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How to Store a Hookah Tobacco?

by Yaroslav Kaplii 25 Apr 2024 0 Comments
How to Store a Hookah Tobacco?

Sometimes smokers don't realize there's such a thing as an expiration date for hookah tobacco. Furthermore, it can shorten depending on storage conditions. Expired Shisha loses its flavor profile, might even taste sour, and develop a stale smell.

Tobacco Expiration Dates

The shelf life of Hookah Tobacco almost doesn't depend on the manufacturer, but some brands pay particular attention to the convenience of packaging storage after it's been opened. So, hookah tobacco does have an expiration date.

If the packaging is airtight, it matches the date indicated by the manufacturer. In most cases, it's 1-3 years from the manufacturing date. The labeling on the pack is distinctive – it shows the year and month of production.

Sometimes, certain manufacturers don't specify expiration dates at all. It's not necessarily a low-quality product, especially if it's well-sealed. However, it's still better to go for well-known brands that precisely adhere to labeling, like Afzal, Nakhla, Fumari.

As for an opened pack, once opened, hookah tobacco can be stored without losing its quality and smokiness for up to 6 months. But even then, the answer to the question "can hookah tobacco be kept open?" – definitely no. Unless it's just for the few minutes it takes to prepare the bowl.

Also, it's not advisable to buy shisha in damaged packaging, as it could be dried out, even if it's not yet expired.

Storage conditions of hookah tobacco

Storage conditions of hookah tobacco

  1. Storing in an airtight container. A glass jar with a tightly screwed lid or a metal container with a screw-on lid would work for this. You gotta use a container specifically made for storing the stuff or for stuff that doesn't smell too strong; otherwise, the mix's aromatic bouquet will get messed up. Sometimes, manufacturers provide zip-lock bags that can seal things up tight. A pretty decent move for the thrifty folks is to wrap the bag in foil. That way, the stuff stays fresh for a good while.

  2. Store the package in a dark place, no matter what type it is. A kitchen cabinet works just fine. The key is to keep it away from direct sunlight 'cause those rays mess with the glycerin in the mix.

  3. Temperature control. It's a bad call to stash hookah tobacco in the fridge, but finding a moderately cool spot with temperatures around 18-20 degrees Celsius is totally doable. Though you might stumble upon recommendations saying an airtight package can chill on the bottom shelf of the fridge.

But even if you follow all these guidelines, you still gotta regularly check the consistency. It should be moderately moist, just like when you cracked open the package. If it's drying out, then your storage game ain't right.

Storage Solutions for Hookah Tobacco

  • When it comes to storing hookah tobacco, opt for small, airtight glass jars with rubber seals and tight-fitting lids. Glass is easy to clean and doesn't absorb odors, just make sure to store them in a dark cabinet.

  • Small plastic food containers can also work for storage, but keep in mind that plastic tends to absorb odors strongly. It's best to store each type of tobacco flavor in its own container to maintain its aroma. Many tobacco varieties come in dark plastic packaging already; you can keep them in there, just avoid exposing them to heat and bright light.

  • If you've purchased tobacco in a metal tin, there's no need to transfer it. Steel is excellent for storing tobacco.

  • For smaller 50-gram packs of tobacco, you can leave the leftovers inside the foil packaging, just make sure not to flip it over or lay it on its side, or else the molasses might leak out. Keep the packs stored strictly upright.

Shelf life of Hookah Tobacco at different temperatures

As mentioned earlier, it's recommended to store tobacco within the range of 5–20°C, but hookah enthusiasts identify three temperature regimes that vary slightly:

  1. +5–10°C — leaves can be stored without issues throughout the period indicated on the packaging, but the flavor qualities change significantly;

  2. +10–15°C — considered the optimal range where tobacco doesn't spoil for a relatively long time while preserving the flavor of smoke;

  3. +15–20°C — the smoking mixture spoils after about 3–4 months, but the aroma remains rich and pleasant. However, if you decide to freeze the tobacco, it will lose its initial properties. While it won't be suitable for packing a hookah, it also doesn't pose any health risks.

What affects the shelf life of hookah tobacco after opening

shelf life of hookah tobacco

If it contains molasses, fruit additives, flavorings, it's best to smoke the tobacco as soon as possible because they negatively impact its storage duration. However, glycerin, on the other hand, acts as a preservative and extends the shelf life.

We also recommend using airtight packaging, and for long-term storage (more than 3 months), keep the tobacco in the refrigerator. Freezing the leaves is not advisable because after thawing, the mixture will lose its flavor.

How does a tobacco change over time

If you store it correctly, after about two weeks, the leaves start drying out and getting kinda stiff. You can still smoke it, but the flavor's gonna start fading. Then, around 3 to 4 months later, it might just vanish altogether if air's been getting into the container where it's been kept.

You can try reviving the original quality by adding a bit of water or glycerin, but that trick only works like once or twice. Thing is, along with the liquid, you're losing other components from the leaves, which totally changes the mix.

Now, if oxidation's kicked in, when you light up, you're gonna taste this weird, tangy sourness. Citrus-flavored tobaccos are especially prone to hardcore oxidation because of the flavorings.

You might even notice the plastic packaging kinda puffing up or getting sucked in. And if you really inspect those leaves, you might spot the first signs of mold. If that's the case, it's a no-go, my friend. Time to toss it out.

What to do if your tobacco is expired or spoiled?

Smoking expired hookah tobacco isn't the best idea. Sure, you won't poison yourself or anything, but it'll definitely ruin the experience. Same goes for when your hookah tobacco is past its prime - old shisha won't deliver the desired flavor, aroma, or smoke thickness. So, what might happen:

  • Some say carcinogens form in tobacco after its expiration date. It's an unverified claim, so take it with a grain of salt;

  • The taste will suffer. If there are natural components, they'll start to sour and emit a nasty odor;

  • Long or improper storage can lead to mold formation. That's a health hazard, especially for your lungs.

General advice – if you notice changes in the product's consistency, color, or smell from when you first got it, it's best not to use it. Look out for thickening, evaporation, color changes, and other signs.

Can you smoke expired hookah tobacco?

Expiration dates aren't just made up. They show consumers until when the smoking mixture maintains its properties and remains safe for human consumption. If you smoke expired tobacco, you probably won't poison yourself, but the experience will be much worse.

Tobacco loses its aroma and smoke density because the liquid that gives the leaves their unique smell completely dries out. As a result, the smoke won't have much flavor, or its intensity will significantly decrease.

If there's no mold on the leaves, you can "revive" it by adding a little water. However, this method only works if some time has passed after the expiration date.

There's a belief that expired hookah tobacco:

  1. Is a breeding ground for mold — this is more influenced by storage conditions, moisture content of the mixture, rather than the expiration date.

  2. Contains a lot of carcinogens — an unconfirmed fact. However, smoking moldy tobacco does indeed carry an increased risk of lung disease.

It's not worth smoking spoiled tobacco. It's better to throw it away and buy a new one.

Can you smoke moldy tobacco?

moldy tobacco

Under no circumstances should you pack moldy tobacco into a hookah. It's dangerous because when moldy tobacco burns, it releases a huge amount of toxins. When these toxins enter the lungs, they can lead to cancer development and increase the risk of other diseases.

Smoking tobacco itself is an unhealthy pastime, but mold makes it deadly dangerous for the body's health. Therefore, at the first sign of white spots on the tobacco, it should be discarded.

There's no point in sorting through the leaves, as the infection quickly spreads throughout the contents of the box. Some leaves may have only faint spots or the mold is just starting to develop.

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