Does iced tea go bad (+5 storage tips)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “does iced tea go bad” with an in-depth analysis of the life span of iced tea in different mediums. Moreover, we are going to discuss the easy way to make iced tea and the tips to make your iced tea last longer.

“Iced tea can go bad, correct?” “It can’t keep going forever, it’s a food item all things considered.” “How long does iced tea last and how to tell if it has gone bad?” Your mind must be swarming with all these questions while storing green tea and we are here to answer all your questions.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Does iced tea go bad in the fridge?

Yes, like all the other food items iced tea also goes bad after a certain time. Iced tea lasts for about 8 hours in the fridge according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But honestly speaking iced tea can last for longer than 8 hours when stored properly in the fridge. If it does not have sugar already added to it then it can last for about 3-4 days if kept in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge. 

Does brewed tea go bad?

Yes, like all other food items the brewed tea tends to go bad. The brewed tea without milk can last for about 2-5 days when kept in an air-tight container or jar inside the fridge while it lasts for only 8 hours if kept covered at room temperature. Moreover, it can last for up to 6 months in the freezer.

But if the brewed tea has milk in it, it lasts for about 4 hours at room temperature without going bad. 

How long does unopened bottled iced tea last?

An unopened bottle of iced tea lasts for about 18-24 months when kept in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight.

Moreover, you should always read the labels for the best before date of the bottled iced tea.

How long does opened bottled iced tea last?

An opened bottle of iced tea lasts for about 7-10 days if it is refrigerated continuously by following the proper storage procedures.

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How to make iced tea?

Choose the tea of your choice and add 2 tsp of it into a glass.  Add cold water to it and let it sit there in your refrigerator for 4-6 hours or you can leave it overnight if you are not in a rush. Afterward, take it out of the fridge, add some ice cubes, squeeze some lemon or add sweeteners in it and voila! You have for yourself a glass of refreshing iced tea.

You can read the detailed recipe for iced tea here.

How to make iced tea last longer?

  1. Store your iced tea in an air-tight container or jar on the shelf of the refrigerator. Tea has the general ability to pick up odors so by keeping your iced tea in an air-tight container, you can also save it from picking the smell of other foods present in the fridge.
  2. You should not add sugar to the iced tea as sugar will initiate the fermentation process of the tea and will provide a good medium for the bacteria to grow. It is better if you add the sugar at the time you want to take tea.
  3. It is a simple rule, the fresher the tea leaves are, the fresher will be the iced tea and the longer will be its shelf life.
  4. If you want to have a strong cup of iced tea then you better start with brewing a strong cup of tea and afterward add ice cubes in it. 
  5. You can also try to make the tea cubes by putting the brewed tea in the cubes and use these cubes the next time you want to enjoy a nice cup of iced tea.

How can you tell if iced tea has gone bad?

You can tell whether the iced tea has gone bad or not by noticing its appearance, taste, and smell. If you see off-colors or dull color then it is an indication that your iced tea has gone bad.

If you notice off-smell or the smell of the tea is rather weak then it is the indication that the iced tea is past its prime age.

Moreover, if you feel some odd flavor after taking a little sip of the iced tea then it means that it has gone bad.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “does iced tea go bad” with an in-depth analysis of the life span of iced tea in different mediums. Moreover, we discussed the easy way to make iced tea and the tips to make your iced tea last longer.

Happy tea making!

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/Fooditems/index/19029

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.