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How to rehydrate your Cuban cigar

May 18, 2008
There may be times whenever you end up with cigars that have dried out to a certain extent. Perhaps you were given a box of quality cigars at one point and you set it on a shelf in order to enjoy them whenever you had the opportunity. Sometimes, that opportunity never seems to come around and the box of cigars may have sat there for several years.

Although you did place them in a humidor like a good boy, you didn't re-energize your humidor that is essential for your cigars to stay in good shape. You realize all you have is a bunch of dried out cigars. You begin to wonder if your cigars will every be smokable again.

However, don't worry at all because their are several ways of bringing that Cuban cigar to life. Some methods are better than others but the rule of thumb should be never try to do it with lots of water. Lots of water is bad for your cigar as extra moisture can expand the tobacco and your cigar. The idea is to slowly hydrate it and in a very slow manner. Most likely you'll be able to bring your cigars to life but if its too late than its really too late. Take it as a lesson learned and never ever forget about your Cuban cigars. Experts suggest smoking them as soon as you get it while you have the chance because each cigar should be experienced to the fullest. I love smoking Cohiba Robustos on my patio with some wine.

A quick and easy way to rehydrate a cigar if it has become slightly dry is to put it in a plastic bag with some cedar linings out of a cigar box. Seal the bag for several days and then check to see how hydrated the cigars have become. This is not a cure for cigars that have been left on the shelf for several years. This is simply a way to add a little bit of hydration and to some cigars that have been left to dry out just a little bit.

If they are totally dried out, than don't worry. Try the method of using Tupperware container (Make sure the base of this container is flat) where you put some water at the bottom and place the cigar on top of cedar sticks. Make sure the water never touches the Cuban cigars or your precious beauties will be destroyed. Cuban cigars can stay fresh for up to 15 years so be patient when you are doing this process.

So get that humidor recharged and place that container sealed up in the humidor. This will bring your cigars back to life in four weeks or so. Keep an eye on your humidor because if its not charged properly it won't work. Give it the time and your cigars should be ready to smoke again.
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