This sweet activity makes a loving spoonful and more of delicious infused honey. Great in teas or drizzled on desserts, this easy kitchen activity is a great experiment in cooking and, when decorated, can be given to a friend as a gift.
What You Need:
- Clean empty Mason jar and lid
- Dried herbs such as lavender, lemon thyme, mint, rose petals, rosemary, or chocolate mint, or spices such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, or cloves
- Optional: White sticker label and markers
What You Do:
- Have your child choose an available herb or spice that she thinks would be a good flavor to mix with honey. She can choose pretty much anything, but we’ve provided some simple suggestions above.
- Help her measure how many cups of honey she will need to fill the Mason jar.
- Help her measure out 1 to 2 tablespoons of her herb or spice for every cup of honey, depending on how strong she wants the flavor to be.
- Have her place the herbs inside the middle of the cheesecloth and tie the cheesecloth closed, so it makes a little pouch. Let her place the herbs in the cloth inside the jar of honey. She can stir the mixture a bit with her spoon.
- Close the Mason jar lid and let the honey sit for about 10 days. This gives the flavors time to infuse the honey.
- While she is waiting for the honey to infuse, she may wish to decorate the jar. She can use a blank label to draw a “logo” for her honey, and come up with a creative name for her concoction as well. Let her attach the finished sticker to the jar. If she plans on giving the honey as a gift, she can also find some fun fabric to cover the lid or ribbon to tie around it.
- After 10 days, have her use a pair of tongs to carefully remove the cheesecloth with the herbs. Have her give her new infused honey a taste! Serve it on warm bread or muffins, or stir it into tea—sweet!