How to store concentrates properly
You’re now neck deep in the concentrates game, and your next step is to figure out how to store your concentrates. Deciding where to store them is easy. Don’t treat them too differently from your flower. Store them in a cool, dark place with some humidity control, and you’ll be all set; however, what about how to store concentrates? Glass jars, plastic containers, silicone containers, and parchment paper are all popular storage solutions for your concentrates, but now you need to learn how to store concentrates properly.
Glass Concentrate Containers
Glass containers are arguably one of the best methods for storing your flower, but what about concentrates? Glass is clear, allowing you to see the contents easily. It is also non-permeable, meaning you won’t lose any flavor to the container nor the air around it. However, glass containers may not be right for you for two reasons. Up first is an obvious one: glass breaks. Second is a problem unique to concentrates. Concentrates are a sticky substance and love to cling to the glass. Their tendency to stick means that you’re inevitably going to lose some of your treasured concentrates to the container they’re in.
Plastic Concentrate Containers
Plastic containers offer essentially the same benefits as glass containers; they’re both clear and non-permeable. While concentrates stick to both glass and plastic containers, plastic is far less prone to breakage than glass. Plastic is also far more sensitive to heat than glass. While it’s unlikely that your concentrates will end up in a space hot enough for heat to be a huge issue, plastic containers are more prone to emitting toxic vapors. Your best bet would be to avoid plastic containers for your concentrates.
Silicone Concentrate Containers
One of the most popular options is the silicone container. Silicone containers counter the biggest negative to glass concentrate containers, the tendency for the concentrates to stick. Silicone containers come in numerous shapes and sizes and not only do they prevent sticking, silicone containers are malleable while maintaining their shape. Unlike glass and plastic, there’s no need to worry about them breaking or wasting any of your valuable concentrates. Silicone containers do have one major weakness: silicone is permeable to light hydrocarbons, and you will eventually lose flavor over time.
Finally, we have the best and most popular solution: parchment paper. Parchment paper is a special paper that has a light coating of silicone. This silicone coating is where it gets its value both in the kitchen and around your concentrates. Parchment paper allows you to store your concentrates on a surface you can lay out on the table without worrying about sticking. Because it is a sheet of paper, it is also easy to fold up for storage and to use as a non-stick barrier between yourself and your concentrates. The one real weakness of parchment paper is that they sometimes contain quilon, a chemical that could become toxic when incinerated. This is where 710 Parchment Paper pick up the slack of the average parchment paper. The 710 Parchment Papers are quilon-free, guaranteeing that you won’t inhale any potentially harmful toxins.