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’.
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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