How do I store Matcha?
Matcha is very delicate stuff. Remember the movie, Gremlins? It’s pretty similar. It doesn’t like heat, air, moisture or light and definitely don’t feed it past midnight! Once the tencha leaves are ground the clock starts ticking. Matcha lasts about one year on the shelf. If you have matcha that has ‘expired’ we recommend baking with it.
Once matcha powder is opened, it really should be used up within three or four weeks — or, if we really want to push it, no longer than eight weeks to ensure optimum freshness, color, and taste. Matcha is not your grandmother’s black tea blend. You shouldn’t “save it for a special occasion.” There’s no better time than the present.
Matcha should either be stored in the freezer, if you plan on not opening it for a while, or in the fridge, until you decide to crack the seal. Write down the date you open the tea on the tin. When opened, if not used daily, seal and store in the fridge away from strong odors.
The best way to store your Matcha powder
Exposing your Matcha powder to oxygen will quickly deteriorate the health benefits of this vibrant tea. The best way to store your Matcha powder is in an airtight container.
How long does matcha powder last in the fridge?
One way to keep your Matcha tea fresher for longer is to store your Matcha powder in an airtight container, in the fridge. Your refrigerator will prevent heat and moisture from deteriorating the quality of the powder. This is a particularly good option if you live in a warm or humid climate.
Be aware, however, that unless you store the Matcha tea in an air-tight container it is likely to absorb the smells and flavours from your left-overs. I'll tell you first hand that Matcha and Chicken Korma do not go well together.
We do not recommend storing Matcha in the freezer. This can expose the tea to moisture, particularly when thawing.
How long does matcha powder last once opened?
Matcha is very delicate stuff. It doesn’t like heat, it doesn't like air, and it doesn’t like light. Once it is ground, the clock on its shelf life — about a year, possibly longer, under ideal conditions — starts ticking.
And that’s for unopened matcha green tea; once it’s opened, it really should be used up reasonably quickly, say within a few months, for optimum freshness, color, and taste. It will still be fine after that, especially if it's been refrigerated, but there's really no reason to “save it for a special occasion” — it's never going to get better, so it’s vastly preferable to enjoy it in its optimum state. Stale, dead matcha is no fun — drink it when it’s hypergreen and vibrant.
Does matcha expire if unopened?(Does Matcha Go Bad?)
Matcha loses its flavor after 12 months, even if unopened. Opened Matcha can last up to 4 weeks, and it will lose color, flavor, and degrade in quality after that.It doesn’t spoil in the traditional sense, it just becomes bland and loses all flavor. It’s still safe to use, but it’s best to bake with it because there won’t be much of a flavor left.
What you’ll notice when your Matcha has gone off is that it lost its beautiful color, and the flavor will be more bitter. If you’ve got a batch of culinary grade (lower grade) Matcha and it’s lost all its kick there’s no real point to keeping it.Premium and ceremonial grade still have a shot at being useful though, keep reading to find out.
For now, let’s see how long you can keep Matcha, on average, so you know what to do with the tea you already own.
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