Jeriah wrote:It seems like there is a huge difference in the problems/solutions for this, depending on whether we're talking about a.) on a bugout, b.) while bugging in, and c.) while at your BOL. (If your residence is rural enough then b. and c. may be the same.)
Bugging in, in an urban area, is the one case where I'd really worry about this. If your neighbors are starving and they smell your cooking, they'll come a knocking. They might even be polite about it at first. But, if their kids are hungry, they'll get more and more insistent. Boiling with a lid may help, but eating cold canned foods might be safest.
I know at lot of this has been said, I mostly just wanted to point out the distinction between situations.
This is me. Bugging In in an urban area. Or Bugging Out with hundreds close by also on the run. (I doubt "I" will go it in the woods alone as I doubt I could effectively do so... even if we had woods) This has been a personal puzzle for me. How to eat when no-one else has food.
So, most of my food supplies that have been prepped can be eaten out of a can or re-hydraded or sprouted and consumed if necessary. No cooking necessarily 'required' for consumption outside of legumes, breads, pastas, and eggs as of this prepping post. For better taste and comfort sure, but not required if that need is there.
For my actual Bug Out I carry four one cup size Ziplock cups (or something like Ziplock) that nest and that have screw on lids and Ziplocks full of powder looking stuff; dehydrated humus, spinach, parsley, oats, curry lentil soup, pea soup, milk, vegetables, potatoes, etc. etc. I have ground those items down to a powder which I hope is easily dipped into and not instantly recognizable as anything appealing or even food at all. Plus teas in tea-bags, instant rice, grits, dried fruit to be soaked and/or re-hydrated before consumption, plus barley, quinoa, wheat berries, lentils to be sprouted in those little cups in the dark of my pack until ready to be eaten.
My own idea, which I have now practiced with success, is place an amount of the powder of my choice in one of my Ziplock cups with screw on lid (or whatever brand they are), add water, and carry it with me (sitting/moving on/being in place for sleeping) until I feel it is re-hydrated enough for best digestion. Then drink it when appropriate to do so surreptitiously or boldly I guess as merely a cup of water for cover maybe. I can down a cup of liquid fairly fast and I hope to pour more water in the cup and quietly swirl repeatedly until it is as clean as I can get it while drinking the wash water.
I have normal size plastic pop bottles for obvious water consumption, with concealed 2 ltr. juice bottles of water for refilling the pop bottle. My olive oil for brain function is carried in two pop bottles identical to the 'water' pop bottles and I can 'drink' what I need of the oil quite easily then re-stash the 'oil' bottle. In a Bug Out I will be carrying no cans of food.
There will be no aroma for sure, hopefully I can do this clandestinely if needed... or boldly if that attracts less attention because everything hopefully looks like 'drinking water' and others still have water at that time and/or maybe not attracted by a singular pop bottle and a little one cup size plastic cup with a lid but rather looking, if looking to "take", could
find this singular plastic cup and bottle not worth their time.
In a Bug Out I will be carrying the individual servings of Spam, peanut butter, and fish which are aromatic upon opening (especially the fish) so I would need to be extra careful if I am on the (metaphorical) road but would not be detectable within my apartment where I will have much larger containers available of course for Bugging In.
This is me so far and recognizably new to this. I will be following this thread for more and/or better information on this topic.
: I wonder if I could grind down the instant rice and instant grits to powder too. I can carry more in the same space if it is in powder form and once again it is not perhaps not so readily identifiable as food and easier to reconstitute. I need to do a test.