How to Store Shisha Tobacco

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How to Store Shisha Tobacco
Smoking shisha from a hookah has a long tradition dating back hundreds of years. (Bruno Vincent/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Shisha is a type of tobacco soaked in a thick flavoured syrup and designed to be smoked from a hookah, or water pipe. Properly stored shisha has a six-month shelf life before it begins to go stale but improperly stored shisha will dry out long before then. Exposure to air, sunlight, and heat can dry out the molasses used to make the shisha. Keeping the tobacco warm and moist will help keep the shisha fresh as long as possible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Shisha
  • Locking plastic bags
  • Small canning jars

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  1. 1

    Place unopened boxes of shisha in a locking plastic bag. Shisha is best smoked fresh so many shisha manufacturers package shisha in small quantities not designed for long-term storage. Push out any air when sealing the bag. Unopened tinned shisha is usually well sealed and does not need to be bagged.

  2. 2

    Double bag opened packages of shisha. Push out as much air as possible before closing the bag. Shisha is usually sold in 50 or 100-gram packages and should easily fit in a sandwich-sized plastic bag. Except for unopened tins of shisha try to keep the shisha in two layers of sealed packaging at all times.

  3. 3

    Put the double bagged shisha in a canning jar for long-term storage. Close the jar and keep it out of direct sunlight. Keep the jar at room temperature. Putting the shisha in a canning jar seals the tobacco from the outside air and will help keep it moist. Keep different flavours of shisha in separate jars. Putting different flavours together can cause cross-flavouring to occur.

Tips and warnings

  • Smoking causes health problems.

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