Monday's Drink - Boba Tea
With a best by date of 1/24/2017, these little tapioca balls are just over two years older than the recommended manufacturer date (sorry I ripped the package through the date while opening). The ingredients of tapioca balls are tapioca and water, but then they are completely dried before packaging.
These balls cooked up pretty and were ready to go within minutes.
We added some chopped fresh strawberries into our tea and milk and then poured it over some of the freshly made boba.
Now that the tapioca balls are moist, the chance of spoilage is far greater and they will dry out quickly. The shelf life of tapioca balls is short and sweet… most bob tea places recommend that the shelf life of boba is only 8 to 10 hours. They make them each morning and then use them by end of the day. They are usually covered in sugar or a simple sugar syrup to keep them moist for the day.
They should not be refrigerated or they will harden and become unpleasant to eat.
They can be frozen if they are suspended in a sugar syrup. If frozen, they must then again be given a quick boil to soften them again before using.