Loose tea – storage tips and how much to keep
Because loose tea is basically a non-perishable food item, you have plenty of options when it comes to storage. However, the way you store your tea can significantly affect its shelf life and freshness. The basic rules to loose tea storage are as follows:
Minimize the exposure to light – Tea should not be directly exposed to light, so avoid glass or any other type of transparent materials.
Avoid exposure to moisture – Store your tea in a relatively cool and dry place. This is especially important if you live in a warm, humid climate.
Avoid exposure to air – Exposure to air is your number one enemy when it comes to maintaining freshness. A stand-up resealable pouch or a tin canister with an air-tight lid will be sufficient.
Keep away from foods with strong odors – Tea will absorb flavors and aromas from surrounding foods and spices, so as long as you keep your tea in an air-tight container, you should be fine.
Maintain a moderate tea inventory – This may not be a standard rule, but it is one of mine. Why spend lots of money on a lot of tea that will ultimately go stale because you aren’t going through it fast enough? Unless you drink a lot of tea on a daily basis, we don’t recommend you purchase more than 2-4 oz at a time, which is enough for 25-50 servings. If you are buying your tea from the mall, watch out for those crafty salespeople, who will have you walking out of the store with 6 months worth of tea!
By the way, if you do buy your tea from the mall, you may be surprised to learn that quality and freshness are not their top priorities. I recommend you read https://www.teajo.com/about_our_tea.php, and then ask the tea salespeople at the mall if their tea follows the same standards. Sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for!