Thursday, September 4, 2014

seed saving part II

Recently I wrote a post about saving tomato seeds. At the end, I left you with a cliff hanger: I was about to work on saving my tomatillo seeds! I'm sure you've been waiting with bated breath ever since to see how it turned out. So here's a photo essay of the magical process of harvesting DeMilpa tomatillo seed.

the equipment
husking the tomatillos; I rejected the pile on the left because they didn't look ripe
into the food processor, along with a bit of water
[insert loud whirring noise]
tomatillo puree!
dump in a bowl, add a bunch more water, then stir briskly
Now the magic! When you pour off the tomatillo slurry, you find a bunch of seeds sitting, heavy, in the bottom of the bowl! This shot is after just one pour and refill. You can see there are still some tomatillo bits in there. It took several more rounds to get rid of all of them.
Ten rinsing rounds later, I had some clean seed. I scraped it onto a plate to dry out.
I stirred them whenever I thought of it to keep the seeds from clumping too much. The next day, they were dry.
Full Cellar Farm tomatillo seed, ready for next year!

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