No one has seen me or heard from me - only tales of tomatoes...
My family has been amazingly tolerant of this process - and with so many jars at once - it reeks! I'd recommend a seed room. That's what I want - a seed room.
After you squeeze the seeds and gel into a jar, give it three days and wait for the white mold to appear. After that - it is time to add water, mix it all up, let it settle and pour the goo and non-viable seeds off the top - leaving the perfect seeds at the bottom. Repeat until there is nothing but water and clean seed in the bottom, then dump through a sieve and dry them on paper.
When I am rinsing the seed I collect the waste water in a bucket and dump it on the compost pile.
Of course not everyone would be doing this on such a large scale unless they were a seed company so a few jars on the counter won't stink you out of your house. I allowed myself to grow as many varieties of tomatoes as I wanted last season so challenging myself to save seed from every variety seemed the thing to do. I know for sure I won't make 130 - but I might make 125! We'll see.
This mold is nature releasing and purifying the seed - it's a beautiful thing.
Tomato Aficionados - prepare yourselves...
The form and beauty of the plants, flowers, fruit and seed are a great joy in my life.
Photographing them is a bonus - so much fun - they are photogenic to be sure.
I am taking a break from processing to post this - but then it's back in I go.