Here are my few tips to store tea properly.
Ever experienced anticipating a relaxing tea time only to find out that your favorite loose leaf variety had gone stale in its storage container? Oxidation is a continuing process and, when a stocked tea is not properly stored, it can easily loose its flavor and aroma leading to a blah taste in your cup. Apart from such blatant deterioration, it may also prove to be harmful in the long run. So, how to ensure that you’re drinking the best cup each time? To prevent accumulating impurities leading to unfavorable conditions to your favorite drink, here are some surefire tips to store tea the right way.
1. The Darker, The Better
Believe it or not, photodegradation can wreak havoc to your favorite cup. Both dark and light-colored teas can degrade its quality from light-induced reaction. When exposed, it can manifest an icky metallic flavor. Hence, it is wise not to store your loose leaf tea or tea bags in glass or clear jars wherein light can easily permeate inside. Choose tinted airtight jars and keep them in a dark corner or inside cabinets to prevent exposure to the sun or powerful light elements which can bleach out tea flavor and aroma.
This bestselling 250mL ultravioLeaf Airtight Glass Stash Container is a versatile way to store tea even when traveling. Compact and sleek in design, its main power lies on its efficacy in deflecting penetrating light rays. It is also airtight, BPA-free and smellproof.
ultravioLeaf Airtight Glass Stash Container
2. Tight As Can Be
Aside from penetrating light, oxygen or air can also make your tea turn stale or easily go rancid when prepared. Air flow can easily make your tea absorb moisture from the air as well as unpleasant odors. This is why to store tea, make sure that you use containers that are not only odor-free but also with double lidded design. Like loose leaf varieties, tea bags must also be stored in the same airtight containers.
This Luxe Culinaire Tea Bag Storage Box and Organizer, for instance, is made of glossy natural wood complemented with felt-lined interior, magnetic lid, and felt-lined bottom. It can also store big 80mm wide tea bags perfectly.
Luxe Culinaire Tea Bag Storage Box and Organizer
3. Strong Odors Be Gone
Tea leaves easily absorb surrounding odors. This is why you need to make sure that the vessel holding your loose leaf or your tea bags have airtight seal that keeps malodorous scents away including strong musty smells inside kitchen cabinets and condiments. Keep in mind also that some tin cans and plastic containers give out strong disagreeable smell and taste. Try also to organize your tea collection by storing scented/floral teas away from strong/flavored ones.
This Osaka Self-Sealing Airtight Storage Jar (Shitenno-ji) is an excellent choice in tea storage when trying to ward-off strong smell in your abode. It has self-sealing technology that allows release of CO2 build-up without allowing oxygen to get into the container thus, keeping your tea or coffee protected from any impurities. It is also dishwasher-safe.
Osaka Self-Sealing Airtight Storage Jar (Shitenno-ji)
4. Big No To Moisture
Do you know that moisture can easily place an entire batch of tea into nothingness within just a few minutes? Dried tea leaves, even when bagged, can readily absorb air moisture. Tea varieties must be kept as far away as possible from areas near your stove, fridge, dishwasher vent, electric thermos, turbo broiler, and oven. Moisture can cause mold build-up, caking, and staling of tea.
You can vacuum-pack your teas with dark multi-ply bags. This PackMan Mylar Aluminum Foil Stand-Up Airtight Zipper Smell-and-Leak Proof Container provides high-quality Ziploc closure that keeps tea, coffee, herbs, spices, dried fruits, bath salts, potpourri, and other so on free from leak, unpleasant smell or odor, moisture infiltration, and UV ray penetration.
PackMan Mylar Aluminum Foil Stand-Up Airtight Zipper Smell-and-Leak Proof Container
5. Beat The Heat
Tea also easily deteriorates when exposed to heat. Aside from penetrating UV rays, sun exposure also degrades beneficial compounds in teas. Teas must also be kept as far as possible from other heat sources like ovens, stoves, vents, and appliances that give out steam or heat. When exposed, it can eliminate unique flavor and taste of the tea as well as amplify moisture infiltration.
Give your tea breathing space without accumulating moisture by using a ceramic container. The wood and silicone sealing ring ensure that air and moisture are kept out while keeping contents cool and dry– and free from insects.
77L Ceramic Food Storage Jar With Airtight Wooden Seal
Overall, these tips to store tea the right way are focused on keeping your favorite loose leaves and tea bags free from air, moisture, heat and light. Teas can be quite volatile. To enjoy cup after cup of healthy goodness, choose the right storage containers that increase shelf life and preserve quality, flavor, aroma and appearance of your teas.
— tea_addicts (@tea_addicts_org) May 10, 2017