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How to store tobacco?

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Hi everyone,
I know this is a place for food storage post but I have a question I'm hoping that someone can help me with.
I have the chance to purchase some smoking tobacco at a good price and I would like to put it in storage for
trading purposes later. But how do you store it? I have no clue on this one. Can I just stuff it in canning jars?
I don't want it to dry out,, I see tobacco in stores in cans and air tight pouches do they do anything special to
it before packaging it? Will it mold? Help?
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This is my third year of growing & processing my own tobacco. It needs to be dry to store or it will rot, even if its cured. After hanging till it browns, I shred it then run threw an old dehydrator then into ziplock freezer bags or vacsealed in mason jars. Easiest way I found to bring the humidity back up for rolling & smoking is a pan of water with a colander ontop & tobacco in the colander. Just reach your hand in it about once an hour & stir it around till you get the humidity in it you want.
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I use a Roma hand crank pasta machine to shred my tobacco. Tobacco has to have humidity in it to shred or will just become powder & dust when you try to shred it.

When hanging the tobacco, it needs to be spaced that air gets around all the leaves. The leaves will brown before the center stem & I wait till the center stem is browned before taking off the line. Before shredding I strip the center stem out of the leave.

After hanging, shredding, drying, & packaging the tobacco is best if given atleast three months to cure. Commercial tobacco is a combination of different tobaccos. Usually varieties with the best flavor are too harsh to smoke so have to be mixed with something milder. This year I'm growing both burley & silk leaf which should make a good combination.
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