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by Wade Hill
July 30, 2017
Shisha - to smoke hookah, you simply have to have it (or shisha alternatives, I guess). Without it, what are you smoking? Shisha can come in many different brands, ranging in anything from the tobacco itself to the container. Regardless of what kind of hookah tobacco you're smoking, you want it to stay fresh after opening. I know many who only buy 50g packages because they don't want their tobacco to get old. And that's a fair point - old tobacco is very rarely good tobacco. Rather, as a shisha gets old, it usually starts to taste weaker, or just worse in general. Sometimes this can be due to user error, sometimes it can be the passage of time that causes shisha to deteriorate. The most important thing when it comes to keeping your shisha fresh is how you store it. With every different brand, you have different packaging to accompany it, and a different storage method as a result of that. Today we're going to be talking about the proper way to store your tobacco, and how to keep it fresh for as long as possible.
As I said previously, different tobaccos are going to come in different packaging. With all of this different packaging, the way you store your shisha is going to differ as well.
With brands like Trifecta Dark, you have phenomenal air tight plastic containers to begin with, so you don't even have to worry about repackaging your shisha for storage. With brands like this - Al Fakher, Nirvana, and Ugly - you're A-Okay to simply dump these bags into the containers. Mix well before smoking, and you'll be good to go.
When it comes to brands like Pure, who use metal tins for their shisha, you have to be careful with them. Metal cans can rust, or corrode, when exposed to the glycerin in shisha. To avoid this happening, you can leave your Pure in the bag, inside of the container after opening. This will help prevent the glycerin from making contact with the metal, and thus help prevent said corrosion. That said, it's not fool proof, and I've had many bags still leak on me when doing this method. If you're having this same issue, don't be afraid to repackage your shisha, which we'll be talking about in the next paragraph. Brands that use metal containers include things like Pure, Haze, and Trifecta (Blonde).
But then there are brands such as Tangiers, who don't even give you packaging. With these, they simply come in a bag, and expect you to store it all on your own. You certainly can keep your Tangiers in the bag after opening it, but... don't. Get yourself some airtight storage containers, like Tupperware, or Chinese leftover containers(my preference). Simply dump the tobacco into this, make sure it's airtight, and you'll be golden. I usually like to label mine as well, but it's totally up to you if you want to do that or not. You can also re-use old airtight containers, like Starbuzz Vintage, or Trifecta Dark, and store your canless shisha in these instead. I've seen many people do this, and so long as they're clean before putting the new shisha into them, you'll have no issues. Brands that come in bags are things like Zomo, Tangiers, Nakhla, and Nu Tobacco.
Alright, so your tobacco is airtight and good to go. Now what? There's no true guide as to how to store your shisha, but there are a few good rules of thumb to follow. Store your shisha in a cool and dry location, like a cabinet. The dry part is arguably the most important part - if shisha is stored in a cool and damp location, it's possible that old tobacco can start to grow mold, and I'm sure I don't need to tell you how bad it is to smoke mold... I hope so, anyway. You also want to have it in a cool location to help prevent the tobacco from drying out, as this will help your tobacco have a longer shelf life after opening. The other big rule that I use when storing shisha - try to keep it clean. There's nothing worse than going to pack some Cane Mint, and when you pick up the container you're bombarded by gnats. Gnats love sugar, and shisha is practically a magnet for this pests. Keep it clean, and save yourself the hassle.
Storing your shisha is one of the most overlooked things that I see people do, and it can end up costing you a lot of shisha in the long haul. Properly storing your shisha will make you a happier smoker, and only save you the heartbreak of having ruined shisha. How do you store you shisha? Are there any methods that we missed? Let us know in the comments below! As always guys, thank you so much for reading, and happy smokes!
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