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 or loved one as a gift.
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!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.