Long Life Sandwich
The U.S. Army has announced a big technological advance. It has come up with a sandwich fit for the battlefield. More from Gail Huff of CNN affiliate WCBB.
GAIL HUFF, CORRESPONDENT
The Army’s new pocket sandwich may not look like a miracle, but consider the fact that it’s made of real bread, real pepperoni, and its expiration date is June of 2007.
Oh, it’s huge. It’s absolutely huge.
For seven years, researchers here at Natick Labs have been trying to develop the technology that uses chemical and natural preservatives to lock moisture in place and stop bacteria and mold from growing. Well, finally they found a way to keep a sandwich fresh for up to five years.
Suspending time indefinitely. That product will be just as safe and wholesome three to five years from now as it was the day it was born.
Soldiers, who are used to MREs consisting of freeze-dried meat and vegetables, say this sandwich equals a meal in a five-star restaurant.
It’s good. It tastes like something you’d buy from Hickory Farms or something. It’s very good.
I tried them, barbecue chicken, bacon and cheese, and pepperoni.
Um, that’s good.
Isn’t that good?
It’s all right.
I like that better.
I passed them around the Channel 5 newsroom and cafeteria without tasters knowing they were Army rations.
Would you buy it?
No. Would you eat it?
I’m eating it now.
Well, it’s interesting.
Yeah, it needs some sauce or something to dress it up.
No, it’s not home cooking, but during combat, it’s perfect. No preparation, no refrigerator needed. You’re no doubt looking at the sandwich of the future.
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