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Keep or toss: 5 year old tea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I'm cleaning out my pantry, tossing many things which have been there since 2008.

I have several undated boxes of tea. Each 'dose' of tea is individually wrapped.

Keep or Toss?

Thx Mike

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on January 13, 2013
at 07:38 PM

yeah, toss. =-}

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:29 PM

I do this twice a year, it feels so good to free up space and to see the things I never actually use. I agree with tossing the tea - it does get stale tasting, especially if it is a black tea, seems to be easier to tell by taste, some herbal teas just taste like dust to begin with.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:16 PM

thx. i'm not confident in my own buds, and wouldn't want to serve bad tea to guests. I'm gonna toss it.

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on January 12, 2013
at 07:53 PM

did you mean keep or toss?

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E45c5a1c8df73da5e03bb6e7e90f8420

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on January 13, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Toss, individually packaged tea usually has an expiration date of about 2 years from when it is manufactured. Tea can easily grow mold, even if you can't see/smell/taste it. So I would toss it out. Plus, it never feels good to consume something you feel may be old. Time for some new tea, and just make a point to drink it regularly so you don't end up with a cupboard full of old tea again. Also, most tea today has an expiration date on the box.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:18 PM

It's funny: once I started tossing things, it felt soo good, I couldn't stop.

Unless I know I purchased it in the last 6 months, out it went!

It's now time to populate my pantry and fridge with fresh, good, paleo stuff!

Mike

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:29 PM

I do this twice a year, it feels so good to free up space and to see the things I never actually use. I agree with tossing the tea - it does get stale tasting, especially if it is a black tea, seems to be easier to tell by taste, some herbal teas just taste like dust to begin with.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:02 PM

Use one of them and see how it tastes. I don't ever pay attention to dates on coffee or tea, but go with my tastebuds. I buy tea when it goes on sale or clearance and use it until its gone, which can take years.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:16 PM

thx. i'm not confident in my own buds, and wouldn't want to serve bad tea to guests. I'm gonna toss it.

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on January 13, 2013
at 07:55 PM

Toss. Get some fresh stuff, and keep it airtight. Fresh and not expired tastes better and is better for you.

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on January 12, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Might aswell. Good primer for new tea: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/01/about-green-tea/

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on January 12, 2013
at 07:53 PM

did you mean keep or toss?

E44c7c4d2847bf8413071d4f713b55cd

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on January 13, 2013
at 07:38 PM

yeah, toss. =-}

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