Monday, September 19, 2011


Biltong is South African dried meat. Many different types of meat used in the production, ranging from beef through game ostrich fillets on commercial farms.

Biltong is usually made from either beef or game. Game biltong is made of various bucks, such as impala, kudu and wildebeest. Ostrich biltong is also great. Game biltong generally less fatty beef, so if you're watching your character will know where to go.

Ideally, the meat is marinated in vinegar (cider vinegar is a traditional, but the balsamic vinegar also works very well) a couple of hours, and finally paid before the taste of meat.

Mix spices traditionally composed of a lot: salt, whole coriander, black pepper and sugar cane. This mixture is then ground roughly together, sprinkled with a lot of meat on the follow-up treatment saltpetre is voluntary and you can also add additional preservatives (necessary for biltong wet should not be frozen).

The meat should be left for a few hours (or refrigerate overnight), and the excess liquid is poured off before the meat is hung to the desiccator.

It is usually dried in cold air (rural), cardboard or wooden boxes (city) and temperature-controlled drying room (commercial). According to the spices, a variety of variants being produced. Biltong can also be done in cold climates, using a torch to dry the meat, but care must be taken to ventilate because mold can start to form on the meat.

A traditional dry slowly deliver a media diet for about 4 days.

Apparatus for convection oven 40-70 ° C (100-160 ° F), breaking the door open to let out the moist air can dry the meat for about 4 hours. Despite the slow-dried beef is considered by some a better tasting, oven-dried ready to eat after a day or two to prepare.