An often overlooked but vitally important part to maintaining flavor and quality of smoke from your shisha is to make sure that it is stored properly. A freshly opened box or bag of shishsa, if properly stored, has an approximate shelf life of six months. To properly store your shisha the best thing to do is place it inside a Ziplock sandwich bag and then place the bag inside of small piece of Tupperware or a similar storage container. You want make sure that the bag and the container are both air tight and stored at room temperature, approximately 74° Fahrenheit (23° Celsius), and away from any direct sunlight. Exposure to air and light will accelerate the shelf life of the shisha by drying it out and changing its chemical composition, so make sure it’s stored in a dark, dry place.
A common misconception is that placing shisha in a refrigerator will extend its life, but this has yet to be proven. Placing shisha in the freezer, on the other hand, may extend its life because freezing the shisha will slow the curing process by eliminating any exposure to air and bringing to a crawl the chemical breakdown of the shisha flavoring (the same way that freezing a loaf of bread will extend its life). Again, you’ll want to make sure that when you place your shisha in the freezer it is in an air tight container to avoid freezer burn. Doubling up is best so you do not contaminate your leftover pasta sauce, and vice versa.
Many a squirrel has fallen victim to the rigors of winters because they spent too much time scurrying around, fighting over every nut they could find and not properly securing the nuts they did have to stand up to the elements. Don’t wind up out in the cold; make sure all your shisha is properly stored like they were your nuts!