How To Save Tomato Seeds

If you remember, I decided that since the goat’s tomatoes turned out so nicely  I’d save the seeds from them to replant next year. I’m glad I picked the good tomatoes while I could. Almost all of the goat’s tomatoes got Blossom-End Rot too, or bugs demolished them. Figures. All in all, I think I got three of those beautiful tomatoes for myself. So much for that canning session I was looking forward to!

Luckily, I had the best looking tomato set aside to get the seeds from. Of course I had no idea how to save a tomato’s seeds. If I were left to do it on my own, I would have just scraped out the seeds, rinsed them off, and set them out to dry. Thank goodness for the internet! I’m not sure what’s wrong with my method, but it’s definitely not how the “experts” say to do it!

Here is how it’s done:

*Remember, you can only save seeds from heirlooms, not hybrid varieties, like what you would buy at the grocery store.

1. First, pick the best looking ripe tomato that you have.

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2. Cut the tomato in half across it’s hemisphere, NOT from stem to bottom like I did. (Why do I insist on learning the hard way?).

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3. Squeeze or scoop out all of the seeds into a glass jar.

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4. Add as much water as you have of seeds, plus a little more.

5. Cover your jar with a cloth (I used cheesecloth), this will help keep the odor contained.

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6. Let the seeds ferment for 3-5 days. Keep an eye on it though. I let it sit for one day too long, and all of the water evaporated out! (I added more water to it, and swished it around before going on to the next step.) The top of the water will form a layer of mold… this is good, don’t be alarmed!

7. When you see the mold on top, it’s done. Take the cloth off the top (and hold your nose!); pour off the mold.

8. Pour the seeds into a strainer and rinse them off really well.

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9. Dump the seeds out onto a towel to dry for a couple of days. Move the seeds around often to make sure they are all getting dry.

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10. Store your seeds in a cool dry place, in a labeled container. And you’re done!

I can’t wait to see if I can grow some more of these next year! Since I don’t know what kind they are, I’ll be labeling them “Goat’s Tomatoes” 🙂

2 thoughts on “How To Save Tomato Seeds”

  1. I actually heard it’s quite simple with the paper towel method because when the seeds stick to it, it keeps them contained until you need them. When you’re ready to plant the following year, you just rip a piece of the paper towel off that has a seed and plant the whole thing, paper towel and all, in the ground. Easy peasy. 🙂

  2. yep! i looked into that this year too! and, I found the same things!

    although, i did read that it’s best to dry them on a coffee filter rather than paper towel, that way the paper does not stick the them while they dry!

    hope your goat tomatoes turn out awesome next year!


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