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How should cloves be stored?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Store both whole and ground cloves in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark, dry place. Ground cloves may keep for up to three months, while whole cloves may stay fresh for about a year. In addition to judging by your nose, if you are uncertain about the freshness of stored cloves, before using place them in a cup of water. Those of good quality will float vertically, while those that are stale will either sink or float horizontally.

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