Cloves, whole or ground, have a high oil content,; they will turn rancid and lose flavor if not kept tightly covered.
1 pound cloves (whole or ground) = 5 cups
1 oz = 5 Tablespoons
The flavor of Cloves are strong, pungent, sweet--almost hot. They are one of the most penetrating of all spices and their bitter, astringent flavor leaves a numbing sensation in the mouth.
Bay leaves, cloves and sage all act as natural insect repellents for ants and other crawling insects.