The US Army Can Make a Sandwich Stay Edible For Three Years

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​The science of food preservation isn't the most appetizing topic, but in this case, it's pretty neat. 

We recently heard of a sandwich that can stay fresh and tasty for up to three years. Sure, it sounds gross, but this isn't the 137-day-old Happy Meal we're talking about. BBC reports that it's a high-tech invention for US soliders, who are often forced to eat the cardboard-like nonfood that comes in MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) packages, and need better fuel while out in the field.  

A team of food scientists found a way to slow down the process of decay in sandwiches. Taking inspiration from preserved jams, they've added ingredients with water-retaining properties, such as honey, sugar and salt, in order to help keep moisture in and bacteria out. Any moisture or bacteria that remains gets trapped by a packet of iron shavings and transformed into a layer of rust.    

Years later, the sandwich is, well, still a sandwich. 

"It's definitely the best two-year-old sandwich I've ever had," one soldier told BBC. "It's better than a lot of new ones I've had, too." 

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Miguelin
Miguelin

AHA I got to give it to the scientists, is that not a BBQ sandwich or meat, "A team of food scientists found a way to slow down the process of decay in sandwiches. Taking inspiration from preserved jams, they've added ingredients with water-retaining properties, such as honey, sugar and salt, in order to help keep moisture in and bacteria out. Any moisture or bacteria that remains gets trapped by a packet of iron shavings and transformed into a layer of rust " of course I think the real Vietnamese sandwiches, are mainly BBQed as can be found in Top Baguette ect.... they last for days, point well taken I never knew iron would help keep the sandwich so long! I will keep that in mind, just in case!

"It's definitely the best two-year-old sandwich I've ever had," one soldier told BBC. "It's better than a lot of new ones I've had, too."  

Now "better than a lot of new ones too?" he must have eaten one of those Pei Wei Vietnamese sandwiches served at JWA, that Nancy Luna had too.... shocking... really shocking... I mean really shocking..... I give it up a 2 year old sandwich better than a lot of new ones... come on buddy where are you eating..... try Harry's Deli.... and stop eating Airport food for god sake...

Why, the Buzzards
Why, the Buzzards

Three-year-old sandwiches? Why not plan, manufacture, and recycle better? Too busy getting ready for even bigger government programs like ObamaCare, I guess.

ZangKoo2
ZangKoo2

You have to admit dude that is some pretty cool stuff. Wow.www.Total-Privacy (dot) US

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