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Old 02-16-2007, 12:04 PM   #61
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Mystery of the "melted" cloves container

Hello Friends,

I agree with those of you who said the container looks like it was melted. Attached is a photo of the drawer in which the container was stored. You see it is not next to the stove or DW. The conatiner was found in the drawer, right-side-up (for the photo I inverted it) with ground cloves surrounding it on the bottom of the drawer. So it isn't likely it melted on the stove deck and then got put away with that big hole in it (although I can't rule that out).

Being a retired scientist, I've decided to try to reproduce the data. I'm going to purchase another container of ground cloves from Whole Foods and put it in the same place. I'll keep you all posted on what happens.

Thanks for your interest.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:25 PM   #62
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I grow parsley,basil,oregano, chives. These I store in small plastic containers
in my freezer. Others I keep in original containers on spice, herb, pantry
shelf. Ginger root in my rerigerator. I have a narrow glass container (came with my Kitchen Aid Refrig) in the back left corner..contains,pumpkin seeds,
sunflower seeds, rasisins,dried cranberries,blueberries etc)

Some herbs purchase in Health Food Store: baby food glass jars make good storage. I use the small first born baby food jars. The metal covers can be
screwed to (under pantry) shelf and when needed to wash or refill you can twist the jar off the top. Always return to same area.
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Old 02-19-2007, 06:28 PM   #63
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If you google "watchmakers cases" you can find the little metal tins for a reasonable price.

My spices go into the freezer til I need them the first time (to kill the bug eggs), then I put them into a drawer, generally in their original container. If I do buy in bulk, I find a jar to put them in.
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:26 PM   #64
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About the only thing concerning spices (and this isn't really a spice) that I keep in the freezer is sesame seeds because they have oil in them, which could go rancid if the seeds are kept at room temp.

Same goes for sesame oil. I keep that in the fridge so that it also, won't go rancid.
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:29 PM   #65
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Corey, while spices might not go rancid they will lose potency and flavor. Keeping them in the freezer will help retain some of their potency.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:19 PM   #66
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You don't want to know how we store our spices. We live in an un-air-conditioned house in the humid mid-south. We just do the bestest we can do.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:14 PM   #67
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"Melted" cloves container - mystery solved!

This is in reference to a thread that I started Feb 13 in this discussion, entitled "Ground clove dissolves plastic???". Quick synopsis: plastic container from market containing ground clove looked melted after 3 months stored in my spice drawer. I suggested that maybe the clove oil was a solvent for the plastic. Others thought it must be melted, asked about heat sources, etc. I decided to buy some more, store in same type of container, and watch.

Result: the same thing happened! Absolutely no heat involved, I kept the container on my desk. I am showing two pictures below, the first after 2 weeks, the other after 3 weeks. Isn't that fascinating!! Comments?

Next, I will take the pictures to the store and inquire about the type of plastic container. By the way, it wasn't Whole Foods. It was an independent market here in Palo Alto, California.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:23 PM   #68
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"Melted" cloves container mystery solved!

This is in reference to a thread that I started Feb 13 in this discussion, entitled "Ground clove dissolves plastic???". Quick synopsis: plastic container from market containing ground clove looked melted after 3 months stored in my spice drawer. I suggested that maybe the clove oil was a solvent for the plastic. Others thought it must be melted, asked about heat sources, etc. I decided to buy some more, store in same type of container, and watch.

Result: the same thing happened! Absolutely no heat involved, I kept the container on my desk. I am attaching two photos below, the first after 2 weeks, the other after 3 weeks. Isn't that fascinating!! Comments?

Next, I will take the pictures to the store and inquire about the type of plastic container. By the way, it wasn't Whole Foods. It was an independent market here in Palo Alto, California.
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My question...why keep them in plastic? All of our herbs and spices are kept in glass.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:31 PM   #70
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Yes, I agree. It just didn't occur to me that the plastic container would not be adequate. But that was before I was enlightened by this forum.
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