Proper Storage of Opened Tea Once a package of tea has been opened, proper storage is crucial to ensure its freshness. However, unopened tea packages can stay fresh for a considerable amount of time. In fact, if stored in the refrigerator, unopened tea can remain fresh for up to six months after its production date.
If you happen to have opened tea that has absorbed moisture, there’s no need to throw it away. You can transform it into hojicha, a type of roasted tea. Here’s how to make it at home: First, place a sheet of aluminum foil on an electric skillet. Then, set the temperature to 110-120 degrees Celsius. Add some tea leaves and stir them until they turn golden brown. Voila, you have homemade hojicha!
Uses for Old Hojicha
If your hojicha becomes too old to drink, don’t throw it away just yet. You can use it as a deodorizer by placing it in the refrigerator or shoe box. This way, the hojicha can absorb any unpleasant odors and leave your space smelling fresh.