Can I use ground instead of whole cloves?
Use 3/4 teaspoon of ground cloves in place of one teaspoon of whole cloves (so that's 1/4 teaspoon fewer ground cloves for each teaspoon of whole cloves that you're replacing). Note that using ground cloves in place of whole cloves will change the color and flavor of your recipe somewhat.
Substitutions for cloves
If your recipe calls for whole cloves, you can use ground cloves as a substitute. Just remember that ground cloves will give a stronger hit of flavour, so use slightly less: substitute a teaspoon of whole cloves with around ¾ of a teaspoon of ground cloves.
Cloves are dried flowers, so they can be found all year long in spice shops, grocery stores, and health food stores nationwide. Cloves can lose their potency quickly once they've been ground. For stronger flavor, buy whole cloves and keep them in airtight containers.
Star anise is a star-shaped seed pod that can be either whole or ground in recipes. It has a warm, sweet, and spicy licorice flavor that mimics the flavor of cloves. It can be a good 1:1 substitution for cloves in both sweet and savory dishes.
Overall, cloves are described as being “more powerful” in terms of flavor than similar spices, so only use a very small amount to keep the flavor from being overwhelming. How much clove is safe to consume? In ground spice form, up to one teaspoon at a time, such as once daily, seems to be safe.
Whole cloves are unground, and ground cloves are the powder that is left after the cloves are ground. Ground spice can be used as a substitute for whole spice in most recipes. To replace 1 teaspoon of whole cloves, use ¾ teaspoon of the powdered spice as a rule of thumb.
Basic Garlic Conversions
The amount of garlic you get from one clove in minced form is roughly one teaspoon.
Ground cloves are an aromatic and flavorful spice with a warm and sweet taste. Ground cloves are a versatile ingredient that adds depth and richness to both sweet and savory dishes. Discover the culinary magic of ground cloves and elevate your cooking to new heights.
Cloves are used in everything from meat rubs and marinades to baked goods and sauces. The spice is also very commonly used in warm drinks like mulled wine, cider, chai, and hot toddies.
Good quality cloves should be intact, uniform in size and shape, dark brown with a lighter brown top to the bud and have no pieces of stem. Ground cloves are commonly adulterated with clove stem, which does not have high eugenol levels and more fibre and less flavour than the best quality buds.