Keep loose leaf tea in a dry and cool area. Your kitchen cabinet is a suitable place to store your tea. Don’t store your loose leaf tea in the refrigerator or freezer, as this will produce moisture and prematurely age your tea. Loose leaf tea absorbs odors too.
How to Store Loose Leaf Tea
When you open your tea bags or tea bags the leaves are usually not completely open. If you remove them from the tea bags and place them into your tea infuser, you will want to rinse the leaves from the teabag before adding them to your infuser.
Do not put your wet leaves into your tea infuser, this will cause the tea leaves to mold and you will lose all of the flavors. After removing the leaves from the teabag, rinse them in warm water. You want your tea to be able to breathe.
How to Store Herbal Tea
Teapots and their covers should be stored with the cork or gasket in place to prevent condensation build-up. When using the pot, boil enough water to cover the teapot and stir continuously with the wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Use a tea strainer to remove leaves and any bits of tea. It is advisable not to use a tea filter if you plan to re-use your teapot.
Telling Time: Let your herbs steep for 1-3 minutes.
The drying time is 6-9 hours. Just make sure to keep the leaf area dry.
How to Store Tea Bags in The Freezer
You can store herbal tea in a bag in the freezer.
Just use it as a tea base for your iced tea
Brewing Loose Leaf Tea
Loose leaf tea contains small tea leaf fragments that when heated for too long develop into the skin that clogs the pores of the pot. This can lead to the tea brewing to the bottom of the pot. To avoid this, boil the water for a minute and then add the tea leaves. Wait to stir the tea leaves into the water until they have cooled. Stir constantly with the wooden spoon until they have boiled.
Cleaning Your tea Pot
Make sure your teapot or other equipment is clean and sanitized before use. Use a match to strike a match and strike it again on the teapot’s saucer to avoid burns.
How to Use Your Tea Pot
Choose a pot that is large enough to contain loose leaf tea. A vessel of about 2 to 3 inches is optimal. When brewing a cup of tea, never leave the teapot unattended. Stand the teapot over a kettle of water and gently begin to pour the tea over the water while turning it over slowly, as if pouring the tea in a “churning” motion. The tea should rise in the water.
Steps to Making a Perfect Cup of Tea:
- Boil water in a small pot. Add 5 to 7 grams of loose tea and let the water boil for 10 to 20 minutes. Boiling should be used to extract the most flavor and color from tea.
- Add sugar to taste, if desired.
- That’s it! Drink and enjoy…
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