I think it is safe to say that I am not prepped.
I have a wife, three kids, and numerous others. We have gotten through the last year by digging into the reserves. So if TEOTWAWKI does happen in 2012....We are well and truly screwed. Have guns. Have ammo. Have plan. Have not food in sufficient quantity. Have not seeds in sufficient quantity. Have not water or ability to filter other than boiling.
My interim plans have included several 50Lb bags of rice and pinto beans. Shopping at BigLots for canned goods, and watching the weekly fliers for deals on canned foods. I am obtaining as $$$ allows. Also stocking pasta, and potato flakes, etc. Wheat and other grains are going to have to wait a bit longer since they will require packaging materials that cost 1.7X the price of the commodity that will be stored inside...
Procure as you can. Package and mark with contents and date. Cycle in 12-24-36 month cycles. Use what you buy, and learn how to prepare it for actual consumption. Two of my party can not handle glutens of any form....Hence the rice and beans as the priority.
BTW. Does anybody have any idea how long the shelf life is for common corn or vegetable oil? I am asking for personal experience here...Kernel? 4th? anyone???
We used to buy these kinds of oil in tins when I was a kid, but I can not find them that way now, except for olive oil. I would really like to know the shelf life for the common types in plastic containers. I can obviously read the labels, but I am looking for the reality. Temp in my AO rarely exceeds 68F.