One of the things we have to learn when we started buying loose leaf tea is proper storage. We'll be honest, we weren't good at tea storage at first. But we've picked up many things along the way and we'd like to share them with you.
Here are some tea storage tips to keep your tea stash fresh longer.
1. Store Your Leaves in an Airtight Container
This is the #1 tip on tea storage you will ever receive. And for a while, we thought this is enough. If it doesn't take a long time for you to finish your stash of tea, you'll probably get by just following this tip.
However, if your stock stays with you for months, then you'd have to take better care of it.
Choosing Your Tea Storage
Seal and material are important factors to consider when looking for the perfect tea container. Resealable multi-ply bags, double lids, and metal canisters or silicone seals are all great choices. If a container can keep water out, it can keep air out too.
For the material, it should be food-safe and odor-free. If you're getting a plastic container, make sue it's made of non-leaching plastic. For tins should be made of non-reactive metals. Opaque bags are also commonly used for storing teas. Be careful when using a wooden container as it may affect the flavor of your tea.
Keeping air away from your tea goes beyond having an airtight container. It should be the right size, too. A half-filled bag or tin means there's still room for oxygen in the container. When filling a container, shake it gently until your leaves have settled and continue filling it until there's no more space.
2. Protect Your Stash From Light
The only time you have to worry about this is when you're storing your tea in a transparent container. If that's the case, make sure to keep the container in a dark cabinet. If your tea came in a clear plastic pouch, think about changing its container, especially if you don't have a place to keep it away from light.
3. Keep Tea Away from Heat
Heat accelerates oxidation, which then speeds up the tea degradation process. Exposure to heat also increases the possibility of moisture getting into your tea container. Choose a storage location that's far from your oven or stove.
4. Prevent Moisture from Getting into Your Container
When talking about moisture, remember that it's not as simple as storing your tea in a dry place and away from liquids. Tea also absorbs moisture from the air. Make sure to store your tea far from your oven or stove.
5. Keep Tea Away from Strong Odors
Tea absorbs odor really well. On one hand, this is a great characteristic as we're all able to enjoy scented teas. On the other hand, it could also absorb unpleasant odors, making tea storage a bit trickier. As mentioned earlier, a good tea container must be odor-free. In addition, it's best NOT to store your tea in the kitchen or basement, as these are the parts of the house that often has strong odors.
Improper tea storage could accelerate degradation and no one wants good tea to be put to waste. Keep yours fresh longer with these easy-to-follow tips!
Have a tea storage tip you'd like to share with us? Leave it in the comments or send us a short note and we'd share it with the rest of the tea tribe!