I’m only about 10 years behind on this story that went viral back in 2010.
Apparently someone got wind of the U.S. military’s recipe for brownies, which was, to put it mildly, a bit overboard.
The specifications/recipe run for 26 pages!
Here are some of the highlights:
- Whole eggs may be liquid or frozen and shall have been processed and labeled in accordance with the Regulations Governing the Inspection of Eggs and Egg Products (7 CFR Part 59).”
- brownies should not be cut larger than 3 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches by 5/8 inch, and each brownie should not be less than 46 grams.
- Brownies made according to the Pentagon recipe will last about three years.
- the shortening used “shall have stability of not less than 100 hours as determined by the Active Oxygen Method (AOM) in Method Cd 12-57 of the Commercial Fats and Oils chapter in the Official and Tentative Methods of the American Oil Chemists Society,”
- The moisture content of the uncoated brownie shall be not more than 8.0 percent.
- Nuts, walnuts, shelled. Shelled walnut pieces shall be of the small piece size classification, shall be of a light color, and shall be U.S. No. 1 of the U.S. Standards for Shelled English Walnuts. A minimum of 90 percent, by weight, of the pieces shall pass through a 4/16-inch diameter round hole screen and not more than 1 percent, by weight, shall pass through a 2/16-inch diameter round hole screen. the shelled walnuts shall be coated with an approved food grade antioxidant and shall be of the latest season’s crop.
Jeremy Whitsitt of the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate told NPR there’s good reason for the precision involved in military cooking.
“One thing we like to say is ‘What would happen if you cooked a meal, stored it in a stifling hot warehouse, dropped it out of an airplane, dragged it through the mud, left it out with bugs and vermin, and ate it three years later?'” he said, noting that food made for the military must hold up under such conditions.
If this is the sort of thing that gets you excited, here’s the link to the complete recipe.
I get confused if a recipe has more than two ingredients and more than two steps.
In other words, I’m not a recipe kind of guy. So there’s no way I’d even consider something like this.
I’m quite content with green smoothies, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, and store bought tomato pie (and oreo cookies…)
*image from Bigger Bolder Baking