How long does a tea bag stay fresh? How Long Does Tea Last For? The good news is that tea generally stays fresh for quite some time – around three to four months when stored in a bag and up to a year when stored in a tin or other airtight container.

How do I store tea bags long term? The best way to store tea bags long-term is to put them in airtight containers made of metal, ceramic, or glass. Tightly close the containers and put them in a dark, dry place. Keep temperatures between 60° to 80° Fahrenheit (15.5° to 26.6° Celsius). Avoid direct light, moisture, and strong odors.

Can you store tea bags in a Ziplock bag? Zip-lock style foil bags lined with plastic (like the ones we sell our tea in) are also good, and have the advantage that you can press out excess air before you re-seal the zip closure. If you really like to use glass jars for your tea, please keep them in a dark cupboard.

How do you store opened tea bags? 

Open your box of loose tea bags and set them in a sturdy container that can be secured tightly.

Arrange the loose bags in an airtight container to seal in flavor.

  1. Check to make sure you can close the lid securely.
  2. Clear jars will absorb light directly, and make your tea less fresh.


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How long does a tea bag stay fresh? – Additional Questions

Is it OK to refrigerate tea bags?

Should you store tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer? Storing tea bags in the fridge or freezer is not recommended, since condensation can result, which will harm the taste and flavor of the tea.

How long do tea bags last once opened?

How Long Does Tea Last
Tea bags (unpened or opened) Best by + 6 – 12 months
Loose leaf tea (unopened or opened) Best by + 6 – 12 months

Do tea bags need to be stored in an airtight container?

Keep it airtight

With exposure to air, or more importantly to oxygen, tea leaves will continue to oxidise. You therefore want to limit this as far as possible. An airtight container is therefore recommended, and even better a full one.

Can tea bags be stored in plastic containers?

If you buy tea bags, keep them in their original box or store them in a plastic container or bin. Loose tea should be stored in an airtight container made of ceramic or tin to keep the light out; glass jars are OK if they’re stored in a dark cupboard or drawer.

How do you store tea bags without being wrapped?

If your tea does not come in individually-wrapped (with aluminum or some other air-proof packaging), treat it as loose leaf tea and place it in a light-blocking container with a tight-fitting lid.

Can I store tea bags in a Mason jar?

A favorite for so many projects, mason jars are a great airtight option to store your tea bags. You can add labels and decorations if you want to spruce them up and they can easily be personalized and changed.

What is the best material to store tea?

Aluminium is generally acknowledged as the best material to use. Just make sure whatever you choose is suitable for food storage. The perfect, airtight tea canister will keep your tea fresh for up to a year.

What is the proper way to store tea?

Don’t let tea breathe: The more tea is exposed to oxygen, the higher the chance it will absorb odor and moisture from the air around it. Therefore it’s best to store tea in an airtight, non-plastic, opaque container. Glass, tin or aluminum containers are best.

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