While whole cloves are edible, they are very powerful and strong, making them very undesirable to eat whole. When cooked whole in a dish, they are typically discarded without eating, used instead to flavor the dish as a whole.
When eating the spice is desired, it is best done by first grinding whole cloves into a fine powder and adding it to the food. Whole cloves lend a mild flavor to a dish when simmered or baked whole along with other ingredients. Caution should be used to avoid adding too much clove to a dish, especially when grinding fresh from whole cloves, as the freshly ground powder is stronger than store-bought ground cloves.Learn More
For sauces or baked goods that require a slightly sweet element, it is possible to substitute ground cloves with other spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Replacing ground cloves with one of these spices is done in equal amounts, so a half-teaspoon of nutmeg can serve as a equal substitute for a half-teaspoon of ground cloves.Full Answer >
Whole cloves are dried, unopened flower buds from a type of tropical myrtle. These spicy-sweet buds can be used in cooking whole or ground into a powder.Full Answer >
One-eighth of a teaspoon of whole cloves can be used in place of 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves. These measurements can be slightly adjusted according to taste.Full Answer >
Bay leaves are not poisonous, but the edges are sharp and can scratch a person's mouth, throat, stomach and intestines. Bay leaves are tough enough that simmering them all day does not disintegrate or soften them. Bay leaves should be removed from food before eating.Full Answer >