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I've seen a lot of threads talking about spam, or various other canned meats, and they can be found all over the forum.

I thought with this thread we could make a central place to post reviews of the various canned meats and be able to find them easier (since I'll make this a sticky).

So.... to start it off here's my review of Werling and Sons Canned Beef

I have recently purchased some Werling and Sons canned meats and decided to try out the canned beef. I must say I am impressed with it.

It is a 14.5oz can (soup size) and on the nutritional info it says it has about 7 servings in the can.... that comes out to roughly 2 ounces per serving which aint a lot of meat. That 2oz contains 80 calories, 3.5 grams of fat (1.5 saturated) 30mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 0 carbs and 11 grams of protein.

Werling and Sons cook the meat in the can in it's natural juice and seal it right then. The ingredients on the can are beef, water, and salt... that's it. The smell of the beef after opening the can was nice. It was a basic roast beef smell, not a lot of heavily seasoned stuff, just beef. Visually it looked like beef should although it's always kinda strange pouring a beef log out of a can, after breaking it up a little in the pot it looked tasty.

I decided to add the meat to a can of 'Simple Suppers Beef Stew Fixins'



And this is what it looked like after opening the cans...



I did take a quick taste of the beef by itself and it was good. I was expecting a flavorless chewy hunk of meat but it was actually tender and had a good flavor.

Here's a shot of the beef, broken up in the pan. The white stuff is the fat from the process of cooking the beef in the can.




And here's a pic with the stew fixings added in...



I would've preferred the stew fixings to have more carrots and other veggies, less potato, but overall it was fine for what I wanted to do. It was very tasty as well and beat the hell out of a can of Dinty Moore...

This final picture is of the bowl I ate so you can see the final product and serving size I had. There was enough left in the pot to feed my daughter the same size bowl and we are both feeling full right now.



Based on rough estimates and the size bowl I ate I would say it was around 400 calories all together. The taste was very good. I didn't add any seasonings to it, not even salt and pepper. It took less than ten minutes to heat.

Bottom line: I plan on adding more of Werling and Sons canned meats to my food preps. Right now I have 7 more cans on hand that I order to test out before buying large amounts. They are family owned and operated in the USA since 1886 and you can find their website here... http://www.werlingandsons.com/

A four pack of the canned meats like I bought is $18 and I think it will be a good addition to my preps.


Now y'all feel free to add reiviews to this thread.... it's nice to know what will actually taste good or bad before SHTF....
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Interesting...Have you talked to them about shelf life,I checked the website but didn't see that info..call for details...so did you?..

Might be worth it if it has a long shelf life,good alternet to those who do not can..
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Interesting...Have you talked to them about shelf life,I checked the website but didn't see that info..call for details...so did you?..

Might be worth it if it has a long shelf life,good alternet to those who do not can..
I did call them actually.... if stored in a dry safe place (like a pantry where them temp doesn't go down to low to cause condensation) and the cans are kept rust free they are good for 5 years at least. The lady I talked too said they have known people who stored them longer than that and had no problems. The info is not on the cans because they can't control how you will store it.
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Its a Win-Win no matter how you look at it then..5+ yrs is a good thing..
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That's good to know jfountain. I'd given up on canned anything with chunks of beef in it, years ago. No matter how juicy the picture on the can makes it look, it's always dry and chewy.

I'll buy a couple cans and give it a try.

I also like that it's made in the U.S. by a small company.
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Not that it makes to much of a difference but I could not see any of the pictures...

Great review none the less and I will have to try some. Especially with the shelf life.

I will add in that spam is an aquired taste. It definitely has it's place. Their are numerous recipes online to make dishes with it. I am sure some will disagree and argue about the sodium content and all but when you are hungry, it will do the job.

Great idea for the sticky. Thanks.
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Not that it makes to much of a difference but I could not see any of the pictures...

Great review none the less and I will have to try some. Especially with the shelf life.

I will add in that spam is an aquired taste. It definitely has it's place. Their are numerous recipes online to make dishes with it. I am sure some will disagree and argue about the sodium content and all but when you are hungry, it will do the job.

Great idea for the sticky. Thanks.
Fried Spam on bread or toast with mayo is awsome.....Being from Mn ya almost have to be a Spam person...
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The canned chicken from Sams Club or Aldis is just fine.
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I did call them actually.... if stored in a dry safe place (like a pantry where them temp doesn't go down to low to cause condensation) and the cans are kept rust free they are good for 5 years at least. The lady I talked too said they have known people who stored them longer than that and had no problems. The info is not on the cans because they can't control how you will store it.
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I still have a LOT of corned beef, spam, chicken, salmon, tuna and mackerel left from 2000 (Y2K) that I am using up - cases of it !! I've been replacing all of it with new stock since 2009.

As long as they are still sealed under vaccuum before they are opened, they shoud be good. Any of them that don't have that "sssst" vaccuum sound when they are opened (where the lid isn't indented anymore), go right in the trash. (only 1 bad can in the last 5 years TOTAL!!)
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Not meaning to hijack...but look up Franks Hot Buffalo Dip...... GREAT way to use up the canned chicken....

We love the Hokan oysters too.... on crackers....
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jfountain - thanks for the review. I can not see the pics in your post and was wondering...you said it comes out of the can like a log. Is the beef in chunks when you break it up or does it end up looking shredded?

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jfountain - thanks for the review. I can not see the pics in your post and was wondering...you said it comes out of the can like a log. Is the beef in chunks when you break it up or does it end up looking shredded?

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It's in chunks but the chunks turn to shreds if you stir them to much while cooking....


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It's in chunks but the chunks turn to shreds if you stir them to much while cooking....


For those that can't see the pictures for some reason, go to my profile and I have them posted in an album there too.
I went to your albums, but it says invalid link.
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Werling and Sons are the actual makers of most of the Yoder line of canned meats.(Everything except the canned bacon) Yoder does not have any processing plants.
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Thanks for the heads up and review jfountian2. Ive been looking for a good review on canned meats.
Just placed an order for 12 cans.
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I like DAK hams 16 oz. cans, I bought mine at CVS when they were on sale.
There has already been so much said about them in other threads, I really don't know what I could add, except....a picture.
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I like DAK hams 16 oz. cans, I bought mine at CVS when they were on sale.
There has already been so much said about them in other threads, I really don't know what I could add, except....a picture.
I prefer DAK hams over Spam any day. I buy Spam for when I don't need to eat as much ham. Right now it's easy to just put leftover DAK ham in the fridge but after SHTF it may be better to have the smaller cans of Spam to open, less chance of having leftovers means no worries about storing them.
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I went to your albums, but it says invalid link.
You just got 5 posts, try it again today and if you still can't see it send me a pm. I'll have to check the settings on the album but I'm pretty sure I made it public access.
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I can't open the album either. I get this reply:

"Invalid Album specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator"
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OK, I changed my seetings to allow registered members to view my albums instead of just people on my friends list so try it again.
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