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US Army Invents Virtually Immortal Pizza (VIDEO)

14/02/2014 16:19 GMT | Updated 17/02/2014 15:59 GMT

Scientists have invented a form of virtually immortal pizza which can stay fresh for years at a time, so it can be given to members of the military.

Pizza has long been a request of US service men and women who have to survive on Ready To Eat (RTE) meals when in the field, or in areas without field kitchens.

But pizza is notoriously hard to produce in a form that can be stored and eaten long term, because of the necessary moisture in tomato sauce, cheese and the dough. It also tends to encourage the growth of bacteria - again, a problem if you're eating a pizza 36 months after making it.

Now the US Army's Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center has solved the problem.

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Above: the new prototype pizza

According to the AP, spent two years looking into a new type of ingredient to trap moisture, keeping the dough fresh without spoiling the food.

They also changed the acidity of the cheese and dough, and added iron filings to the box to absorb air.

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The result is that US Army soldiers can now eat pizza in 2017 even if they make it today, and leave it in 80 degree heat until they finally consume it. The final product isn't quite ready - it's still in testing - but signs are good that it could be rolled out soon alongside traditional RTE meals like spaghetti.

And how does it taste?

Jill Bates, who runs the lab, said:

"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," she said. "The only thing missing from that experience would be it's not hot when you eat it. It's room temperature."