To freeze, or not to freeze

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Posted by Jeremy on July 29, 2002 at 13:58:33:

In reply to: Re: Difference between store-bought Jamila and from a supplier? posted by Syed Salman Ali on July 29, 2002 at 08:34:14:

: May be henna JAMILA purchased from the store was not fresh.or may
: stored in direct sunlight.Henna needs room temparature.too hot or
: cold is wrong.

I got the same comment from a henna supplier in Italy. She advised
strongly against storing powder in a fridge or freezer. She reckoned
that the powder ran too great a risk of getting damp. There are
clearly issues with returning opened packets of henna powder to the
freezer, particularly if not fully warmed up and dried before
opening, but it is possible that other factors are at work here too
that might make even careful freezing powder a bad idea.

Looks like some tests are in order, along the lines of obtain two
sealed packets of fresh henna, store one in a freezer, the other at
room temperature in a dark, dry location. Open both after 6 months or
a year and test for comparative staining power.

Any forum regulars out there who routinely store powder long term at
room temperature?


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