Inside Look: Local meat market ramping up production for Czech days

With an estimated 30,00 people showing up for the festivities, the local meat market is working around the clock.

WILBER, Neb. (KLKN) – With Czech days coming up August 6,7 and 8, Karpisek’s Market is kicking their meat production into high gear.

They estimate around 30,000 or more people to show up for the weekend, and to feed that amount of people, the market staff are working around the clock to get it all done in time.

“We’ve got to start about a month and a half ahead of time to get enough product made,” said Russ Karpisek, owner of Karpisek’s Market.

Karpisek gave us an in-depth look at how they made their famous hot dogs, using a recipe from the Czech Republic that is more than 150 years old.

“We use all mulberry wood that we get outside of town, and we smoke them for 3 or 4 hours usually, bring them in and we water cook them at 160 degrees, we don’t boil them, if we were to boil them they would break, from there they go into a cold water bath for about 10 mins and then they hang to dry and then they go to the cooler over night and packaged the next day,” said Karpisek.

In total, the market is making about 2,000 pounds of product a week.

As for meat shortages due to the pandemic, Karpisek says that he spends a lot of time on the phone, making sure they will have enough meat to make their product.

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