To fridge or not to fridge matcha?
I noticed recommendations to refrigerate high quality greens but I also know about condensation and the negative effects of taking tea in and out of the fridge.
Your thoughts, matcha lovers?
Air tight tin – no fridge – just my opinion
I out matcha in the fridge in an airtight tin, but not any other teas. My Japanese neighbor keeps even her Sencha in the fridge, and has some in the freezer as well, I believe. Perhaps that is because her sister sends it to her from Japan and she sends a lot at a time?
my matcha goes into an air tight tin which goes in a bag then i press out as much air as possible, then into the freezer it goes.
If it’s a finer Matcha- FRIDGE for sure! Coarser- Air tight tin. The textures in the molecules make a huge diffrence in taste once prepared.
if i put it in the fridge….how do you prevent condensation or whatever it is that is supposed to negatively affect the tea when taken in and out daily? or is there no negative effect?
If the tin is airtight I didn’t think there could be condensation, or not much anyway. But my fridge has a moisture control drawer so I set it to the driest setting. I read that you should let your matcha come to room temperature if you are going to traditionally whisk it. I make cold lattes so I don’t, but if the tin is only out of the fridge really briefly it shouldn’t change temp enough to worry about. Just my thoughts, and it isn’t necessarily accurate.
You would collect condensation every time you take the tea out of the fridge to use it. The cold surface of the tea will attract moisture from the air.
I keep mine in the foil packages, in tupperware, in the freezer.
I keep mine in the freezer, as this was the advice I got way back when I started drinking it. As long as you just pull it out for the few minutes it takes to scoop, there’s no condensation that occurs.
Mine isn’t in the fridge but I also don’t value it too highly so am not fussed about it;s condition. When it’s gone it won’t be replaced (the beau is slowly drinking it down, thank heavens! :D)
My matchas are in tins. I rather make sure they are out in the open for me to remember to drink!
I’m a little worried to put mine in the fridge regarding picking up fridgy smells. I don’t want my matcha tasting like bacon. Or do I?
Maybe just a couple haha.
I have mine in a nice shoebox that I think was meant for holding photos inside tins or their clipped shut bags so they hopefully can’t pick up anything. I haven’t tasted anything weird to them so I would think it works! And you can keep baking soda in there too to absorb smells instead of your food.
If you drink matcha regularly you can get away with just storing it in the tin, it won’t degrade before you finish it. In my experience, it can easily last over a month without degrading.