Peterson, 59, grew up in Waukesha, graduated from UW-Whitewater and spent 30 years in manufacturing earlier than retiring. He works half time within the distillery at Wollersheim Vineyard close to Prairie du Sac and started gathering walnuts at his house close to Summers Christmas Tree Farm off Airport Street in about 2013. He tinkered round with recipes and processes to scrub and extract nuts earlier than going industrial in 2015.
“After I discuss to people on the farmers markets they arrive by they usually say, ‘Wow, that’s a number of work,’” Peterson stated. “It retains me sane and retains me out of hassle.”
He bought the Nut Wizard on-line for about $75 however used his manufacturing background to assemble a tool in his storage to take away the inexperienced outer husk from the nut. It’s primarily a spare tire from a trailer that’s powered by an electrical motor and resembles a pitching machine that squishes the husk off the nut when it’s pressed in opposition to a metal plate.
The nuts are then positioned in a water trough. Those who float are discarded, since they aren’t absolutely developed, whereas those who sink are transferred to a home-designed, and hand-cranked, metal washer. After 5 minutes, the batch is eliminated, hosed off with clear water after which positioned on drying racks within the driveway. After a number of days, the nuts are cured in onion luggage and hung within the storage for six weeks.
Then the cracking, choosing and bagging begins. It brings again recollections of his grandfather who lived in Eastman, close to Prairie du Chien, and who sometimes would choose up walnuts, unfold them out within the driveway and use the household automobile to drive over the fruit in an effort to take away the husks. On some events, Peterson, then a toddler, would sit in his grandfather’s lap and “steer.” However his grandfather’s love was hickory nuts, one other difficult nut to crack.