When you store your tea right, you can keep it fresh and aromatic for a long time. Here is our guide on how you can best store your Uzuma tea.
Fortunately, tea does not go bad easily. But when not stored properly, it can lose its flavour and become stale. Loose leaf tea is particularly sensitive when it comes to storage due to how delicate and fresh it is.
Before storing your tea, understand that shelf life and storage method will vary based on the type of tea you have. Heavily oxidised black teas are normally less picky, and can be stored for some time. More delicate teas like our Uzuma Mangata green tea, however, can lose their flavour and freshness quicker if not stored right. No matter what type of you tea you enjoy, whether it’s yellow tea, black tea, green tea, loose leaf tea, or tea in tea bags, here are some tips on how to store it.
Excessive temperature is one factor that can quickly spoil your tea. If you store your Uzuma teas in the kitchen, make sure that you keep them away from heat sources like ovens, stoves, and radiators. The top of your refrigerator is also a bad idea since there is the risk of moisture building up. You should also not store your teas in direct sun or close to strong lights. The best place to store tea is normally inside a dark cabinet.
Some teas are especially sensitive to heat and can spoil even at room temperature. You can keep delicate teas such as white teas, oolongs, and many types of green tea in your freezer at below 0°C if you want to keep them fresh for a long time. You can also put them in the fridge for shorter-term storage, but the high moisture content can risk spoiling your leaves if not stored correctly.
Just as with dried herbs, spices, and other types of foods, moisture is bad for your tea and can ruin its integrity. This is the reason why you should always keep it away from humid areas. Don’t store your teas near your dishwasher, under your kitchen sink, or in the cabinet right above your water heater. All these locations can have very high humidity.
Although the moisture in your fridge is bad for storing certain types of teas, the freezer is normally less of a problem. The freezing temperatures condense the moisture and turn it into ice, which means that it is very dry in the freezer. This is beneficial when you want to store delicate varieties such as green tea.
When you prepare your green tea for the freezer, you should always put it in resealable freezer bags where you can press the air out before you seal them up. Why? Because this prevents the air in the bag from condensing into water droplets that could spoil your tea. If you want to get really “pro” about storing your Uzuma tea in the freezer for a long time, it can be a good idea to invest in a vacuum sealer for your freezer bags.
When at last you take out your sealed and bagged tea from the freezer, don’t open it right away. Wait about 10 minutes until your tea has warmed up a bit to almost room temperature. If you do it this way, your tea will absorb less moisture from the air when you open the bag.
Just like heat, oxygen, and moisture can spoil your tea or degrade its quality, so does light. When tea is exposed to light, this can lead to a chemical reaction in the leaves that gives your tea a metallic flavour. Because of this, you should always keep your tea away from light, perhaps in a tin can with a lid inside of a dark cabinet. Tin tea cans have other benefits that help keep your tea fresh. They don’t just keep light away, but are normally also airtight and have a neutral flavour. This is why tea merchants and tea drinkers have been using them for centuries.
As with many types of dried food, tea leaves absorb the scents of their surroundings. This is how tea can get the flavour and aroma of fruits, flowers, or essential oils. While this is a welcome characteristic of tea, it can be quite bad for storing since the leaves can also absorb unpleasant odours. As such, you should always store your tea away from strong smells.
Don’t store tea together with other aromatic food items such as coffee or spices. The above mentioned lidded tin tea cans are a great solution. Some types of containers such as wooden containers and many plastic containers often absorb smells, which makes them rather bad for storing tea. Likewise, containers with rubber seals are not recommended either. Rubber is prone to absorb bad smells, which you don’t want in your brew.
If you have a good amount of teas that you want to store—something that isn’t too unusual for most tea aficionados—you should always keep them together. The more teas you store in a place such as a cabinet, the less space you allow for oxygen. If you huddle all your teas in one suitable area, there isn’t much for your tea to absorb besides, well, the flavour of your tea. This is also why tea collectors, especially those who like delicate varieties, often pack their closets all the way full with tea. If you do this, there will only be the delightful smell of tea around.
Whether you enjoy the refreshing taste of Uzuma Mangata tea, which is made from green tea, or the bolder black tea contained in Uzuma Meraki tea, with our guide you will be able to store your tea for a long time. When stored properly, you can keep your tea aromatic and fresh for many months.