The Best Ways to Store Green Tea

My favorite canister for storing tea.

My favorite canister for storing tea.

I’m excited to share my latest bit of green tea information with you!

I’ve known for a long time that the best way to store tea, any type of tea, is in an opaque container with an air-tight seal. Tea degrades with exposure to air and light, which diminishes the vitamin and mineral content. Since tea is such a magnificent source of health benefits – and it tastes best when it’s fresh – I’m really a proponent of proper storage. In an opaque, sealed container, I can keep tea fresh for more than a year. Now, I have new advice on how to preserve the fresh, green color of my green teas!

Every year, we host an International student for a week or two before they move into the university dorms. It’s such a wonderful experience for us and we’re able to help smooth the transition of culture shock into America. This year, we are hosting Steven. He’s originally from Shanghai and has been living in Madagascar for a few years. He brought us some green tea from China – really, could there be a more appropriate gift for me? – and explained how it’s brewed. The tea was nicely packed in a foil bag within a box that was nested in a larger box. Since I wanted to preserve the freshness, I told him I’d wait another day before I opened the package because I needed to wash one of my canisters. I pointed to my shelf of green tea canisters behind him. He then explained that it’s best to keep green tea in the refrigerator to lock in the green color when it’s brewed. This was news to me. Even though my tea smells great and tastes great, my older teas definitely have a yellowish cast to them.

I’m really excited to see how this works. I opened the gift tea this afternoon and brewed a pot. It’s a gorgeous green color in the cup. I transferred the tea into a sealed container, wrote the name, best water temperature, brew time, and the date I opened the package on the canister, and made space for it in the fridge. Let The Great Refrigerated Tea Experiment begin!

Has anyone out there been told to refrigerate their green tea? It’s news to me and I’ve read a lot of books on the topic. If you do, how does this work for you? I’m thinking I may have to buy a larger refrigerator if I’m going to store all my tea PLUS my food in there. *grin*

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10 comments to The Best Ways to Store Green Tea

  • Steph

    A bigger frig was the first thought I had, too! 🙂 I haven’t heard that before, but it makes sense.

  • I guess I just have to figure out which is more important: tea or food. I’ll organize my fridge accordingly. *grin*

  • I know that Chinese people like to refrigerate tea but it’s not a very scientific approach. The factories say refrigeration extends shelf life but only slightly. Tea lovers here in America say that the problem with refrigeration is the temperature changes and the moisture variations that go with it. It’s messing with the moisture content of the tea and that can be harder on its freshness and quality than is really worth it. I suspect the Chinese just think having a refrigerator is pretty cool and is a mark of prosperity. For those of us who always had one, it’s apparently not best for tea. –Teaternity

  • Interesting. I’m conducting an experiment as we speak. I have a new tea that I’ve split in two containers that are exactly the same. I’m keeping one in the fridge and the other on my shelf. I’ll see if one preserves better than the other — if I don’t drink it too soon. *grin* I’ll report back in a few months.

    Breathe deeply,
    Laugh with abandon,
    Love wholly,
    Eat well.

    MiLady Carol

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