A sample of the new MRE pepperoni pizza (Photo: US Army)
Packaged and ready for a long period in storage, the new MRE pizza fills a long-felt need for a familiar comfort food (Photo: U. Army)
MRE #10: Chile and macaroni (Photo: US Army)
The new MRE pizza being tried out by the troops (Photo: US Army)
Pizza with a three-year shelf life will soon be joining the US Army's field rations menu. These infamous MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) have a long and checkered history, acquiring such sobriquets over the years as "Meals Rejected by Everyone" and "Materials Resembling Edibles." Pizza has long topped the list of requested meals, but the task of providing a palatable slice of this complex food that will survive the required three-year shelf life has foiled all attempts. Now, the folks at Natick's Combat Feeding Directorate have achieved a minor miracle in food technology: stopping time for a slice of pizza.
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