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Using biltong for every occasion

Biltong, like beef jerky, is primarily seen as a road trip staple – a snack for travellers on the go. But unlike beef jerky, biltong is actually incredibly diverse and can be added to your regular diet any day of the week and not just when on the go. Furthermore, it can be a great tool when preparing to host guests. Here are some ways you can use biltong for any occasion. Use biltong when hosting a party   If you’re hosting a cocktail party, or perhaps Christmas dinner is your responsibility this year, biltong is perfect for addition to the appetizer tray. Make up a platter with different types of cheeses and crackers and instead of using salami or...

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Different types of dried meats

Dried, cured meat has existed for hundreds of years. Over time different types of meat, including beef, chicken, fish and game have been adapted into a number of different dried meat forms. Beef jerky, which is smoked, seasoned and cut into strips is much different from biltong, which is cured, air dried and can come in strips, shredded or even in powdered form. But there are a number of other dried meat forms as well. Droewors Droewors, which means “dry sausage”, is another form of dried meat that originates from South Africa. It is made from a thin type of sausage, which helps it dry more quickly and preserve better. While it may take the form of sausage, droewors are...

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Different types of biltong

Traditionally, biltong has been made using beef. This is partly because of the taste and texture it offers. Biltong is both sweet and savoury, with hints of rich spices, while the beef texture can be either soft and juicy or tough and crumbly. But it is also because beef is widely available and cost effective.  However, biltong can also be made using other types of meat besides beef. Chicken, game, ostrich and fish have all been used to make biltong. Biltong can even be made without meat. Mushroom biltong provides a nice vegetarian option that has a similar texture and look to traditional beef biltong. Chicken biltong Instead of salt and vinegar, which is used in the beef curing process,...

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Why biltong is the perfect convenience store snack

Biltong is similar to jerky in that they are both dried meats where the most common ingredient is beef. Beef Jerky has been a convenience store staple for many years, popular among campers, truck drivers and those looking for a convenient and savory road trip snack. While beef jerky is available in nearly every convenience store and grocery store across North America, biltong is not yet as easily accessible. As the popularity of biltong continues to grow, convenience stores would benefit greatly from adding it to their shelves.  Biltong is convenient and delicious Biltong is just as convenient to sell as jerky. It can be packaged similarly and is lightweight. However, biltong differs from beef jerky in taste. Where as...

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Why biltong is the perfect food for hikers

Before refrigerators were invented travellers known as Voortrekkers would cure meat with salt and vinegar and then hang it up to dry, taking out the moisture, while the vinegar would inhibit bacteria growth. This form of meat preservation was crucial to the survival of the Voortrekkers as they migrated from the Cape Colony into South Africa during the Great Trek. Today, modern day hikers use biltong for many of the same reasons. Biltong is nutritious and provides energy When hiking it’s not always possible to stop and prepare an entire meal, but it’s also very important to eat foods that are rich in protein and high in nutrients. Because biltong is typically made from grassfed beef it is low in...

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