The Army is developing a new ration that uses vacuum-microwave technology to shrink items. Items under development from the Close Combat Assault Ration at the Pentagon May 24, 2018 include a root vegetable bar, Korean barbeque stir-fry package, spinach quiche, cheddar cheese bar, banana and French toast. (GARY SHEFTICK/U.S. ARMY)
The Army is developing a new ration that uses vacuum-microwave technology to shrink items. Items under development from the Close Combat Assault Ration at the Pentagon May 24, 2018 include a root vegetable bar, Korean barbeque stir-fry package, spinach quiche, cheddar cheese bar, banana and French toast. (GARY SHEFTICK/U.S. ARMY)

The incredible shrinking MRE: New tech zaps rations into a third their normal size

by J.P. Lawrence
Stars and Stripes

Soldiers of the future may be eating bacon and egg breakfasts via tiny food bars, due to a new technology that shrinks meals to a fraction of their normal size.

Think sous vide, but for tactical quiches that may end up in your next Meal, Ready to Eat.

One dish begins with bacon, egg, cheese and heavy cream. The ingredients are inserted into a vacuum microwave dryer for 80 minutes of shrinkage. The result: a bar that’s smaller than a Snicker’s candy bar but with twice as many calories — and much more nutrition.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.593636

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