What’s the best method for restoring dry cigars?

Have you ever found yourself needing to rehydrate an old, dried out cigar? The best method that I have found to breathe life back into your smoke is to steam it. Sounds easy enough, right? But there are a few steps you’ll need to take to get it just right!

First, you’ll need a saute pan, with a lid. You will need to take the knob off of the lid so that the steam will have a place to escape from the pan. Put some water into the pan, you don’t need a whole lot of water, maybe an inch or so. Then, put it on the stove with the lid and turn the heat on. While you’re waiting for the water to boil you can get the cigar ready to be steamed.

Use a pair of scissors to cut one end of the cigar off. You need to do a little surgery here to expose the insides in order to make it susceptible to hydration. Get a piece of aluminum foil long enough to wrap completely around the cigar. You’ll need to place the cigar at one end and wrap it up in the aluminum foil like an open ended burrito. Do not fold the foil up around the ends, you’ll need them open. Use a small piece of tape to hold the aluminum foil in place. Use your index finger on the end that is cut and push the cigar out of the other side of the foil about an inch.

Finally, once your water is boiling you can place the cigar over the steam hole you made when you removed the knob from the lid of the pan. Leave the cigar sitting over the hole for about two minutes. After two minutes you’ll want to take very light puffs of the exposed end of the cigar in order to move the steam up through. Be very careful to puff lightly as to not burn yourself. If the cigar is only in slight need of reviving it should be ready to come off of the steam and cool off after the first two minutes. If it is really dusty, you’ll need to leave it on for another two minutes and repeat the small puffs while it is still over the steam.

Last but not least, let it cool off and dry a little bit and it is ready to go. Enjoy!

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