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