Neem oil can be a bit tricky to find.
So far, there aren’t any products that claim to “make your neems last forever.”
But I’m guessing we’re going to have to wait until the next crop of seeds, which will have been harvested, is in the ground.
Here’s how to make sure you get the best results from your neema seeds.
Clean the seeds to remove any dirt and debris.
Neem seeds don’t need a lot of care.
They’re a little mushy and you might need to scrape some off with a wet cloth.
They’ll need to dry on a hard surface before they’re ready to harvest.
Remove the seeds from the canning jar.
It’s easiest to do this by simply pulling off the seed pods, leaving the seeds behind.
Make sure you have a little bit of room between the jar and the seeds, otherwise they’ll dry out and they’ll start to get mushy.
Cut the seeds off with scissors.
Once you have the seeds cut, you’ll want to use a knife to remove them from the seed pod.
This can be hard at first, but it can be done if you use your patience and the right scissors.
You don’t want to cut off the seeds too far, as that can cause them to fall apart and start to dry out.
Pour your oil into the canner jar.
Using a small saucepan or heavy saucepan is easiest, but you can also use a smaller saucepan to make a smaller can.
When you pour the oil into your canner, make sure the lid is up and not touching the jar.
Pour the oil onto the seeds and set them aside.
Make your neemi oil.
Add a bit of oil to the can and pour it into the jar, ensuring the oil is evenly distributed over the seeds.
Cover the can with a lid and place the jar in the oven at 350°F (177°C).
After it’s finished cooking, gently lift the jar out of the oven, allowing the oil to drip off the top.
It should fall into the bottom of the can, where it will be completely covered.
Once the oil has dried, add your Neem seed packets to the jar of oil.
Allow your nees to dry in the sun for one hour or until they are completely covered by the oil.
They should be dry enough to be used, but not too wet.
Transfer your neesa seeds to a container and store them in a cool place.
Enjoy your needas!