How to Eat Cloves

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Cloves are a spice that can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Many recipes that are cooked in fall and winter months, such as soups, chilis, fruit pies and gingerbread use cloves to add a delicious smell and flavor. You can use cloves in whole or ground form as both give delicious flavor. Cloves are from Indonesia, specifically the spice islands and used to be chewed to provide fresh breath for Chinese courtiers. Today, the spice is known to also be full of nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium and calcium.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloves
  • Cider
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Onions
  • Stuffing
  • Add ground cloves to a stuffing recipe for extra flavor.

  • Simmer whole cloves with hot tea, wine or cider. The cloves will not only flavor the hot beverage but will create a delicious smell throughout your home as well.

  • Stud meat such as ham or pork tenderloins with whole cloves. This will allow the flavor to be infused with the meat.

  • Add ground cloves to baking recipes for pies and gingerbread.

  • Stud onions with whole cloves and simmer in a soup or chili. The whole cloves will add warmth and a savory taste to the dish.

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References

  • "Hot Toddies: Mulled Wine, Buttered Rum, Spiced Cider, and Other Soul-Warming Winter Drinks"; Christopher O'Hara and William A. Nash; 2002
  • "Pig: King of the Southern Table"; James Villas; 2010
  • "Gingerbread"; Jennifer Lindner McGlinn; 2009
  • "Pie & Tart (Williams-Sonoma Collection)"; Carolyn Beth Weil and Chuck Williams; 2003
  • "The Williams-Sonoma Collection: Thanksgiving"; Michael McLaughlin and Chuck Williams; 2001
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