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Nov 20, 2009
keep them cold! - Reuse your tea leaves
by: Wren, Site Guest

I don't know about drying for later, but I have had great luck just keeping them cold in the fridge.
Just wring them out lightly and wrap them in a paper towel. Rebrew them within 24 hours, though, especially if it is a very acidic tea like rose hips or citruses.
I've noticed that the flavor of more acidic teas don't like to be "kept" this way for long.
Also, don't put your tea in plastic bags. I had a coffee filter full of already-been-brewed parsley and mint mold on me in only 10 hours before. Weird.

Good luck!

Mar 09, 2009
Reusing Loose Tea
by: Teya - Admin

Hi there, Teya here,

Yes!! You can reuse loose tea - all types! This is the beauty of loose tea.

Loose tea is typically of a higher quality than what you find in commercial tea bags. Tea bags contain tea powder and small bits of leaves. They quickly loose their attributes after just one or two steeps.

Loose tea on the other hand can be used several times. You just rebrew, steeping each brew a little longer.

It doesn't matter if you are drinking oolong or green tea, black tea etc. As long as you start with whole leaf tea, you can expect to get 4 brews out of your tea leaves.

As for drying them to reuse them, I don't do this, but I don't see why it couldn't work, but you may not get as many brews.

I use a tea strainer, and just leave it in the tea pot, adding fresh boiled water each time I would like fresh tea.

Hope this helps,


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