How to store & Vacuum seal Loose Leaf Tea

Do you live for your morning cup of tea? perhaps it’s that soothing cup of green tea before bed? do you own a café? If you said yes, then this blog about tea leaf storage is a must-read.

Vacuum sealing is a great way to save money in the kitchen and boost the shelf life of food as the airtight packaging keeps the moisture out. And good news – this applies to your favourite tea leaves as well! Vacuum sealing is a great way to ensure that the tea leaves are safe for a long time. However, this method can only be used for strong leaves. Vacuum sealing a delicate leaf will crush it! This is why ball-style wulongs are a perfect candidate for vacuum sealing.

Vacuum Seal Tea Leaves: A Step-By-Step Guide 

At Pac Food, we are proud to be known as an industry leader when it comes to vacuum sealing machines and bags. 

Both of our domestic machines – the VS 105 and the VS 603 – can be used to vacuum seal your tea leaves. 

Step 1: Preparation. 

The first step is to decide how you want your tea leaves stored, either loose-leaf or in pre-made bags. 

If you decide on the later, prepare your tea bags as normal (skip this step if teabags are store-bought)

Here’s the equipment you’ll need to complete the vacuum sealing process: 

Your preferred vacuum sealing machine, and Microchannel vacuum sealing bags or create customised bags with a microchannel roll.  

Step 2: Fill Bag. 

Place your bag on the scales and fill it with tea leaves. That way you can take note of the weight prior to sealing. 

Expert tip: Do not pack the bag to the brim as you’ll need 1-2 inches of space at the top to vacuum seal it. 

Step 3: Vacuum Sealing Time! 

Now you’re ready to vacuum seal, simply place the open end of the bag on the heat-sealing section of the machine and hit start!

How Long Does Vacuum Packed Tea Last 

Tea Leaves typically last about 4-8 weeks at room temperature in traditional storage. 

However, vacuum sealing them increases their shelf life significantly and you can expect to get about 16 months if sealed correctly. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re a restaurant or café owner, or a tea aficionado, we can help you boost the shelf life of your tea. 

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