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Tea Storage - what works, what doesn't?


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Light blockage is important to, isn't it? I think if I didn't need to worry about that, I would be all set. And yes, I'll probably be drinking mostly the durable black teas. At least, that's what I'll drink regularly and buy more of at a time. When I want something different, I can get it in the small opaque zip top bags, then store them "as is" or in a more simple container just to keep them together.

Doesn't look like this needs to be too complicated. Thanks for the link to the small tins, though. From your pics above, it was hard for me to judge the scale/size of the tins.

Jeff Meeker, aka "jsmeeker"

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Light blockage is important to, isn't it? I think if I didn't need to worry about that, I would be all set.  And yes, I'll probably be drinking mostly the durable black teas. At least, that's what I'll drink regularly and buy more of at a time.  When I want something different, I can get it in the small opaque zip top bags, then store them "as is" or in a more simple container just to keep them together.

Doesn't look like this needs to be too complicated. Thanks for the link to the small tins, though.  From your pics above, it was hard for me to judge the scale/size of the tins.

Yes, light blockage is important, but I would not worry about it too much with your flavored black tea. just roll it down as tight as you can. You could put it in a cupboard or a closet if you feel the need, or put it in a large canning jar, but you'll probably use it up sooner rather than later. You'll beat the light to it.

You are right, it is hard to judge the size. I should have posed them with a nickle or some such for comparison. As i noted, they range from 2 - 6 ounce. Actually the largest one would hold about 8 ounces of your black tea. The smallest will hold 2 ounces of your black tea or about 1 1/2 ounce of larger full leafed teas such as many Oolongs (but it would hold 2 ounces of the Oolong you bought at TCC since it is tightly rolled).

It's just not much to worry about. If you do order some from Birdpick, they ship them from California pretty quickly.

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Check out World Market stores for Chinese double-lidded tins on sale at 50% off.

They are located in most states in the US, except for the northeast. I picked up two large ones, roughly 3/4 and 1 lb capacity (maybe larger) for less than $10 for both. Most of these have a small ding in the lid. While I don't store that much of any one tea, I will use them for storing samples and smaller quantities that come vacuum packed or in air/light tight zip bags. They also have smaller ones at a reasonable price.

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Check out World Market stores for Chinese double-lidded tins on sale at 50% off.

They are located in most states in the US, except for the northeast. I picked up two large ones, roughly 3/4 and 1 lb capacity (maybe larger) for less than $10 for both. Most of these have a small ding in the lid. While I don't store that much of any one tea, I will use them for storing samples and smaller quantities that come vacuum packed or in air/light tight zip bags. They also have smaller ones at a reasonable price.

thanks for the heads up. I still have not bought any contianers as I am still working through a lot of small amounts of teas I have in light proof zip top bags. :)

Jeff Meeker, aka "jsmeeker"

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I have been given a tip by a friend and am on the hunt for opaque, black or metallic coated vacuum bags, similar to those used by commercial firms but supposedly available in smaller quantities. So far none of the URLs I was sent have been viable, but I still have a long list to explore.

When I find a source that is reliable, and try the product, I will post my results.

"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

 

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Environmental Factors

1. Temperature

Chemical changes of oxidation and polymerization are closely related to temperature, the higher the temperature the quicker the reactions. It was confirmed that rate of tea browning was increased by 3 to 5 times when temperature is raised by 10 ℃.

2. Moisture

Alimentary scientific theory revealed that components in absolutely dried foods were directly exposed to the air and easily be oxidized by oxygen in the air. When water molecules were aggregated with food components by hydrogen bonding, there formed a single molecular layer, the food seemed to be covered by a protection film. When tea moisture was about 3%, this single molecular protection film was formed. So the lipids in the tea were separated from oxygen in the air and prevented from oxidization by the film. On the contrary, when the moisture content was above this level, the water played a role of solvent instead of a protection film.

3.Oxygen

Oxygen can aggregate with almost every element and form an oxidized product. But oxygen in the air is most commonly found in molecular form and therefore not very active.

4. Illumination

Light itself is a kind of energy. Illumination can increase the energy level of the whole system illuminated and is detrimental to tea storage.

Storage of Bulk Tea

1. Quick Lime storage method

This method is commonly used in storing staples of premium teas such as Longjing Tea, Dongting Biluochun, Huangshan Maofeng. Quick lime is used as a desiccating agent to keep the tea dry and to delay the deterioration of the tea. A sealed pottery container with a big belly but small mouth is usually used.

2. Charcoal Storage Method

This method is commonly used in storing Oolong tea and sometimes Congou Black tea. Its principle and method are almost the same as quick lime storage method. The fully fired charcoal is covered with a fire pan or an earthen basin so that the fire goes out. 100 g of the prepared charcoal is wrapped in a clean cotton cloth and put in a pottery jar or an iron sheet bucket. The jar or bucket is then filled with the tea wrapped in craft paper and sealed up.

3. Vacuum and nitrogen-aerated Packing Method

This is a main storage method of famous teas for recent years, especially small packed famous teas. The tea to be stored is dried for up to three to five percent of moisture content and filled in a bag made of plastic and aluminium compound foil. The bag containing tea is then vacuumed up, refilled with nitrogen gas and then sealed.

Family storage of Tea

1.pottery Jar Storage

Feng Mengzheng described in "Kuai Xue Tang Man Lu" that a big jar with bamboo leaves at the bottom was filled with tea, sealed and placed upside down to prevent gas leaking; the tea would not turn yellow even after summer. For home storage of small quantities of tea nowadays, tea with moisture content less than 6% is wrapped in craft paper and placed inside a pottery jar. Quick lime wrapped in cloth was placed at the center of the tea packages. The quantity of quick lime depends on the quantity of tea.

2. Tin Storage Method

This method is simple and popular. The clean, commercial galvanized iron tin is widely used. To keep dry, a parcel of silica gel is put inside as a desiccating agent.

3. Plastic Bag Storage method

Due to lower cost and easy usage,plastic bags in various assortments are the most popular packing materials for tea nowadays. Storing tea in plastic bags is one of the simplest and most economical methods in home storage. It is important to choose appropriate plastic bag materials. First, plastic bags special for food packing instead of other non-food packing plastic bags should be chosen. Second, the density of the plastic materials should be higher; low-pressure plastics are better than high-pressure ones. Third, its strength should be appropriate and it is better to choose a stronger one. Fourth, it should be free of contaminants and have no holes. It is better to first pack tea with clean soft paper and then into the plastic bags.

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