News

Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years

Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years

MRE PIZZA: Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on the pizza that soldiers have been asking for since 1981, when lightweight individual field rations replaced canned food in combat zones or areas where field kitchens can't be set up. Photo: clipart.com

RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers in combat or remote areas — a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still be edible.

Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on the pizza that soldiers have been asking for since 1981, when lightweight individual field rations replaced canned food in combat zones or areas where field kitchens can’t be set up.

On-and-off research over the past few years has helped them figure out ways to prevent moisture from migrating to the dough, creating conditions for potentially dangerous bacteria.

Researcher Jill Bates says the latest prototype batch of pepperoni is like a typical pan pizza, with a crust that’s a little moist and not super-crispy.

Recent Headlines

today in Music

Road, bridge renamed for Duane Allen of Oak Ridge Boys

oakridge

The road that runs just a few hundred yards past where Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys was born.

today in Entertainment

Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson close to signing on for ‘Jungle Book’

lupita

Idris Elba will voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan in the latest adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's adventure tale.

today in Music

Rascal Flatts hosting album release party for charity

rascalflatts

The trio's ninth album, "Rewind," is slated for release on May 13.

today in Entertainment

John Leguizamo chops off fingertip during filming of ‘Chef’

leguizamo

The actor came away from filming with a new-found respect for kitchen staff, a few tips and a great party tale.

today in Music

Happy Birthday to the original ‘American Idol’

kelly-clarkson2

PHOTOS: Since being crowned the first "American Idol" in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has had a whirlwind career.