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What is the best storage for pu-erh leaf for everyday use, not aging?
yixing
unglazed pottery
glass (light kept out)
other
Would a glass jar be suitable, uncovered, loosely topped, and wrapped
to keep light out?
Does it have to "breathe" even tho it may be used frequently?
What other household item would work? Trying to avoid another
purchase.
Also, if this container were in the kitchen would it be particularly
bad?
What about that idea about using a new clay flower pot?
Thanks, C.

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A paper cardboard box. Line the inside with baking sheet. & leave it in a
place free from heavy odor.

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> What is the best storage for pu-erh leaf for everyday use, not aging?
> yixing
> unglazed pottery
> glass (light kept out)
> other
> Would a glass jar be suitable, uncovered, loosely topped, and wrapped
> to keep light out?
> Does it have to "breathe" even tho it may be used frequently?
> What other household item would work? Trying to avoid another
> purchase.
> Also, if this container were in the kitchen would it be particularly
> bad?
> What about that idea about using a new clay flower pot?
> Thanks, C.
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cale wrote:
> Reposting - message lost.
>
> What is the best storage for pu-erh leaf for everyday use, not aging?
> yixing
> unglazed pottery
> glass (light kept out)
> other
> Would a glass jar be suitable, uncovered, loosely topped, and wrapped
> to keep light out?
> Does it have to "breathe" even tho it may be used frequently?
> What other household item would work? Trying to avoid another
> purchase.
> Also, if this container were in the kitchen would it be particularly
> bad?
> What about that idea about using a new clay flower pot?
> Thanks, C.



I have to confess that I have been know to use simple ziplock bags, and
just leave them unzipped, for items I know I will consume within the
next month or two. Regular old tins that you might have lying around
will work great too. As Samarkand said, a simple paper box, or one of
those cardboard tube type canisters will work well also. For that
matter a paper lunch bag will work! Some paper contains nasty chemicals
but storage for a month or two wouldn't be long enough to make any
difference.

The whole breathing thing is mainly to facilitate aging. Aging take
years, not week or months, so to seal it up for a month or two
generally wont hurt it a bit.

An exception might be a young black puerh that still has that yeasty
smelling thing going on. This is a remnant from the fermentation
(cooking) process. Black puerhs exhibiting this will benefit from a
good and immediate airing out.

Now when you say "best" I think yixing cannisters are the norm in Asia.


Mike
www.pu-erh.net

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