Military Scientists Create Pizza That Lasts for Three Years

A packet containing a slice of prototype pizza
A packet containing a slice of prototype pizza is displayed by public affairs officer David Accetta at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, in Natick, Mass. Steven Senne / AP

Forget frozen pizza; science has finally created a slice that can last three years on the shelf before going bad.

No, it’s not DiGiorno. It’s a ready-to-eat meal — known as a MRE — created for the military. In combat zones where field kitchens are not an option, soldiers rely on these meals, which don’t need to be refrigerated or frozen.

Like most Americans with taste buds, soldiers love pizza. In fact, it was the number one requested MRE. (The current soldier favorite is spaghetti). But up until now military food scientists could not figure out how to make sauce and cheese that wouldn’t release its moisture into the crust, making for soggy pizza, reported the Associated Press.

The culinary geniuses at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts fiddled with acidity of the ingredients, added ingredients in the sauce and cheese that retain moisture, and redesigned the packaging. The result: a prototype slice of pepperoni pizza that can be enjoyed right out of the bag.

It might not be the same as a pie fresh from a pizzeria's oven, or even hot, but in the field, a piece of room-temperature pizza will probably be a welcome sight for most U.S. soldiers.