Clove is one of those spices that comes to mind when you think about holiday ham or poked in oranges for mulled wine. But there is so much more to it. Clove is an amazing, versatile spice. Here are some ways to it can be used.
You can use it in rice. To do this, you would heat a sauce pot with butter and 2 whole cloves, salt and pepper. Add a cup of rice and stir to make sure all of the rice grains are coated with the butter. Add 2 cups of water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed. The rice will have a slight nutty clove flavour. It would compliment a grilled steak, veal chop or roasted chicken.
Adding a clove or two to your stock, will bring dimension to your sauces, soups, stews and braises. Your friends and family would want to know what you did differently. If you are using store bought stock (which is ok), add the clove to the stock and simmer for 10 minutes or so, then use. Remember to discard the cloves before serving.
You can use cloves for toothaches. Just bite down on the cloves to release the oils and then place it between the tooth and your gum. It will kill the pain and give you relieve. Or, crush cloves in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle and add to vaseline. Mix to combine well and rub on gums for relieve.
Clove is a natural antiseptic so you can use it to clean your skin. Use crushed cloves with your favourite cleanser. It will add a boost and clean your face and skin even cleaner! Petal’s Table Holiday Spice scrubs includes cloves for this very reason.
Clove and orange tea help to calm your upset belly. Simmer 2 cups of water with 2 cloves and dried orange peel until reduced by half or to 1 cup. Strain in to a cup and add a little honey or agave. Drink as hot as you can. You will begin to feel relief very quickly.