Ladytiger wrote:Upton Tea Imports has a nice selection of tins, the least expensive are $1 and I think the hold a good amont of tea.
Well, ok...since you mentioned Upton anyway. I use their sample tins that are around 60 cents when you buy a dozen. These are also available from tin distribution companies on line for a little less.
But the sample tin is perfect for everyday use tea due to its snug lid and small size. I use these for the tea I have open, then snugly roll up the bag with the "reserve," placing it in at least another bag...those foil ziplocks that some vendors use are ideal (Upton also sells them new).
The reserve will stay sealed up until I use all the tea in the sample tin. This way, the reserve is preserved quite well since it is not repeatedly opened every day. The reserve bag can also be placed into a tin or other airtight container.
My goal is to create multlble layers of protection for the reserve leaf while making the everyday use leaf readily available in a small amount, but still protected.