Army Working on Three-Year Sandwich Without Refrigeration
U.S. Army Pvt. Kemoathe Green of Saginaw, Mich., eats a pepperoni pocket sandwich, while conducting a tour of the long lasting food technology at the US Army Soldier System Center in Natick, Mass., Monday, Sept. 30, 2002. The MRE, acronym for meal ready t
It tops a U.S. Army most-wanted list, unleashes potent chemicals that suck the immediate vicinity dry â€” and it goes great with grape jelly.
The struggle to make the classic peanut butter and jelly combination battle-ready for soldiers in the field highlights an effort by top Army scientists to develop pocket sandwiches that will keep without refrigeration for three years.
Researchers working on the latest innovation in "meals ready to eat," army lingo for anytime, anywhere munchies, were drawn to the stuffed bread rolls now in supermarket frozen food sections. Convenience is the attraction: no utensils, not much to open yet makes for a satisfying meal, at least in theory.