Shisha tobacco and charcoal of Amy require an optimum environment for storage. Improper conditions would affect the longevity of both tobacco and charcoal. Poorly stored shisha tobacco would lose its flavor. Ineffective storage would damage charcoal and it will not perform as expected. Let us lay out a few simple storage strategies for Amy shisha tobacco and charcoal.
How to Store Shisha Tobacco
The two most important requisites are moderate temperature and low humidity. Shisha tobacco is made of organic materials. Depending on the type of flavor and its compositions, there may be blonde or dark leaf tobacco, molasses, glycerin, honey, and other extracts as key ingredients. There may be some additives too. All these materials will undergo degradation if there is a temperature spike or major fluctuation in humidity. Both high and low extremes are bad.
Before we discuss the dos, it is necessary to emphasize on the don’ts. Do not store shisha tobacco in a fridge. Your refrigerator is too cold and has extremely low humidity for shisha flavors. The tobacco would turn dry, and it will be damaged in a very short span of time. The tobacco would become unusable sooner than later. If the fridge is a strict no, then the freezer is not even in consideration.
Do not store shisha tobacco at a place that is exposed to direct sunlight. Even indirect sunlight is bad for shisha flavors. Exposure to any type of heat source will cause swift deterioration of the shisha tobacco. In other words, neither a cold nor a hot place is ideal for shisha tobacco. A balance has to be attained and maintained.
You can store shisha tobaccos inside a wooden cabinet, or other enclosed spaces, which do not get hot and humid. This moderate or optimum condition should be maintainable throughout the year, if you are planning to store the tobacco that long. Summers and winters should not cause any substantial change in the environment within a cabinet, or an enclosed shelf. Rains and snows should not cause change in humidity within the cabinet or storage space.
Shisha tobacco should not be stored in the jar it is packed in by the manufacturer. The foils and the growing space inside the jar as you take some tobacco out for every session will trap more moisture in due course of time. The jars or cans are not exactly insulated or very poor conductors of heat. You can use re-sealable bags. You may also use airtight jars and other such containers. Do not use a large storage container for very little tobacco. The more air you allow inside the jar, can, pack or bag, the greater would be the humidity in direct contact with the shisha tobacco.
How to Store Shisha Charcoal
Shisha charcoal needs a similar storage strategy. You cannot keep charcoals at any place where fluctuations in temperature and humidity would damage the substance. Dry places that are at around room temperature work well.
Some people may wonder if exposing charcoals to sunlight will make them easier to light and deal with during the session. This is not true. This works for coals, especially during wet conditions. Charcoals must be kept away from fluctuation heat sources. Besides, exposing charcoals to sunlight in any manner will also subject the pieces to changing humidity.
Charcoals should not be stored in the packaging they come in. You may use glass jars, re-sealable bags, or any other airtight container. Exposure to heat, cold, humidity, and other chemicals, will lead to degradation of charcoals. Natural charcoals are more resistant than quick light varieties, but both should be stored in dry places at not much higher or lower than room temperature.
How Long can you Store Shisha Tobacco and Charcoal
Manufacturers tend to provide expiry or best use by date. Expiry date means you cannot use the material beyond that point in time. Best use by date is more of an advice in order to make the most of the product. It is better to use shisha tobacco and charcoal before their best use by date, well before their expiration.
Since most products these days contain some chemical or the other, it is always likely for a few of the components to break down and the substances may not be entirely safe to be used after a certain point in time. Organic shisha tobacco also breaks down and deteriorates, like all other natural materials. Avoid storing shisha tobacco and charcoal in garage, barn, basement, attic, kitchen, and bathroom.