first_img Soldiers also make recommendations for items they would like to see in Meals, Ready-to-Eat, known as MREs. But sometimes, implementing these items is not feasible due to the process of food preservation technology. Kennedy said this is the case with a commonly recommended item, pizza. Entrees prepared using these methods will taste as though freshly prepared, Kennedy said. “The rations are never good enough,” Kennedy said. “We’re always looking to improve them and to be in alignment with what the current warfighter wants and also meeting nutritional needs.” MREs are produced through the “retort process,” which is a thermal processing method meant to sterilize food. The food items are sealed into a pouch and heated under pressure to temperatures above 240 degrees. This inactivates the microbes that would cause food spoilage. Each year, the Combat Feeding Directorate goes into the field to test new food items with the warfighters and gets input on existing food items, said Jeanette Kennedy, a senior food technologist at Natick Labs, Massachusetts. By Dialogo August 05, 2013 She said they are currently testing around six new flavors for the First Strike Ration’s pocket sandwiches. Kennedy said Natick Soldier Research is currently researching non-thermal, low-thermal, and advanced thermal processes that are less detrimental to the food as compared to the retort process. For next year’s production, Combat Feeding Directorate will also transition to foldable fiberboard sleeves instead of the current cartons inside the MREs to greatly reduce the size and weight, Kennedy said. center_img Barbecue shredded beef, vegetarian taco pasta, and seasoned black beans will replace chicken fajitas, vegetable lasagna, refried beans and potato cheddar soup in the 2014 production of Meals, Ready-to-Eat. Currently, there are 24 menus, which consist of an entrée, such as beef stew or lemon pepper tuna, and several other food items, such as crackers with cheese spread, fruit, and pound cake. Since World War I’s Trench Rations, which consisted of large amounts of food such as canned bread, corned beef and sardines meant for the entire unit to consume, MREs have grown smaller and more complex, while still retaining the nutrients required to sustain Soldier’s energy. In 2008, Combat Feeding began fielding the “First Strike Ration,” which is a compact assault ration designed to eat on the move. It consists of many of the items found in the MRE, but which can be carried in the cargo pocket and don’t need to be eaten with a spoon. MREs have grown immensely in terms of variety of options and cuisines represented since the Trench Rations of World War I. Kennedy, along with Julie Smith, senior food technologist for the Combat Rations Team, said options will continue to grow. Smith said the goal is to increase Soldiers caloric intake throughout the day in combat operations while eliminating the need to stop and heat up the food. “For example, the next generation of ration entrees may be processed via microwave sterilization, high pressure processing, super critical carbon dioxide preservation, or osmotic dehydration,” Kennedy said. “These novel food processing and preservation methods may enable us to produce a greater variety of highly desired menu items, for example eggs, macaroni and cheese and deli meats that have a near fresh quality and high nutrient value.” last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Paul Pogba is struggling with a foot injury and has been left out of the France squad for the next batch of Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP/File / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Oct 3 – Paul Pogba was left out of the France squad named Thursday for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey, but N’Golo Kante and Kylian Mbappe both return.Pogba is currently struggling with a foot problem and was not named in Manchester United’s squad to play AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday, although he did play in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal. Kante has had an injury-hit start to the season and did not feature in France’s home wins over Albania and Andorra last month, while Mbappe has only just returned from a hamstring injury.Elsewhere, Mbappe’s PSG teammate Presnel Kimpembe returns with fellow defenders Samuel Umtiti and Aymeric Laporte sidelined.Tottenham Hotspur’s Tanguy Ndombele makes his comeback as Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi drops down to the under-21 squad, and there is a recall for back-up goalkeeper Steve Mandanda of Marseille.The World Cup holders face Iceland in Reykjavik on Friday, October 11 before entertaining Turkey at the Stade de France on Monday, October 14.Les Bleus are level atop Group H with Turkey on 15 points from six games, with Iceland three points back and the top two qualifying for the final tournament.France squadGoalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Real Madrid/ESP), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Leo Dubois (Lyon), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich/GER), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona/ESP), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich/GER), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea/ENG)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko (both Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona/ESP), Jonathan Ikone (Lille), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more