Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Tea storage solutions
A couple of years ago, a girlfriend and I stopped by an Atlanta tea shop to check out the offerings. We both enjoyed sampling (and buying) tea, but what I most remember about that visit is What I Didn't Buy But Wish I Had: small glass jars with "chalkboard" labels you could use to ID your tea. I never saw them again, and I always regretted that I didn't buy a few, even if they were a little pricey at the time.
Fast forward to the weekend's visit to a local World Market store. I was happy to have found some new tea I was lusting over (more on that later in the week), but I was THRILLED to find the glass jars with the built-in chalkboard labels ... and for just $1.99 each! I got five but should have gotten 10, so I'm sure I'll be making a return trip to World Market very soon.
The jars are about 3-7/8 inches tall, have a plastic-lined lid for tight sealing and come with a full-size piece of chalk. They are absolutely perfect for holding the amount of tea in the small bags I usually get at tea rooms and gift shops, about an ounce or two. My tea cabinet is not in direct sunlight, so I'm not worried about the light getting to my teas. That tea cabinet is pretty much an organizational nightmare at the moment, and I had been trying to think of some neat solution to tidying up all those small bags of tea. Throw some out? No. Stop buying new teas? Definitely not. Transfer all these tidbits to $1.99 glass jars? Yessss!