How to save tomato seeds

Every year, while I’m enjoying my best and most delicious garden tomatoes, I save the best seed for planting the following year.  I’ve enjoyed amazing tomatoes, handed down and passed around, year after year.  No matter the source, if I have a good tomato, I save a seed or two and give it a try the following year.  With hybrids, you’re never quite sure what you’ll get, and I enjoy the surprises.  With heirloom varieties, you get the same great flavor, year after year.  I even try to improve on that, by always saving seed from the best tasting tomatoes off each plant.

Here’s a quick and easy way to save tomato seeds: 

1)  As you’ve sliced into a winner, grab a 2-3 inch sticky note and write the name of the tomato on the top.  If you don’t know the name, make one up.  I name tomatoes like “Really Big Pink” or “Gina’s Favorite’s” or whatever will help me remember the variety. 

2)  Scoop a few seeds out of the tomato with the tip of a spoon.  You can keep the goo on them (it helps them stick).

3)  Place the seeds on the sticky note (see photo).

4)  Let air dry for 1-2 weeks.

5)  Place sticky note in a baggy or mason jar in the fridge.

6)  Next year, pull them out, peel the seeds off the sticky note, and plant indoors (AeroGardens are great for this) 6 weeks before the last frost date.  Then repeat next season!

Extra tip:  The sticky note above shows my current “favorite tomato ever,” a readily available beefsteak heirloom variety named “Cherokee Purple.”