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Cloves, How To Put Them In Food And Use Them In The Home

Updated on December 30, 2010
The Holiday Ham
The Holiday Ham

The Familiar Scent

Aah, I can almost smell it now, the sweet and pungent aroma of a ham roasting in the oven, studded with cloves......

After the meal, the combination of cloves and cinnamon in an apple pie is a delightful taste.

For those of you, watching your calories, perhaps a drink of hot tea with a drop of honey and a dash of ground cloves?

 

The tree
The tree
Spikes
Spikes
Ground cloves
Ground cloves

What Are Cloves?

Cloves are the aromatic dried budding flowers of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. ( think Myrtle) They are native to Indonesia, shipped and used worldwide as a spice.

The clove tree is an evergreen featuring large square leaves. Its flowers grow in clusters, and the unopened petals form a small ball in the center

Cloves are used in stick or spike form, ground or as an oil.

Cloves And Our Health

Cloves have been used in alleviating toothaches,and other mouth and throat inflammation. It is natural breath sweetener, often an ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Other uses for cloves include diarrhea, many liver, stomach and bowel ailments, and as a stimulant for the nerves.  It is the antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties which make them widely accepted to those seeking home remedies.

Cloves have played a part in the treatment of acne, skin ulcers and styes of the eye. Who wouldn't want an effective and economical relief for a painful, itching stye?

There is some evidence suggesting that cloves may also be beneficial in lowering cholesterol levels and reducing some forms of heart disease.

Some insects are repelled by the scent of cloves. It is known that they drive away mosquitoes, and moths. It is a contender for a natural insecticide.

 

Some Ideas For Using Cloves In The Kitchen

Beyond apple pie, there are several ways to cook with cloves.

Embed cloves into an onion or large piece of meat when roasting.

Add to cauliflower, broccoli or cabbage dishes and this will aid digestion and hopefully relieve gassy issues.

Use cloves to making mincemeat pie or puddings.

Add gound cloves to your applesauce.

Add to stewed or roasted fruits such as apples or peaches.

Add a dash of ground cloves to vegetables, especially when roasting them.

Add to barbecue style sauces, especially good with the homemade sauces.

Flavour soups with whole cloves.

Flavour boiled or fried rice with several cloves.

Use in make sweet breads or muffins.

Add to curries and other spicy foods.

Add to rice pudding and other milk-based sweet dishes.

A Final Thought

Years ago, one of by brothers came home on a military leave. He brought along a friend to meet the family and explore part of the U.S.

My brother and his friend took time to come and visit me. I am sorry that I can not recall his name, but he was from India. He asked permission to smoke in my house and I granted it. Soon the room was bathed in a sweet aroma, and I asked him, what exactly was he smoking.

His cigarettes contained cloves! They had a much nicer scent than our tobacco.

I am not recommending that you take up smoking, that memory came to mind while writing this hub and the chance presented itself, to share it with you.

What Others Had To Say........

 

FloBe 6 weeks ago

I love the smell of cloves. I make a spiced hot apple/orange drink at Christmas that has cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in it and it smells so good. I once made a stuffed turkey with orange, cloves and garlic and it was delicious!

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Our family has a special family dish that involved a pasta sauce from meat, bayleaves and cloves and to this day as soon as I smell cloves cooking I am instantly comforted.

      We have a huge mosquito problem at the moment, too much rain in the tropics, so I must try the clove spray, nothing else seems to work. Thanks for sharing.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Hi Lady,

      It is good to see you Karanda, the coffee is brewing~~

      Isn't life funny, I was thinking just a few hours ago, about a hub revolving around comforting smells.

      My Grandfathers' gloves, my Grandmothers' skin lotion, the clean scent of freshly bathed babies, a puppy's breath!

      Love pasta, share your recipe?

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Hello my friend, hope you write that hub. I can smell it now. Next time I cook the family fave I'll take photos and share but I have to warn you it's one of those you have to grow up with to appreciate. None of the in-laws get it.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Thank you this is useful information about a delicious spice.

      Brother Dave.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      I have a friend who chewed cloves as an aid to quit smoking. Great hub

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Most of my memory of the scent from cloves is from Christmas when we use them in our special Christmas hot drink; "glogg". We also stick cloves into oranges and hang them up in a doorway, leaving a delightful aroma in the house! Good tips from you on how to use it for helth, I will try that!

      Useful and great hub! As always!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Yeah, I love em' in that ham. I didn't know a lot of the other info, good hub! It's funny but I know a lady that smokes those clove cigs. and they smell great. Peace!! Tom

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      giselle2323 6 years ago from Peterborough, Ontario

      Your articles are wonderful. This one brings me back to Christmas dinners as a child.

      My Mom always put cloves in the ham. Thank you!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Karanda,

      Send the on. I will tell myself it

      is an adventure in taste sensations!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Dave Matthews,

      Thank you for dropping by!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Fiddleman,

      You have piked my interest.

      Was your friend successful, if so

      how much credit to they give to

      the cloves?

      Thanks for passing that on to be.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Thoughtforce,

      I wonder if your "glogg", and our

      eggnog are the same things. Eggs, milk,

      vanilla, bourbon is optional.

      The orange idea is nifty. Looks like

      maybe I need to start asking for tips

      before putting these hubs out . :)

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Justom,

      Hello friend,

      I am glad you gave validity to my tale.

      thanks for coming by ~

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Hi Giselle2323,

      Having heard you speak of your Mom before,

      I image she is a good cook herself. Yes?

      Let me know when your next hub is out.

      Thanks for your compliments.

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      giselle2323 6 years ago from Peterborough, Ontario

      My Mom is beautiful woman. I will write about her soon.

      I do have a new hub out. It focuses on what to do when we lose our patience as new parents. Please let me know your thoughts.

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      Caroline Paulison Andrew 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great hub! Thank you for the write up on cloves. I use them a lot in the winter and holidays with baking--but need to look more into the natural remedies that you brought up.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Hello CarolineChicago,

      Welcome to my hub!

      You are most welcome, and I

      thank you...for reading and

      commenting.

      I am pleased you found it

      useful.

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      FloBe 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the smell of cloves. I make a spiced hot apple/orange drink at Christmas that has cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in it and it smells so good. I once made a stuffed turkey with orange, cloves and garlic and it was delicious!

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Hi FloBe,

      It is good to see you here!

      I can vividly imagine that spiced

      drink, orange, apple, cloves......

      Why reserve it for Christmas?

      It sounds enticing now, that the

      heater has been turned on ~~~~

      I would expect that you are quite

      talented in the kitchen and home

      making skills.

      Thanks for coming by. Someday,

      I will share with you, my first

      holiday dinner as a young wife.

      I hope you will laugh with me.

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      JohnBarret 6 years ago

      I had been advised by elders to put a clove over tooth when its aching. It never helped me but its smell in food definitely makes some change in mood.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      JohnBarret,

      I agree with the smell in food

      changing our moods. Wonder if the

      term 'comfort food' stems from

      that change?

      the heart shaped pupil in that

      eye, really draws me in. It is

      a fantastic choice!

      thanks for dropping in and reading.

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      Egghead70 6 years ago from New York

      I remember those clove cigarettes- they're harder to come by now, especially in smaller towns in the U.S. I believe there was a concern over what was mixed in the tobacco blend.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Egghead,

      I am not in the know on that, but I would

      be concerned about any additives in products

      we consume. They smelled nice, though.

      Thanks for taking the time to read my hub!

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