How to rehydrate cigars

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How to rehydrate cigars
Keep cigars fresh with a humidor. (cigar front image by Bradlee Mauer from

Cigars left without any moisture can shrivel up and dry out to the point of not being smokable. They can usually be saved by the slow reintroduction of moisture into their environment. The important part is introducing the moisture extremely slowly to avoid a rupture in the cigar from too much moisture being added too quickly. Cigars can be expensive, so proper storage and care is essential to keep them lasting well into the future.

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Things you need

  • Humidor (optional)
  • Cigar
  • Plastic Container
  • Cedar strips
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Place water in the bottom of a plastic container large enough to fit your cigar. The water should be approximately 1/2 inch high in the container. Place the cedar strips on top of the water, making sure the tops of the cedar strips do not become wet.

  2. 2

    Place your dried-out cigar on top of the cedar strips and put the lid on the plastic container.

  3. 3

    Store the plastic container in a cool and dark area for the rehydration process. This may take some time, depending on the level of dryness in the cigar. The cigar will become darker and will not look dry by the end of the process. Check on the cigar every few weeks, adding water if needed, anywhere from a few weeks up to a few months. Add additional water as needed, taking care to keep the tops of the cedar strips dry. Rotate the cigar when you check on it.

  4. 4

    Place the plastic container on a shelf in your humidor if you have one available and set the humidor at a 70 per cent humidity level. This could expedite the rehydration process by a few weeks. Keep the humidor charged by adding water to it every week.

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