Great success with germinating seeds in filter paper and transplanting the sprouted seeds to starter trays. In some cases there was nearly 100% germination. Most of the seed packs were a year or more older. It is a bit tedious transplanting the sprouted seeds with tweezers tho. In previous years I would start many trays to get the plants I needed for the garden.
Well, it took 14 days, but, my favorite pepper the Corno Rosso (4) have germinated and I have put them in the starter tray. Started more eggplants (2a). Started more bell peppers (7a). In only 8 days I got germinations for my other favorite pepper, the Hungarian Hot Pepper (9a), started a bunch of these. Only about half the Sweet Bannana pepper (8) seeds germinated, they are in the trays now.
In a previous post I credited this method to Mel Bartholomew in his Square Foot Gardening book. In today's planting I varied the procedure and planted in a tray of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix instead of vermiculite.