How many times can you steep tea leaves
How do you guys store your tea when you are re-brewing it? Is it safe to leave in a metal tea ball? Do you “rinse” it with the hot water before brewing it? I’ve used my tea maybe twice but I’m not sure about using it for as long as people say – will it go bad? Is mold an issue? :|
I leave mine in the infuser and just start again with more water when I get back to it. Typically I will trust a tea for a day or maybe two, but if I ever see or smell anything funky I toss it all and start over fresh. The only time I’ve seen mold on my tea was when the beau left a pot of green tea for a week. Even that wasn’t as bad as I expected. There was some scouring though!
Interesting conversation. Maybe the quality of tea I use is mediocre but I don’t think so (I will order from adagio, sometimes pick up something local at whole foods or at a specialized tea / coffee store.) My first infusion of my tea is usually by far the most full bodied and then the remaining are more as expected – more watery, less rich, perhaps a bit bitter. My favorites include genmai cha (good once, maybe a second time) and rose hips (herbal, I know, but that can be steeped again) and most green teas I have do not resteep well.
For storage, tea must be removed within a day or two. Put it in the fridge if you’re lazy to clean. But if you leave it out (and occasionally I’ve forgotten), mold will definitely be an issue. Was able to rinse out very well with hot water and some soft sponge scouring. Use vinegar if needed.