How long can you keep tea bags?
Tea bags are a convenient and popular way to enjoy a cup of tea. But it’s important to know how long tea bags can be stored without losing flavour or quality.
Factors to consider when storing tea bags
The shelf life of tea bags depends on factors such as:
- Type of tea: Green tea and white tea are more sensitive to light and air exposure than black tea and should not be stored for more than a few months.
- Container: Tea must always be stored in an airtight container as oxygen and moisture can degrade the tea. Glass and ceramic containers are great for long-term storage.
- Location of storage: Tea bags should be stored away from sources of heat, light and moisture.
When to throw out tea bags
The general rule of thumb is that tea bags can be stored for up to 6 months. After this, their flavour and quality may start to diminish, so it’s best to dispose of them.
If the tea bags have a pungent odour or become discoloured, this is a sign that moisture has got into them, and they should be discarded.
Making the most out of tea bags
Although tea bags are a convenient way to make tea quickly, they should not be relied on for long-term storage. To make the most of the tea leaves, brew the tea using loose leaves and store those in an airtight container.
Loose-leaf tea can last longer than tea bags, and the flavour may be more intense.
Tea is a wonderful beverage and taking the time to prepare and store it correctly can enhance the experience and make the most of its flavour and aroma.