I’m so excited by the newest addition to the military MRE selection for 2018 that I nearly can’t stand myself.
In a move reminiscent of the daily lunch option at Preble Shawnee Consolidated High School in rural Gratis, Ohio, the military is now offering an opportunity to have pizza for lunch out in the field as a MRE option.
In a recent news article in KITUP magazine the cat was let out of the bag:
The pepperoni pizza entrée has been added to the 2018 Meals, Ready to Eat menu and should be on its way to the field soon.
The pizza MRE will include cheddar and jalapeno cheese spread, Italian breadsticks, cookies, cherry-blueberry cobbler and a chocolate protein drink powder.
“You know, for a pizza that has to last for at least three years … it’s pretty stinking good,” said Jeremy Whitsitt, deputy director of the Defense Department’s Combat Feeding Directorate.
“Whenever we have sampled it with people, the primary comment that comes back is, ‘Hey, it tastes like the pizza I had last night that I put in the fridge,’ he said.
“I think that is a great compliment when you think about bread, sauce, cheese and meat — all have to survive in the same pouch together for three years without going bad, or getting stale or moldy,” Whitsitt added.
The pizza is made with a high-heat-tolerant mozzarella cheese and a process that controls moisture levels, pH and oxygen levels to ensure a three-year shelf life, he said.
However, it’s difficult to predict when units will see the new pizza MRE, he said.
“I can’t tell you when troops will see it because that’s all dependent on what their stock is and how quickly they eat though their older stock” of MREs, Whitsitt said.
Defense Logistics Agency officials said it will be available to most troops in about 18 months, according to a May 25 Army press release.”
The good news for us is that these babies will be hitting the surplus line soon enough and we can enjoy our youthful dietary measures all over again.