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Old 03-04-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
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Does Loose Leaf Tea Go Bad?

When I lived in Texas I used to buy a particular orange spice loose leaf tea from a cute little tea shop in Grapevine. While I was cleaning out my cabinets I found a little bag with just a little bit left. The good news is: now I have the name of the company and can order it online. I am wondering, though, is the tea in the bag still good - it is at least 10 years old! (okay, this is embarrassing!) It is in a plastic lined paper bag.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:45 AM   #2
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LOL :)

tea (like anything else) will oxidise in time, Sip-it-n-see :)
it won`t harm you, and if it was closed there shouldn`t be any pathogens there.

10 YEARS! ROFLOL
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:59 AM   #3
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I would think it just would be pretty flavorless after that much time. I doubt it would hurt you, but it probably would not be worth the effort to brew it.
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it May still work with Rice and brown Sugar in a smoker Wok though :)


or if you grow Roses or Blue Berries, sprinkle it around the soil there.
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:50 AM   #5
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All things go bad with time.

But try it , what the heck?

What do you have to lose?
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:54 AM   #6
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Quote:
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All things go bad with time.

But try it , what the heck?

What do you have to lose?
This is kind of contradictory. Going bad usually means that it is dangerous to eat so if something has actually gone bad then you have a lot to lose usually.
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:48 PM   #7
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It won't be dangerous, but will most likely be pretty flavorless. Looseleaf tea, as well as teabags (unless sealed in individual foil packets), lose fragrance, taste, & potency after time much the same way dried herbs do.
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it Would actualy be Interesting to get a new batch and brew than next to the 10 year old one and actually Test this though, I know I certainly would, just to see exactly What the differences are.

it`s in my Nature, I can`t help it :P
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Old 03-04-2007, 06:22 PM   #9
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10 years...add it to your compost.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:21 PM   #10
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Tea gets stale...but what have you lost if you give it a try?
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