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Tea Recipes and Journal

Tea Recipes and Journal

What's the best way to store tea? The 3 main rules.

Sometimes I'll get the question of 'How should I store my tea to extend its shelf life'? So I thought I would quickly talk about that here.

Tea doesn't like 5 things very much before it's put in a teacup by you, and those things are light, heat, moisture, odor and air.

We're awesome, so of course our resealable packaging you get with our tea takes care of all of these issues. But still, there's much to learn below...

The three main rules are -

  • Store away from sunlight (light and heat)
  • Keep your tea within non clear packaging, or at the very least - a dark jar or the cupboard (light, heat, moisture, air)
  • Keep it sealed (air, moisture)

 

Tea Storage Methods!

The Fridge:

One way some people store tea is in the fridge. This is actually pretty good for the short term if you're going to be drinking it quickly but for longer term you'd probably be better off storing your tea in the cupboard.

Why? One factor can be odor - you don't want green tea with a hint of lamb. Or maybe you do. But most people probably don't.

Another reason is that things in the fridge will gather moisture. Over time and mentioned above, moisture isn't good for tea and will take it out of its dried state.

Every time you open and close the fridge door, this causes fast humidity changes which in turn causes humidity to seep into even some sealed containers, which will degrade the tea.

 

The Freezer:

Some of the above applies to the freezer too, except with the notable addition of a lot more moisture.Tea that has been recently unfrozen will be wet. So unless you want to drink it all at once after unfreezing, you should probably stay away from this option.

The Cupboard:

Probably the most common storage area but with a few considerations to....consider. It's well known that tea will absorb the smells around it and this includes other teas too. How many teas do you have in your cupboard right now? Are some delicate flavours, and are some strong? Placing the strong unpleasant odor or Valerian next to Chamomile for awhile might give you a brand new tea smell that the worlds never seen before. Lets call it Chamerian.

Most of this can be resolved by using airtight containers though, so the only thing to take away from this is try not use a rubber band to seal your clear plastic tea bags in.

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About Toby Gospodarczyk


Toby Gospodarczyk is the founder of Tea Life. With an innate knowledge of Herbal Tea, his main goal is to make available as many teas from around the world as possible and educate on their various unique characteristics and qualities. In his spare time he can be found at the gym, researching tea, or sleeping in past his alarm clock.

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This tea is very tasty and the best Roasted Dandelion I have had in many years. I will be buying again and telling my friends.
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Hi Sally, thanks for your review! We only just got organic certification and only for a few select teas at first as we test the waters (it was quite a long process). We'll work on expanding that more this 2020 as budget allows.
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My family asked me for ideas of what to buy me for Christmas and I gave them the link for Tea Life. They bought me this teapot and I absolutely love it!!! I've used it every day since Christmas and it's my new favourite thing!
It's so easy to clean and I love that the strainer goes right to the bottom (instead of sitting on top like most other teapots) which means you don't have to fill right to the top just for one cup of tea. I also love the glass design so it always looks clean and you can see the colour of your tea to let you know when it's just right to your liking (especially good when you're brewing lovely colourful teas like the blue peaflower or hibiscus.... or a beautiful combination of the two... mmm, purple tea). Most happy with my gorgeous little teapot - thank you!
There's everything to love about this business - organic, Australian, yummy, medicinal teas, fabulous accessories, amazing customer service - you're doing everything right Toby - congratulations :))

Hi Jill, Thank you for pointing out all the things about this cup that helped us decide to stock it! Actually to be honest we got lucky on a few things and only found out some other good points after they came in. :) I'm glad you're happy with that and we'll work on expanding the range a bit further this 2020.

A brew that gets better the longer it sits
I put it in a pot and the first brew was bitter and had a standard silver needle flavour with a bit of a floral fruity taste.
And after a second brew with the same flower it was much smoother and fruitier and the flavour really came out. Very nice tea.

Hi Casey, thank you for your review! If you haven't, try the fruit infused blooming teas as they're part of our newest blooming range.
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A beautifully fragrant tea with so many benefits. Really enjoyable.

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I wanted a healthier version of my favourite bubble tea and my lychee black is delicious. Will defiantly order from here again.

Hi Mariah, you'll do very well to switch from bubble tea as that isn't too healthy! Although really yummy. Thank you for your review, much appreciated :)