We love growing heirloom vegetables because of their great diversity and wonderful flavors but we also like them because we can save our own seed. It’s so comforting to know that we have that small amount of control over one of our most basic needs…our food.
Tomatoes are one of the easiest crops to save the seed for.
Seeds are squeezed out into a container and a little water is added.
After a couple days it looks like this. Kind of gross huh? This process breaks down the gelatinous coating around the seeds.
Then it’s just a matter of pouring the goop into a fine strainer and rinsing until only the seeds are left. We then tap them out onto marked paper plates and allow them to dry.
Whatever you do, keep them away from small children during this drying stage. They LOVE to combine them all on one plate! We learned that lesson the hard way.
You are now blessed with a lovely array of your own FREE seeds! Store in envelopes or other seed storing containers. It couldn’t be easier!