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Tea will last a reasonably lengthy amount of time, if you store it properly? Black Tea, because it is fully fermented, can last approximately 2 - 3 years. Some teas, such as white teas, are best used within a 6 month time period.
The longest shelf life, over 10 years, are fermented teas. Teas do age, and the flavour and aroma can fade, so the proper storage of them is important. Loose leaf teas have longer expirations dates than tea bags. Typically, sealed packages of tea can last from 1 - 3 years.
Store your teas away from sunlight, heat and moisture. Avoid storing in a basement or cellar. You can store tea in the fridge or at room temperature. If you decide to store your tea in the fridge, ensure they are in vacuum-sealed packaging.
Ideally, store in a dry, dark space where the temperature is consistent and not near other odours.
Always ensure the pouches or packages are sealed. Refrain from opening frequently. Use a dry spoon to scoop your tea leaves.
Tea easily and quickly absorbs other odors which will spoil the quality and taste.
Whichever tea vessel you choose for storage, ensure it is opaque, and not transparent. The tea can lose its flavour, become discoloured and taste bitter.
If you store your tea leaves in the fridge or freezer, which is okay, vacuum sealing it will remove the oxygen, which prevents moisture build-up. You want to store your precious, costly loose-leaf teas properly.
An airtight container, preserves flavour. Just as your coffee beans and spices can lose their delicate flavours and aromas, so can your tea leaves or tea bags.
How do you store your teas?
Do you prefer stainless steel, mason jars, or opaque tins?
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