Accession Number:

ADA239871

Title:

Development of the Thermostabilized Meal Tray

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 1985-Dec 1990

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

122.0

Abstract:

The Thermostabilized Meal Tray TMT was developed to fulfill an Air Force need for an individual, shelf stable, fully prepared meal to service small groups for one to five days. Targeted user groups were surveyed to determine the types of meals, menu cycle, performance and heating characteristics required for this feeding system. Various retortable, high barrier polymeric trays and lidding materials were tested for performance characteristics. Products were formulated and tested for acceptance and long term storage stability. A five day nutritionally complete menu cycle, consisting of 15 meals, was developed. Contracts were awarded to test producibility. A complete packaging system was designed to include an entree, starch or vegetable, and dessert components assembled in an outer compartmented polymeric serving tray. TMT products may be heated by a microwave oven, by hot water submersion, or by an induction type fabric heater. The TMT was successfully field tested by Air Force personnel and specifications were prepared. Potential users include Rail Garrison Crews, Missile Support Crews, Security Forces and Combat Vehicle Crews.

Subject Categories:

  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE