7 Ways to Mask Food Aromas in a Critical Emergency
by Tess Pennington
Scenario: It’s been 20 days since the blackout and 3 days since you have eaten. All the store shelves have been cleared out and there is no sign of recovery. The lucky ones already made their way out of the city, but there are some who decided to stay in the neighborhood. After your daily dumpster diving for food and supplies, you are walking past an apartment complex and smell a delicious aroma. Could it be the smell of stew making its way out of the window of the abandoned apartment complex? At this point, you have nothing to lose and your sole thought is on survival. What would you do?
Our Smells Will Give Us Away
As nice as it is to have a fully stocked food pantry, in the beginning of a massive disaster (economic collapse, nuclear or EMP attack, pandemic, massive grid failure, etc.), we must carefully choose the types of foods to eat in order to conceal our whereabouts. Generally speaking, most people have a three-day supply of food in their home. After that is when the crazy begins. Remember, you want to use or preserve all the contents in your refrigerator and freezer before you begin using your food stores. Once it is time to use your larder, be thoughtful about which foods you consume.
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Densely Populated Areas Will Be Most At Risk
If you decided to hunker down and bug in place, ensure that you have all supplies stored and ready to go. Plan to keep a very low profile and to stay indoors. Further, invest in blackout curtains to conceal any light that may emit from your home. Never under estimate the desperateness of the unprepared; they will want what you have. Take steps now to learn how to conceal aromas and learn which ways you can prepare food indoors to protect you location.
To maintain a level of discretion, you may want to look into these tips:
2. Cook on the down low. Plan to prepare and cook food in the early morning or late at night when a majority of people are sleeping.
3. Stock up on MRE’s. These are self-contained meals that will not require long preparation times.
4. Have meals with quick prep times. Prepare meals ahead and can them for quick preparation such as beans, soups and stews. This will cut down on fuel and keep the smell of food down to a minimum.
5. Go easy on the spices. As much as we love to add spices to our meals, they will bring added aromas to your food and inevitably could be your worst enemy.
6. Eat foods that are already prepared and are shelf stable. Shelf-stable foods is another solution to cut down on strong aromas.
7. Use a thermal cooker. This is an insulated crock pot that will allow you use minimal fuel to heat the food and also help insulate the aromas that the food gives off.
In the aftermath of disasters, the main objective of the unprepared is to find food and water. Dumpster diving, rummaging through homes and foraging will become a norm for those trying to meet their survival need. During this time, you must be discreet in your food preparations until the recovery period or the die off begins.
Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years.