Vacuum sealers?

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Baisao
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Thu May 16, 2019 11:22 pm

FWIW, I’ve had great results using Private Preserve with mylar bags and a FoodSaver vacuum sealer for less delicate teas. Both have their place.
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:36 pm

Many commentators on this thread have asked, implicitly, why Western vendors do not use vacuum sealers for their teas, Others have said that they only purchase from those few that do.

I cannot speak for other vendors but my reason is quite simple: vacuum sealing packaging is not compostabile; if it were I would use it. Every bit of the packaging that I do use is compostable (pouches, cartons, fillers, tape etc.) save for the oxygen absorbers (that's my compromise) that I put in all pouches except sample sizes.
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:40 pm

Tillerman wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:36 pm
Every bit of the packaging that I do use is compostable (pouches, cartons, fillers, tape etc.)
I appreciate this greatly!

It is tough to have to choose between sustainability and better tea.

I have noticed that some retailers use a lighter weight silver lined plastic that is compatible with my food saver vacuum sealer. At least this way, I can reuse the packaging many times before it enters the landfill.
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Baisao
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:55 pm

Tillerman wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:36 pm
Every bit of the packaging that I do use is compostable (pouches, cartons, fillers, tape etc.) save for the oxygen absorbers (that's my compromise) that I put in all pouches except sample sizes.
The iron inside of the oxysorbs should be great for the compost pile once liberated from their plastic pouch.

I just bought a bunch of chelated iron for my curry tree (notorious for chlorosis). I only needed a teaspoon. I could have saved $8 and used spent oxysorbs had it occurred to me.
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Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:54 am

I like to store my teas in mason jars with screw-caps (Bormioli), which I then vacuum seal by taking the air out of the jars till the capsule collapses and no longer clicks in the middle. It's a bit cumbersome to do every single time but because I tend to have quite a few teas lying around at any given time this gives me some peace of mind.
However, can this produce side effects? i.e. can the teas 'suffer' from this? Or can it only be a good thing? (Every time I smell the aroma dispersing in the air after vacuum-packing my teas I feel I'm taking 'something' out of them :D but then I think, well, that aroma I can smell has already left the leaves, so I'm just transferring it from inside the jar to my kitchen :lol: )
Thoughts?
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