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DAK Ham Review

Dak Ham

DAK Ham Review

Written by: Jalapeño Gal

As devoted preppers, we make sure to have store-bought canned meat and home canned meat in our food storage.  Store bought meat can be a challenge on the taste buds.  We are always eager to try new meats which is what brought us to camping survival’s canned DAK Ham. (

Some facts about DAK:

  • Their ham is fully cooked so you can eat it cold or hot.
  • Shelf life of this product is 4-5 years as long as the can is not dented, punctured, swollen or rust around the rim.  Store in a dry, cool environment.
  • Ingredients:  Ham cured with water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphates, carrageenan, sodium erythorbate, and sodium nitrate.
  • DAK established itself as a quality brand since 1947.
  • Unlike spam, which contains pieces of different types of meat such as Turkey and Spam hot dogs, DAK is 100% Ham.
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You can see the texture is not like spam

Test’s and Observations:

  • Upon opening, I thought to myself, “This looks like spam.”  After removing it from the container I sliced it and took a bite.  *It definitely does not taste like spam.*  It has a very good taste that surprised me.  It was a little bit salty, but not so much that it changed the flavor.
  • I sliced half of the ham and put it in the skillet.  It fries up nicely and keeps its shape for sandwiches, breakfast, or to eat on crackers.
  • The other half of the can I placed in a bowl and added a little bit of mayo, sweet relish, eggs, and onions.  It made a delicious ham salad that my kids ate up on crackers.
  • We took a second can of DAK ham, and, as suggested on, we placed it in the oven at 325º F for 20 minutes.  We scored it, added brown sugar and cloves on top, basting it with the juice from the cooking ham.  I wouldn’t say its like a thanksgiving ham, but for a quick meal it was full of flavor and there were no complaints from the family.
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This made a wonderful breakfast sandwich

My Final Thoughts:  We will be replacing spam with DAK ham!  Our family gives DAK Ham two thumbs up! ♥   You can use this ham in multiple ways, and it is worth trying and adding to your food storage.   Feel free to add your experience and opinions in the comments section below.


Keepin It Spicy,

Jalapeño Gal

Single can or case of 24 can be purchased here.

You can also purchase this product at Costco if you have a membership.

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18 Comments on "DAK Ham Review"

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  1. I just tried some for the first time this week. I have to admit that it is good tasting, I add it to my eggs and or home fries. But I do have to remark that when I first opened the can, I found the smell reminiscent of opening a can of cat food.

  2. mn says:

    Unlike spam, which contains pieces of different types of meat, DAK is 100% Ham.??????

    What different types of meat do YOU think is in Spam????

  3. Awesome! thanks for sharing! I don’t know what Bj’s is.


  4. Suburban says:

    I find this at some Walmarts in our area, but not at Sam’s or Costco stores.

    Back when I was a kid my family would buy DAK canned hams, but back them there were many different brands of canned ham available. For many years I could not find any canned ham, so I am glad to find it again.

    Our favorite way to use the DAK hams is to dice 1/2 a ham and use it to help flavor a large pot of soup. Split peas cooked with some ham makes a tasty soup, but there are many other ways to enjoy it as well.

    • mmmmm oh my goodness that sounds so good. I love peas but no one else in my house does. I may have to make a batch just for me. :) I dont think its at every costco and sams, only a select few from my understanding. I would definitely purchase it from camping survival. They have awesome prices and its always fresh.


  5. Its very good cut into cubes and mixed with eggs and cheese, my son loved it

  6. Costco is cited as a source. I personally know that also BJ’s Wholesale Club carries it. I’ve picked up a few 3-packs so far, and plan to pick up more over time. The BJ’s price used to be $8.00 for a 3-pack of 1lb cans, but it went up to $9.00 a few months ago.

  7. We had some reminded me of spam will eat it in a down grid maybe dipped in egg yoke and cracker crumbs

  8. John Gilbert says:

    One observation I’ve made while being out of work, sometimes you will eat anything when you are hungry enough. I have had DAK hams before and I can honestly say they are worth eating on a normal day.

  9. Chi Woodrich says:

    I agree with John, most people have never been hungry enough to realize that they are capable of eating almost anything. After 2 or 3 days without food, I would think most people would relax their menu restrictions considerably.

  10. Angela May says:

    I’ve bought Dak ham at Big Lots and Dollar General too.

  11. OregonMike says:

    We have a different brand from DAK and when it went on sale for $2 a can, bought a dozen. Favorite way to have it is mixed with diced potatoes with eggs poured over both then cooked until eggs are set. When camping, we called this our camping breakfast, using canned potatoes.

  12. These are really good. They occasionally have them on sale at Walgreen’s for $2. With a 5 year shelf life you can’t beat it! I’ve used them to make soups too.