Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

14 Feb
Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

Nirvana or Heresy?
Is this a blessing to our men in uniform? I know I would be pretty unhappy if I didn’t have access to pizza at any given moment. It’s a lot like coffee for me. And If I was in a bomb shelter waiting out a nuclear winter, this stuff would probably get me through (after I finished the frozen Ellio’s Pizza Stash). Even though I would probably eat any pizza – and, in fact, often crave bad pizza, I still think this might just be ‘wrong’.


NATICK, Mass. (AP) — They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat.

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.

Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on a recipe that doesn’t require any refrigeration or freezing.

“You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years and it’d still be edible,” said Michelle Richardson, a food scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Scientists at the Natick labs also are responsible for developing equipment and clothing that improves soldiers’ combat effectiveness…

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

  1. Joann

    February 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I think my husband would agree! But the 19-year-old enlisted guy might be thankful!

  2. Adam D. Jansen

    February 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Pizza! I don’t think this is a problem. Soldiers do a lot of work when they’re in the field, where MREs are eaten. And if they don’t maintain physical fitness, they’ll be discharged.


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