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Scientists create pizza that can last years

By T.K. Randall
February 16, 2014 · Comment icon 15 comments

Soldiers have been asking for pizza field rations for years. Image Credit: sxc.hu
The US military had been requesting a ready-to-eat pizza for soldiers as an alternative to field rations.
Researchers at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are no strangers to developing new tools and supplies for soldiers in the field. Some of their previous projects have included the development of ready-to-eat field rations, the Future Force Warrior combat system and a special wearable nylon webbing designed to help a soldier carry more equipment.

Their latest project, a pizza that can be stored for up to three years while still remaining edible, has been devised in response to countless requests by soldiers for something a little more interesting than standard field rations.
"It pretty much tastes just like a typical pan pizza that you would make at home and take out of the oven or the toaster oven," said Jill Bates who heads up the lab. "The only thing missing from that experience would be it's not hot when you eat it. It's room temperature."

The new long-life pizzas should be making their way to field ration supply stores in the near future.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by GreenmansGod 10 years ago
There are pizza franchises that have had that stuff for years.
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
I'm sure the military has their "ducks-in-a row", and I commend their efforts to bring gastric pleasure to our military service people. Much like new "astronaut foods" which go through(I think) about 3-years of testing(maybe less) of the product(mold, food-breakdown, sterilization, etc...) and the type of packaging before medical approval. Huh. Wonder how their pizza actually tastes. Can it be warmed first?
Comment icon #8 Posted by ancient astronaut 10 years ago
I'm sure the military has their "ducks-in-a row", and I commend their efforts to bring gastric pleasure to our military service people. Much like new "astronaut foods" which go through(I think) about 3-years of testing(maybe less) of the product(mold, food-breakdown, sterilization, etc...) and the type of packaging before medical approval. Huh. Wonder how their pizza actually tastes. Can it be warmed first? To answer your question, yes. Each MRE comes with an individual heater that requires adding only a little water (to fill line). Put the meal in the heated pouch and back in the box and afte... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rye17 10 years ago
Twinkie technology
Comment icon #10 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
I'm sure these will be added to every survial shelter. We can't do without pizza. Maybe they can make more topping available later.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Emin 10 years ago
In the end no one can resist za!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Mojohand 10 years ago
They stole the tech from Mcdonald's
Comment icon #13 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
Finally cottoned onto Papa Giuseppe Pizza's hey?
Comment icon #14 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
They stole the tech from Mcdonald's Except the pizza tastes good.
Comment icon #15 Posted by eaglesareskykittens 10 years ago
I heard about this on NPR, and I was like, that's the human race alright. O, the great lengths we will go, for a pizza!


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