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You Should Never Store Your Tea Here

A cup of tea sits among tea leaves and a mortar and pestle.
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If you’re a tea lover, you likely have a collection of different varieties stashed in your kitchen. But are you storing them correctly?

According to Kyle Stewart, co-owner of The Cultured Cup and certified tea specialist, there’s one place you should never put your tea and that’s the fridge, as it’s highly likely it will absorb any odors that might already be lingering there.

“Tea leaves are dry, meaning they’ve lost 97% of their moisture,” Stewart said. “As a result, they are susceptible to absorbing moisture and strong aromas.”

Whether you drink herbal, green, or something more adventurous, like hibiscus, you need to keep your teas away from odors. This is why it’s a good idea to store your bags or loose leaves in a sealed, airtight container.

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Even then, however, Nadia De La Vega, director of tea content and sustainability at DavidsTea, advises keeping them away from condiments and strong spices.

This is particularly important as your pantry and cabinets might be the best place to store your tea containers. Stewart explained that tea can absorb sunlight and cause leaf damage, which can affect the flavor and health benefits of your tea. So, the best storage spot is somewhere that’s dark and cool.

Now that you know where to store your tea, follow these tips to brew the perfect cup every time.

[Via Well + Good]

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