Military Tech – Vacuum Microwave – Shrinks Food to Just a Fraction of Its Original Size

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

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

Yang and other food scientists at Natick are researching the Army’s new generation of portable rations. On the menu of the future are MRE pizzas, portable fruit, and a light-weight ration for soldiers on the go.

Yang’s bars may soon be found in the new ration, the Close Combat Assault Ration, which is supposed to contain three times the nutrition of a normal MRE while being lighter and smaller. Prototypes for the new ration are about one-third the weight of similar MREs, an Army statement said.

The military is trying to figure out how to feed small, isolated units who may go up to a week without resupply, Yang said. Currently, a soldier would need 21 MREs to survive that week. (Read more from “Military Tech – Vacuum Microwave – Shrinks Food to Just a Fraction of Its Original Size” HERE)

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