Friday, September 14, 2012

Winnowing Seeds

cilantro seed

I’m turning into my mother. Not that that’s bad. (Mom, if you are reading this, I love you!) I’m getting thrifty. My mom excels at thrifty. Since I was a kid, embarrassingly taking my lunch to school in an old bread bag, she has pretty much rocked the thrift world. Now we think of thrift as being “green” or “economically conscious”, but it was just the way she was raised. And I was raised. And that sh*t hits you like a brick as you grow older.

The excitement I felt as I discovered that I could use an old plastic sled to winnow and save seeds for next year, or for my spice rack, was a little scary. Double duty thrift. At any rate, saving seeds does make sense. It is green, if you put the dried seeds in a re-used plastic baggie or envelope. And it is of course economical! There is a lot of information out there about winnowing, using more "conventional" tools. Check some of them out!

I wrote a bit more about my version of thrifty winnowing, and saving seeds in my online blog for Madison Magazine. There’s even a video (mom, it’s on a site called You Tube on that thing called the “internet”:). Check it out. And then you can tell me that Mom always knows best.  

3 comments:

thriftydabbler said...

I love you too !

And thank you for the confirming words that you now find my old thrifty ways beneficial for you. Sweet !

Frankly, I turned into my mother in many ways. Grateful for her thrift, as well as teaching me seed-saving, baking and sewing skills which bring me so much enjoyment today.
And I agree, that I also learned some NOT so useful....but that is what therapy is for, right?

Keep up the great work of creating your own life !

Love, Mom

Khuram said...


I love reading through your blog, I wanted to leave a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation.
Wishing you the best of luck for all your blogging efforts.
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Otehlia said...

Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement.