Packaged tea, loose tea and powdered tea mix can last between 6 months to a year when stored in the pantry and can last for 1 to 2 years past the printed expiration date when stored in the freezer. Tea that has been steeped or prepared should be consumed in 3 to 5 days when stored in the refrigerator and can last for 6 to 8 months when stored in the freezer.Continue Reading
Tea is made by steeping the cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, a shrub that is endemic to the Asian region. It is the second most consumed beverage in the world next only to water. There are several classifications of teas and they are categorized according to the process in which they are prepared. These classifications include white tea, yellow tea, oolong tea and black tea.
Tea is considered to have gone bad once the aroma of the leaves have become bland. This means that the oils that give the tea its flavor and aroma have evaporated. Once this happens, adding more of the tea that has "gone bad" may still be able to yield a serving or two of tea. The shelf life of tea can be extended by storing the unprepared tea in the freezer as this will help delay the evaporation of the natural oil in the tea leaves.Learn more about Coffee & Tea
Tea has its own expiration date, like other beverages, and because of this tea can become expired, losing its natural aroma and taste as the natural oils in the tea leaves evaporate with time. When stored properly in a freezer, tea can last up to 2 years past its expiration date.Full Answer >
To make Russian spice tea, combine 2 cups of orange drink mix, 2 cups of white sugar, 1/4 cup of instant tea powder, 3/4 cup of instant lemon tea powder, and 1 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cloves. Serve by mixing 3 teaspoons into 1 cup of boiling water.Full Answer >
To make chai tea mix, combine coriander, allspice berries, star anise, dried orange peel and cloves along with cinnamon and cardamom. Store the mix alongside Darjeeling tea in separate containers, and combine them upon serving.Full Answer >
To make spiced tea mix, combine 2 21.1-ounce cans of powdered Tang or orange breakfast drink mix, 1 cup of sugar, 5 ounces powdered, sweetened lemonade drink mix, 3 ounces unsweetened instant tea, 2 1/4 cups red-hot candies and 2 teaspoons each dry cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. To serve, add 4 tablespoons of the mixture to 1 cup boiling water, and stir until the mix is dissolved.Full Answer >