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Frequently asked questions about South African biltong

What is biltong?  Biltong is a type of cured, dried meat that originated in South Africa. It can be made using various types of meat, such as chicken, ostrich or game, but it is most commonly prepared using beef. What’s the difference between biltong and beef jerky? While they are similar in that they are spiced, dried meats (and mostly beef), the taste and production processes differ. Jerky is seasoned and smoked, giving it a dry, salty and smoky taste. Biltong on the other hand is cured with salt, vinegar and other spices, and hung to air dry. The result is a thicker and more flavorful meat, with taste elements that are both sweet and salty. When does biltong expire?...

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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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