Military develops MRE pizza that can last 3 years

Military researchers are developing a ready-to-eat pizza for troops

Military develops MRE pizza that can last 3 years

Cheese spread that looks more like peanut butter, from a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), is inspected at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. According to public health, MREs expire about three years after their pack date, but by inspecting them at that three-year point, their shelf life can be extended. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Marelise Wood)

By Military1 Staff

NATICK, Mass. — Military researchers are developing a ready-to-eat pizza for troops.

According to WBUR, the pizza can last up to three years at 80 degrees.  

Researchers say it’s the most frequently requested military MRE, but difficult to make to military specifications.

“When you combine all of these ingredients, they all have different characteristics,” said Michele Richardson, a senior food technologist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center.

“Sauce has more water than dough, so if you put a sauce on a dough and it has too much moisture, the moisture is going to migrate to the dough, making it very soggy. So one of the things we have to do is manipulate the water activity by adding specific ingredients to the dough, the sauce, get a special cheese, and we have to make sure these water activities complement each other,” Richardson said.

The Army will begin field-testing the pizza in August, WBUR reports.