Storing tea, tea longevity, freshness etc.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 08:52 AM
I'm baffled by loose tea. How significant and rapid is the deterioration when it's exposed to air? Will vacuum packing (e.g. with one of those machines that vacuum packs and seals in your kitchen) preserve freshness? Would freezing make a big difference? Also.... does one simply rely on the integrity of the vendor or the assumption that they have plenty of product turnover to ensure that the freshest possible product is being purchased>
Sorry if this seems rather elmentary to you tea aficionados but many of us are clueless about this and in need of some educating.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 09:00 AM
i've never frozen tea before though.
Posted 03 December 2003 - 11:35 AM
2. If you are considering freezing, remove as much air from the package. Then when you need to get some tea out of the bulk package, take a bit out and put the remainder right back in the freezer. If you leave it out, moisture will be created as the tea "thaws" at room temperature.
3. Proper storage at room temperature is generally considered to be in as small a container as possible, to prevent air in the container from deadening the tea leaves, an opaque-at-least container to prevent deterioration from light, a tight seal to prevent air creeping in, and a dark cabinet or at least away from any heat source. Air, light, heat and moisture are all elements that degrade tea.
Some of the vendors listed above use those new zip-lock type of bags, while others will ship in tins.