What is the best way to store loose tea?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “What is the best way to store loose tea” with an in-depth analysis of the best way to store loose tea. Moreover, we are going to discuss tips to properly store loose tea.

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

What is the best way to store loose tea?

The best way to store an unopened pack of loose tea is to store it in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

On the other hand, once you have opened the pack of loose tea, it is recommended to transfer the leftover loose tea to a dark-colored air-tight container and store it in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

If you are wondering why we are insisting on storing loose tea (dry) at room temperature, then one of the reasons behind this recommendation is that the quality of loose tea can degrade with the fluctuations in temperature. 

Therefore not only should you store loose tea at room temperature but you should also make sure that you are not storing it near a heater or an air-conditioner.

Tips to properly store loose tea

When it comes to the storage conditions, they play a really important role in determining the shelf life of the tea. Therefore you should always store your loose tea properly to preserve its freshness and quality for a long time.

  1. When it comes to the unopened packages of tea, you can store them in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat. It means that you can easily store the unopened box of tea in a dry corner of your pantry or kitchen cabinet.
  1. In the case of the open loose tea, it is recommended to store your tea in an air-tight container or jar and store it in a cool, dry, and dark corner of your pantry or kitchen cabinet to preserve its freshness for a long time. 
  1. You should never store your loose tea in a humid environment as humidity is the enemy of the delicate flavors of tea and it can even spoil your tea (if tea is stored for too long in a humid environment and that too uncovered).
  1. Tea can pick up smells and that is another reason why we advised you to store your open loose tea in an air-tight container. Moreover, you should always try to store your loose tea away from strong-smelling foods like garlic and onion.
  1. UV radiations present in the sunlight can also mess up the delicate flavors of loose tea, therefore it is recommended that once you open your loose tea pack, store the rest of the tea in a tinted or colored air-tight container. The reason behind using a tinted or colored container is that the sunlight won’t be able to penetrate it, thereby the quality of loose tea will be preserved for a long time.
  1. Another thing that you should always remember is to never use a wet spoon to scoop out the loose tea. 
  1. Do not unnecessarily open the lid of the loose tea jar or container and seal it again as soon as possible after scooping out the loose tea that you need.
  1. Another important point regarding the proper storage of loose tea is that you should never store your dry loose tea, irrespective of whether it is green tea or black tea, in the refrigerator. The reason behind this is that the moisture content of the fridge is high and if this moisture finds its way to your loose tea, it will make it stale. Therefore you should never store loose tea in the fridge. 
  1. The same holds the truth for a freezer and freezing the dry loose tea is also not something that we recommend.
  1. As loose tea can absorb odor therefore it is recommended to store loose tea in an air-tight container or resealable plastic zipper bags away from spices and strong-smelling foods.

You can read about different types of tea here.

Is it safe to use loose tea after the “best before” date?

The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the package of loose tea refers to the quality rather than safety so the loose tea doesn’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date.

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality of loose tea but you can still use loose tea that is past this date as long as it was stored properly.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “What is the best way to store loose tea” with an in-depth analysis of the best way to store loose tea. Moreover, we discussed tips to properly store loose tea.

Citations

https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-store-tea-properly-766319

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.