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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years 225

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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have created a pizza that can be stored for up to three years while still remaining edible. 'It pretty much tastes just like a typical pan pizza that you would make at home and take out of the oven or the toaster oven,' said Jill Bates who heads up the lab. 'The only thing missing from that experience would be it's not hot when you eat it. It's room temperature.'"
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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

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  • by sv_libertarian (1317837) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @08:23PM (#46262875) Journal
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org] No, it was a commercial food product that got adapted for military use.
  • by Sable Drakon (831800) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @08:58PM (#46263045)
    That's 4 years while frozen. Almost anything intended for refridgeration can handle being stored for long-term so long as the temperature holds. This however is 3 years on the shelf with no temperature controls at all. There are very few things that can make that particular claim. Just ask anyone that works in your local Target/Wal-mart/regional groccery about product rotation. Only candy manages to hit the 3 year mark, and that's pushing it.
  • Re:the good news (Score:5, Informative)

    by Gareth Iwan Fairclough (2831535) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @10:23PM (#46263441)

    The better news is that now MRE's are apparently 'edible'.

    I never thought they were that bad to be honest. At least they didn't have the 'joys' of the "rocks and custard" (''Fruit' dumplings' in something that is supposed to be butterscotch sauce) desert* we Brits sometimes had in our ration packs.

    That said, I didn't have many MRE's, but the ones I did get were okay. That may have been down to luck, the advice of the US troops I worked with, or it may have been that I could stomach just about anything.

    But not the rocks and custard. That one was just fucking minging.

    *As in, "likely to cause desertion".

    Link showing what a typical British ration pack looked like a few years ago; http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/24... [arrse.co.uk]

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