How Long Does Tea Last in The Fridge?
Tea is a tropical plant, with origins from China, Japan and Korea, as well as other countries in South East Asia, that is now consumed throughout the world. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and is a healthy option consumed daily by millions. But have you ever wondered just how long tea can last in your fridge?
Short Term Refrigeration
If you choose to refrigerate tea, it is recommended to consume within 1-2 days. The antioxidants in tea can break down quickly when stored in the fridge.
- Do: Store tea in an opaque and airtight container.
- Don’t: Store tea in a clear container, or uncovered.
Long Term Refrigeration
If you are intending to store tea for a longer period, freeze it. Depending on how long you freeze tea, some compounds such as tannins and caffeine may degrade, resulting in less flavor and fewer health benefits. But freezing tea does keep bacteria and mold away, so you can store it for a long time.
Effects of Long Term Refrigeration
When tea is stored for a long time in the fridge, the following can occur:
- A change in taste and color
- Decrease of antioxidant levels
- Decrease of vitamin and mineral content
- Increase of bacteria and mold
The best way to make sure that your tea remains safe and of the highest quality for the longest time is to store it in a cool and dry place. With proper storage, tea can easily last for 6-12 months before it begins to lose its flavor and healthy compounds.