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Seeds drying on a paper plate.

Colleen Vanderlinden
Pour off the mold, as much of the water as possible, and any seeds that are floating (these seeds are bad, and would not have germinated, anyway). Rinse a few times, pouring off the rinse water and any seeds or debris that float. Dump the seeds into a fine mesh strainer and rinse well, using your fingers to dislodge any gel that is still sticking to the seeds.

Write the name of your tomato variety on a paper plate, and dump your seeds onto it. Make sure that the seeds are in a single layer so they dry well and don't get moldy. Set the labeled plate aside for a few days so that the seeds dry completely.

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