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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

samzenpus posted about 7 months ago | from the oldest-leftovers dept.

The Military 225

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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the good news (5, Funny)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | about 7 months ago | (#46262431)

The good news is that after three years it still tastes better than Dominos.

Re:the good news (1)

ThatAblaze (1723456) | about 7 months ago | (#46262609)

Ahh.. but it still costs 5 times as much.

Re:the good news (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262613)

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

Re:the good news (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262813)

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poopies destroyed fucks
blowjob scorching herpes
capitalist transporters
banana with hitlerhole

What say you about these things, hm?

Re:the good news (5, Informative)

Gareth Iwan Fairclough (2831535) | about 7 months ago | (#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]

Re:the good news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263005)

The scientists are already studying the completely unconfirmed hypotheses of making the pizza taste better by heating it in an oven after unpacking it.

Re:the good news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263315)

The good news is that after three years it still is better than Slashdot Beta.

Re:the good news (3, Funny)

quenda (644621) | about 7 months ago | (#46263469)

Holly: Nothing wrong with UA Army pizza. Full of goodness, full of vitamins, full of marrowbone jelly. Lasts longer than any other type of pizza, US Army pizza.
Lister: Why?
Holly: No bugger'll eat it. Plus, of course, the advantage of US Army pizza is that when it goes off, it tastes exactly the same as when it's fresh.
Lister: Why didn't you tell me, Holly?

I'd rather not. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262437)

Pre-made pizzas these days are so bad. They either taste too much like a tomato or they are dry.

I'd sooner make a hacky-at-best pizza using some standard bread slices flattened and shaped more or less in to a circle and then ingredients on it. At least then I know it will actually taste of something.
Plus, making that is so easy. Even the biggest turbo NEETs could do that.

Re:I'd rather not. (3, Insightful)

Immerman (2627577) | about 7 months ago | (#46262901)

Don't be a prisoner to the circle! French-bread pizza can be awesome - use the top and bottom halves of a loaf as the crusts and pile as many topping as you can. Use big enough chunks and you can stack that sucker as tall as the original loaf.

Re:I'd rather not. (5, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 7 months ago | (#46263433)

. . . and then put the top and bottom halves back together to make a giant sub sandwich, wrap it in bacon to keep it together, dip it in batter, and deep fry it!

Make pizza burgers (1)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | about 7 months ago | (#46263107)

I don't know if this is just a north east thing but we used to make pizzas by taking half an English muffin and putting sauce, cheese and toppings on it and then put it in a oven. That was a quick, easy, and tasty.

Re:Make pizza burgers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263159)

I do the same thing for snacks.

For a meal, I use pita bread.

That's ok (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | about 7 months ago | (#46262441)

It would still be warmer than the average delivery pizza.

Re:That's ok (2)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about 7 months ago | (#46262755)

It would still be warmer than the average delivery pizza.

I bet I could heat it up with The World's Most Powerful Laser!

Re:That's ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262815)

obvious invention is oven that heats the pizza while being delivered

Uh.. (1)

Sable Drakon (831800) | about 7 months ago | (#46263013)

Sounds like you've just got shitty delivery services in your area. I've never had a cold delivery pizza, ever.

Re:Uh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263071)

I've never had a cold delivery pizza, ever.

That's because you live in the basement of a Domino's run by your mom.

Three Years? (2)

symes (835608) | about 7 months ago | (#46262459)

If they only just close enough to finalizing the recipe now how do they know it will last three years?

Re:Three Years? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262475)

They used enhanced interrogation on the pizza to discover it's secrets, and to stop a terror plot by a group of militant hotdogs in Eastern Europe.

Re:Three Years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262707)

If only they could make pizzas last as long as misplaced apostrophes, they'd outlast the universe!

Re:Three Years? (1)

SacredNaCl (545593) | about 7 months ago | (#46262741)

Except they never make doomsday apostrophe films!

Re:Three Years? (4, Insightful)

icebike (68054) | about 7 months ago | (#46262541)

If they only just close enough to finalizing the recipe now how do they know it will last three years?

These guys invent MREs. That's what they do.
They have years of experience developing and packaging for long term duration.

As to how good will it taste in three years, that's based on historical analysis of other similar MREs.
The Spaghetti MREs are pretty good after three years.

I know guys who actually like MREs, and bought their own supply for hunting trips after the left the service.

Re:Three Years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262581)

Plenty of them are just fine. Soldiers/etc. are a bunch of whiners and will tell you they're universally disgusting, but this is just a cultural thing. Anyone who hasn't lived off them really should shut their mouth on it.

Re:Three Years? (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 7 months ago | (#46262951)

I've got no complaint with most of them for short durations, but if I'm going to be repeatedly eating the same stuff for weeks at a time it's going to have to be a lot better than that to keep me getting thoroughly sick of it. And this from someone who's content to eat uncooked oatmeal for breakfast 90% of the time.

Re:Three Years? (5, Interesting)

Deadstick (535032) | about 7 months ago | (#46262763)

The Spaghetti MREs are pretty good after three years.

I know guys who actually like MREs, and bought their own supply for hunting trips after the left the service.

Many sporting-goods stores stock MREs. Not bad compared to a lot of camping food.

I went on a field exercise in 1961 with K-Rats packed in 1943...I'd have been delighted to have MREs.

Re:Three Years? (4, Interesting)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 7 months ago | (#46263063)

My cousin owns a surplus store. I have recently eaten K rations from WW2. The sponge cake wasn't bad.

Re:Three Years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263153)

Child's play... "Guy eats 50 year old Chicken on 50th Anniversary"
http://www.ifood.tv/blog/guy_eats_50_year_old_chicken_on_50th_anniversary

Re:Three Years? (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 7 months ago | (#46263399)

I love MREs. I've tried all the US military flavours and all of MealKitSupply's Canadain flavours. I may just be odd, though.

Re:Three Years? (2)

Mashdar (876825) | about 7 months ago | (#46263427)

I wonder how the vitamin content will look after three years of storage. "Edible" does not mean you are getting vitamins, and AFAIK vitamin C degredation is a big deal -- as Franklin would attest to. [wikipedia.org] (I know nothing of more modern food preservation techniques, so correct me if I'm wrong.)

Re:Three Years? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262587)

If they only just close enough to finalizing the recipe now how do they know it will last three years?

Because they based it on a slice from a Pizza I found under my couch.

Re:Three Years? (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | about 7 months ago | (#46262693)

They went to college; they know that standard pizza will last a month in their dorm, and just extrapolated.

Re:Three Years? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263179)

Extrapolation, the bane of engineering-niggerdom. Fucking niggers

Stale Pizza (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262465)

...best enjoyed with a helping of Slashdot Beta.

Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

ffkom (3519199) | about 7 months ago | (#46262477)

Does it really take yet another invention to prove that human resources can survive on a soilent-green diet and alike? Sounds to me like an unnecessary all time low in the already moribund eating culture some western nations have committed to.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

icebike (68054) | about 7 months ago | (#46262561)

Its for MREs, combat rations, soldiers in the field.

Nobody is planning to serve it in restaurants.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (2)

jez9999 (618189) | about 7 months ago | (#46262675)

Nobody is planning to serve it in restaurants.

..... or are they?

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

ffkom (3519199) | about 7 months ago | (#46262695)

I guess that is what they also told people first about Spam, "microwave popcorn", Marmite and other horrors now populating supermarkets. :-)

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

icebike (68054) | about 7 months ago | (#46262775)

None of those started as Military rations.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262849)

spam did it was given to soldiers in WWII and made it's way to the public soon after the war ended.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (3, Informative)

sv_libertarian (1317837) | about 7 months ago | (#46262875)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org] No, it was a commercial food product that got adapted for military use.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263025)

All canned food started as military rations. Search Appert.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

Yahooti (3401115) | about 7 months ago | (#46263203)

Moribund eating culture? We eat because we have to and being away from a kitchen sometimes requires that we get a bit inventive, don't ya think? A flat piece of cardboard with some cheesy goop containing pepperoni might just be welcome in some extreme circumstances. Given the option, I'd much rather have that than eat a squirming snake.

Re:Cuisine hits rock bottom (1)

plover (150551) | about 7 months ago | (#46263509)

And the army needs the soldiers to concentrate on their missions, and not plundering the local countryside for food, or even scrounging for snakes.

I guess in 3 years (1)

anastasd (849943) | about 7 months ago | (#46262495)

I guess in 3 years scientists will be researching bacteria, that eats the pizza, to clear the pollution that it will cause meanwhile

Nutritional value ? (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | about 7 months ago | (#46262509)

How do they stop it spoiling ? Bacteria need 3 things to grow: moisture, time and nutrients (something to digest to provide energy). The article says that they keep it moist and try hard to remove oxygen, but things like Anaerobic bacteria [wikipedia.org] don't need oxygen. They make it slighly acidic which might help, but too acidic and it will damage soldiers' teeth. The other way of stopping things growing in it is to remove nutritional content -- which is presumably the reason that soliders need to eat it. Hmmmm.

Re:Nutritional value ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262603)

MREs are heated after sealing to a high enough temperature to kill most existing bacteria.

Re:Nutritional value ? (3)

icebike (68054) | about 7 months ago | (#46262635)

This problem has been solved for decades.
Check out the Wiki page on how many different menus [wikipedia.org] there are for MREs.

As for injuring the soldiers' teeth these are combat rations, MREs, stuff you eat when bullets are flying, and therefore the least of your worries.

Re:Nutritional value ? (2)

jiriw (444695) | about 7 months ago | (#46262681)

Well ... maybe they also use some heat/radiation methods to kill bacteria?
The article mentions using iron filings to remove the oxygen, which makes me suspect they use an air tight container. So, if you manage to not have any bacteria in there, in the first place, and that air tight container is any good, I don't suspect anything living to take a bite from that slice, except when somebody actually intends to do so.

Re:Nutritional value ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262783)

it will BLOW YOUR MIND to know that canning technology was invented 150 years ago.

Re:Nutritional value ? (1)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 7 months ago | (#46262961)

How do they stop it spoiling ? Bacteria need 3 things to grow: moisture, time and nutrients (something to digest to provide energy). The article says that they keep it moist and try hard to remove oxygen, but things like Anaerobic bacteria [wikipedia.org] don't need oxygen. They make it slighly acidic which might help, but too acidic and it will damage soldiers' teeth. The other way of stopping things growing in it is to remove nutritional content -- which is presumably the reason that soliders need to eat it. Hmmmm.

Well, maybe you could irradiate it and kill all the bacteria. Just speculating.

Re:Nutritional value ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263067)

How do they stop it spoiling ? Bacteria need 3 things to grow: moisture, time and nutrients (something to digest to provide energy). The article says that they keep it moist and try hard to remove oxygen, but things like Anaerobic bacteria [wikipedia.org] don't need oxygen. They make it slighly acidic which might help, but too acidic and it will damage soldiers' teeth. The other way of stopping things growing in it is to remove nutritional content -- which is presumably the reason that soliders need to eat it. Hmmmm.

Dehydrate it? Irradiation?

FTFY (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 7 months ago | (#46262521)

... while still remaining as edible as it was to start with.

I just wish... (1)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about 7 months ago | (#46262523)

they could amke a decent crust that I could put my own sauce cheese and stuffings on, and that I could cut into small pieces.
Bobboli's just doesn't cut it and pillsbury is too greasy.

PS: The army should learn about microwaves. Then they would get warm pizza,

Re:I just wish... (1)

ArbitraryName (3391191) | about 7 months ago | (#46262633)

When a microwave is available, they're not eating MREs. They're eating B-Rats or, more likely A-Rats.

Re:I just wish... (0)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#46262745)

Do they stick the whole rat in the microwave or do they field dress it first?

Re:I just wish... (2)

icebike (68054) | about 7 months ago | (#46262641)

Microwaves for combat rations?
What are they going to plug them into? A current bush?

Re:I just wish... (3, Funny)

DanielRavenNest (107550) | about 7 months ago | (#46262651)

Just hold it in front of the anti-aircraft radar for 30 seconds.

There's a reason the first microwave ovens were called "Radaranges" (http://www.radar58.com/radarange/radar.html), and were made by the Amana division of Raytheon, a military radar manufacturer.

Re:I just wish... (1)

Anrego (830717) | about 7 months ago | (#46262663)

Try going to a bakery (even those dinky ones they have inside some grocery stores). Lot of them now carry pre-made crusts that are approximately a billion times better than the usual frozen/stale fare you find on the shelves.

I came back home once to find my roommate eating a (1)

RamiKro (3019255) | about 7 months ago | (#46262553)

4 years old frozen burrito he found buried in the back of the fridge.

When I told him what he was doing, he just shrugged and carried on munching.

Nothing happened. And that had meat and vegetables in it.

So yeah, 3 years old Pizza is nothing special.

There's a difference here. (3, Informative)

Sable Drakon (831800) | about 7 months ago | (#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:I came back home once to find my roommate eatin (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 7 months ago | (#46263123)

Well sure, stuff is pretty stable while frozen - microbial activity approaches zero, and chemical degradation is a far slower process that mostly just gradually robs food of flavor and nutrients.

Now, if your burrito had been sitting on an open shelf in a warehouse for 4 years instead it would likely have been a very different narrative.

But I'd still side with your roommate - if the flavor's okay and I've already swallowed a couple bites, then why not? Worst case the extra backup gives the infection that's already been established a few hours head start.

Breaching the Biological Weapons Convention? (1)

ffkom (3519199) | about 7 months ago | (#46262565)

How long will it take until some disgruntled ex-Fort-Detrick employee sends such an abomination of Pizza to some US offcials to make them aware of their atrocity?

I ate lots of room temperature pizza.. (1)

the_rajah (749499) | about 7 months ago | (#46262567)

Back when I was in college.

It also doubles as ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262571)

kevlar body armor

Reminds me of something like this in the past... (2)

rts008 (812749) | about 7 months ago | (#46262583)

I can't remember how long ago it was (a decade or more, IIRC) they were irradiating uncooked food for long term shelf(room temp) storage.
I think they irradiated some raw chicken carcasses to test, and were going to test and taste them after 10 years.
I have not heard a single thing about this since.

Wonder what came out of the 10 year fowl experiment?

Now, they are trying 5 year pizza. Hmmm.

Past experience in the military has taught me that when they start experimenting with field rations, nightmares frequently result.

In my day, fights over the few edible entrees packed in the C-rations resulted in more severe(and numerous) casualties than accidents, Acts of God/Nature, poor planning, and Demon Murphy taking over, than all of 'enemy action' casualties combined during the 'Reign of the C-Rats'.

If you were the unfortunate troop to find 'beef stew' in you ration pack WITHOUT a p-38 to defend your life, it turned gruesome quickly!(p-38's were only included in one out of five ration packs, and were highly coveted items.)

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 7 months ago | (#46262765)

p>If you were the unfortunate troop to find 'beef stew' in you ration pack WITHOUT a p-38 to defend your life, it turned gruesome quickly!(p-38's were only included in one out of five ration packs, and were highly coveted items.)

Not surprising. It has to be really hard to fit one of those things [wikipedia.org] into a ration pack.

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (1)

MindStalker (22827) | about 7 months ago | (#46262903)

P-38 is a can opener, but yeah parent poster really should define their terms.

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 7 months ago | (#46263139)

Not really, but it can only be done reliably when The Doctor is around to lend the use of a dimensional stabilizer.

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 7 months ago | (#46263289)

On the other hand, this [wikipedia.org] might well fit in a ration pack, and really would be handy for defending your beef stew...

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262969)

I can't decide whether you're talking about the fighter plane, the pistol, or the can opener. The plane is the most amusing of the three.

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263069)

Past experience in the military has taught me that when they start experimenting with field rations, nightmares frequently result. In my day, fights over the few edible entrees packed in the C-rations resulted in more severe(and numerous) casualties than accidents, Acts of God/Nature, poor planning, and Demon Murphy taking over, than all of 'enemy action' casualties combined during the 'Reign of the C-Rats'. If you were the unfortunate troop to find 'beef stew' in you ration pack WITHOUT a p-38 to defend your life, it turned gruesome quickly!(p-38's were only included in one out of five ration packs, and were highly coveted items.)

20 years ago, when i was serving in the Greek marines (as a conscript - a requirement for all capable male Greeks), in an joint exercice taking place in Italy i had the opportunity to experience the field rations of several NATO allies. The -unfortunate- USA marines and British royal marines were eager to trade their rations with us Greeks (in the begining we were curious about their "edible thing" -i am not calling it food... sorry!- so we always agreed happily, later we just took pity on them and gave them our rations without demanding theirs), but everyone (including us Greeks) were admiring the Italian ones (almost restaurant level quantity and -more important- quality) - of cource i understand the logistic reasons for that "edible thing" and i even accept that the quality of it was inversely proportional to the fighting ability...

Re:Reminds me of something like this in the past.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263177)

I've seen "Ghosts of Mars". I know how it works out when you find a bunch of canned food and no can opener.

Mc Donalds have beaten them (2)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 7 months ago | (#46262599)

Wasn't there someone who left a big mac on the kitchen table and planned to take a photo a day as some kind of art project? And the damn thing did not go bad for months? Or was it a hoax or urban legend?

How bad that pizza must be if even microbes don't like its taste!

Re:Mc Donalds have beaten them (2)

ArbitraryName (3391191) | about 7 months ago | (#46262667)

It's been done multiple times, fourteen years in one case [time.com] . They certainly go bad, they just don't change in appearance much.

Re:Mc Donalds have beaten them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263465)

Wasn't there someone who left a big mac on the kitchen table and planned to take a photo a day as some kind of art project? And the damn thing did not go bad for months? Or was it a hoax or urban legend?

How bad that pizza must be if even microbes don't like its taste!

That bad? [time.com]

The perfect "editble" gift... (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 7 months ago | (#46262601)

for Valentine's Day three years from now.

In an MRE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262607)

it would be labeled "Pizza Component"

MRE:
- Meals Ready to Eat

- Meals Regurgitated by Everyone

- Martian Rectal Ectoplasm

Re:In an MRE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262629)

Or perhaps it should be labeled "Cowabunga!"

Later Dudes and Dudettes!

- Michelangelo

Programmer Chow (2)

Required Snark (1702878) | about 7 months ago | (#46262623)

You know, like dog chow or cat chow.

Re:Programmer Chow (1)

Volguus Zildrohar (1618657) | about 7 months ago | (#46263053)

Nah, I'll iust have some board chow [inktank-studios.com] .

Re:Programmer Chow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263193)

It's Bachelor Chow [fjcdn.com] for me.

Time to Play: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262649)

Notice the missing adjectives! Like good, tasty, nutritious, delicious, just like ma used to make. If you guessed "edible", you WIN.

reported by Jill Bates (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262657)

What did Jeeve Sobs' study report?

Gross, but... (1)

bradgoodman (964302) | about 7 months ago | (#46262731)

Sounds pretty gross but...can't be worse than Pizza Hut.

I've eaten MREs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262795)

Air Force officer here. I've eaten MREs. They are nasty. I can tell you this pizza is most likely disgusting as well. It's all fun and games to joke about 4 year old frozen burritos, luke warm pizza delivery, etc... but there is no comparison. MREs are a last resort option because there is no other food available, and they turn your digestive tract into a living nightmare.

Re:I've eaten MREs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263229)

Wuss.

Re:I've eaten MREs (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 7 months ago | (#46263451)

Canadian civilian here. US military MREs are better than most of the frozen stuff I usually eat. I probably haven't eaten as many as you, but I've eaten 36 of the things (including every flavour of the US military ones and every flavour of the MealKitSupply ones), and they were mostly pretty good.

Now that Pizza in the back of some college kids... (1)

Carl Stanley (3489489) | about 7 months ago | (#46262801)

Now that Pizza in the back of some college kids mini fridge really is going to have been there for at least three years.

The Onion reported on this years ago. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46262889)

And decades ago, Asimov ranted about processed "cheese" that never went bad. His take: if even bacteria won't eat it, is it really food?

Paleolithic Pizza (1)

RudyHartmann (1032120) | about 7 months ago | (#46262919)

After a nuclear war they'll find footprints leading to the only thing that hasn't dissolved. Just like the Clovis people controversy, there'll be an argument whether the makers originated in Europe like the Salutreans. It'll be a wonder in a museum.

Pizza Hut (3, Funny)

Goody (23843) | about 7 months ago | (#46262931)

I was going to say they just re-invented Pizza Hut pizza, but then I saw the part about it being edible. At least they don't have to worry about Pizza Hut suing for patent infringement.

Hydrate level four, please (2)

Trogre (513942) | about 7 months ago | (#46262955)

This is a good step in the right direction. They now have about 18 months to come up with a fully rehydratable, dehydrated pizza.

That is, of course, once they've sorted out proper hoverboards and Mr Fusion.

Chemicals and low nutrition (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263099)

With enough synthetic chemicals and a complete disregard for nutritional value, you can get the complete American pan pizza experience.

why bother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263165)

Seems to me you just need to put a small 3D printer in a pouch, when you open the pouch, 3 or 5 seconds later it 3D prints the pizza for you. I really don't get the point of these Luddite stories about old ways of storing food when 3D printing is here already.

I mean, at least I assume it's already here, all I keep hearing is how 3D printing is the greatest revolution ever.

At least (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263181)

It would be less offensive to the tastebuds, as Beta is to the eyeballs.

So that's where all the Twinkies went... (2)

dlingman (1757250) | about 7 months ago | (#46263245)

So the army bought all the remaining stocks of Twinkies and converted them into pizza?

Not like at my home (1)

holophrastic (221104) | about 7 months ago | (#46263323)

Perhaps it'll taste like grocery-store, refrigerated-truck, warehouse-shelf toppings, but it won't taste anything like my pizza. My pizza, with farm-fresh toppings that have never seen a truck, nor a refrigerator, nor even a shelf, goes bad in about twelve hours -- with visible mould in 24 hours.

Many people have said "it's so bad, even the dog won't eat it". Well I've always said: "if mould doesn't want to eat it, neither do I."

So if your pizza keeps for three years, it lacks any form of nutrition. It's not for me.

Re:Not like at my home (1)

Guspaz (556486) | about 7 months ago | (#46263483)

RTFA: this is for military rations. Have you ever made your "farm-fresh" pizza while hiding behind a rock on the other side of the world while people shoot at you? Didn't think so.

Spoken like a true academic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46263325)

Only a person with a broad base of mediocre pizza experience would accept a shelf-stable product approximating reheated previously-frozen pan pizza at room temperature.

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