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Finding the perfect biltong

Biltong comes in a lot of different shapes, sizes, textures and so on, which can make it difficult to know which kind you will like, especially if you’ve never tried it. Focusing on what flavors and textures you enjoy, along with what kinds of cooking you intend to use biltong in will be very helpful when making your biltong selection. Biltong can come in different shapes and sizes  Original sliced biltong is fairly thin, which makes it perfect as an on-the-go snack. It also makes it easy to add to salads, crumble into soups, or use in place of salty and unhealthy processed meats on a sandwich. But many people prefer their biltong in thicker slices, or even in chunks....

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What is the difference between biltong and beef jerky?

While biltong and beef jerky are similar in that they are both dried meats, there are three main differences between the two, namely the ingredients, taste and production process. Biltong and beef jerky use different secondary ingredients Although beef is most commonly used in both biltong and jerky, the beef used in biltong is generally much thicker due to the cut of the meat and slower drying time. Typically biltong meat is cut into strips that are one inch wide – sometimes thicker – where as jerky is normally very thin.  Vinegar, salt and spices are added to biltong and, together with the drying process, cure the meat. Jerky is also dried, but without the addition of vinegar and salt....

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What is biltong?

Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. It’s similar to beef jerky in composition, although the taste and production processes are much different. The word biltong comes from the Dutch word bil meaning “rump” and tong meaning “strip” or “tongue”. Biltong is made using various types of meat Biltong uses raw fillets of meat, which are cut into strips along the grain of the muscle or sliced across the grain. Different types of meat including chicken, fish, game and ostrich meat are all used to produce biltong. However, the most commonly used meat is beef. Beef is the primary meat because of its widespread availability and low cost. Biltong is made using a curing...

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