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I avoid mix-ups by doing one cob at a time... If I don't like the taste then I throw it immediately into the chicken-food basket. If it pops perfectly then kernels are immediately removed and put into seed envelopes. I have a couple of other baskets based on how well each cob pops. Some end up as popcorn, others are destined to become cornmeal.
There is one family group that is the best tasting of the lot. It pops very poorly. I keep saving seed from it, and keep detasseling it and planting it in the popcorn patch. Eventually I hope to combine the fabulous flavor with great popping ability.
I don't do any palate clearing. I haven't timed it, but each batch takes 1 to 2 minutes to complete, so my mouth resets itself before the next batch.
Here's what the seed packets look like. I save around 100 seeds from each cob that I want for my breeding project. The bulk goes into baskets for sharing or eating.
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