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Multi spice discovery

The annual spring ant invasion has inspired me to clean and organize the spice cupboard above which they were coming into the house. On a good note - I KNEW I had thyme, now I know where it is.

On a weird note, I had four bottles of ground cloves and four bottles/packets of bay leaves.

Okay, the bay leaves I can see buying more than once if I thought I was out. I throw them into every soup, stew or chili, and especially gravy. But cloves? I only bake maybe once every other month, and usually then it's something chocolate. Creepier still, one of the bottles was from a store I used to shop at fifteen years ago. Needless to say I bid that one goodbye.

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lou_harper
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Btw, spices and insects. Did you know that cinnamon can be used as insect repellent? It's supposed to work on ants too.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
My grandmother used to put a circle of cinnamon around the house for just that reason. I usually put it in the windowsills, but these little creeps are coming in by the ceiling.
lou_harper
Apr. 24th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
It sounds like you need cinnamon oil.

I had a moth infestation once. I hate them more than ants. Over the years I've learned various non-chemical ways to fight the creepy-crawlies, like Diatomaceous earth for bugs, beer for slugs.
egret17
Apr. 24th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Lou: How did you get rid of the moths?!? I have an infestation that I can't get rid of because, hello, the kitties catch and eat the moths, so I obviously can't poison them.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I've been having luck with steaming the carpet in the closet where I think they're breeding with a steam shark. (Yeah, I get moths every spring too.)
lou_harper
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I haven't completely gotten rid of them, but I have it 95% under control. None of my sweaters got eaten in a while. What you need is moth trap - you can buy it in your local garden supply or hardware store. Don't make the rookie mistake of putting a bunch around. Apparently, they use pheromones to attract the horny moths who get stuck and die. Too many traps just confuse the buggers.

Meanwhile use dried lavender as a moth repellent to protect sensitive areas. (Smells great.) If you have kitchen moths (nasty buggers), you better store everything in airtight containers.
egret17
Apr. 24th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
I really need to just toss all the spices and start fresh. I could carbon date the suckers.
jordan_c_price
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I remember when I ran out of celery salt and got new, and suddenly my cole slaw didn't taste the same anymore. Evidently I liked the way the REALLY OLD ONE tasted.
ali_wilde
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
On a good note - I KNEW I had thyme, now I know where it is.
Great pun.

Perhaps you wanted to get rid of something supernatural...
jordan_c_price
Apr. 24th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
If only finding thyme were that easy ;-)
ali_wilde
Apr. 25th, 2012 12:53 am (UTC)
LOL, yes. Look behind the nutmeg and there it is, just where you left it, but had forgotten in the rush.
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