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It's the distinct flavours and enticing aromas of different teas that make every brew inviting. Tea blends require proper storage to preserve and retain its rare qualities. What good is an Oolong tea brew without a smoky, nutty aroma or a First Flush Darjeeling tea brew without its floral fragrance and refreshing flavours?

As tea lovers, we have all come across the problem of storing tea to keep them fresh and flavourful. If you are a tea connoisseur and have an undying passion for fresh brews, then every word you are about to read is going to make life a little more delightful for you.

Here’s all you need to consider while storing your teas:

1. Know The Shelf Life-

The shelf life of black loose leaf tea is about 18 months, for tea bags, it is 24 months and for paper bags, it is 2 years. The average shelf life of green loose leaf tea is about 18 months, after this period it slowly begins to fade in flavour. The shelf life of white loose leaf tea is usually a year or so. To best enjoy the brew’s freshness, drink it within six months.

2. Keep It In Dry Places-

Moisture can significantly reduce the lifespan of teas. It’s important to keep them dry and away from excess moisture. Keeping your tea storage free of moisture isn’t as simple as keeping the leaves away from liquids. Tea is hygroscopic. This means that it will absorb moisture from the air. Airtight loose leaf tea storage containers are the simplest way to solve this problem!

3. Store It Away From Light & Heat-

Light and heat can degrade the quality of teas. Avoid storing your tea in places where sunlight reaches. Loose tea should be stored in an airtight ceramic tea storage container or resealable zipper pouches. Place your tea storage box in a dark cabinet to keep the light out, and away from heat radiating appliances like stoves. Glass tea storage jars work too but only if they're stored in a dark cabinet or drawer.

4. Keep It Secluded-

Make sure to keep it away from anything that has a strong odour or flavour. Teas have a way of absorbing the scents and flavours from anything and everything around them. This also makes it important for you to keep different varieties of teas separate. If you are storing them all in one cabinet or drawer; store them separately in airtight containers so they don’t end up catching each other’s scents and flavours.


FAQs


How do you store loose leaf tea?

Moisture can significantly reduce the lifespan of teas. It’s important to keep your teas dry and away from excess moisture. Keeping your tea storage free of moisture isn’t as simple as keeping the leaves away from liquids. Tea is hygroscopic. This means that it will absorb moisture from the air. Airtight loose leaf tea storage containers are the simplest way to block out moisture. Light and heat can degrade the quality of teas. Avoid storing your tea in places where sunlight reaches.

Does loose leaf tea go stale?

No, you can extend the shelf life of your loose tea leaves by storing them properly. When stored well, black tea blends can last up to 3 years without losing most of its flavor. Green tea blends can last up to 18 months. Over time the leaves lose their flavors and aromas, but consuming the tea won't really harm your health.

Is drinking old tea bad for you?

No, if the tea has been stored properly, then it should be okay to consume it even after a long period. The exact shelf life for loose leaf teas varies from blend to blend. When stored well, black tea blends can last up to 3 years without losing most of its flavor. Green tea blends can last up to 18 months. Over time the leaves lose their flavors and aromas, but consuming the tea won't really harm your health.

Can you vacuum seal loose leaf tea?

Yes, you can use a vacuum sealer to extend the shelf life for different tea blends. Although, vacuum-sealed foil bags may not work well for all tea blends. Long leaves that are not curled and rolled can sometimes get crushed under a vacuum. The solution to this is to keep your bags sealed between uses and remove excess air whenever possible.

What can you do with expired loose leaf tea?

Loose tea leaves come in handy even after they have been sitting on the shelf for too long. Here's what you can do with old/used tea leaves:

  • Green tea can help remove the scent of onions, garlic, or other odiferous ingredients from a cutting board or countertop, pots and pans.
  • Dry the used green tea leaves or bags and put them in a small container in your refrigerator. They can absorb refrigerator odors for 3-7 days.
  • Green tea provides an excellent yet gentle way to remove odors from carpets and mats.
  • A strong infusion of Green tea can help reduce foot odor.
  • If you have a bit of leftover green tea in your cup or teapot, simply water your plants with it. The nitrogen and other natural elements can nurture your garden.