You have two ways to eat biltong: either you make it yourself with the below biltong recipe or you buy it!
Biltong is a very famous snack in South Africa. You can find it in any supermarkets or at pretty much on any till counter around the country! It is like the South African version of the chewing gum!
Biltong was prepared by the pioneers who did not have electricity and did not feel like eating raw meat!
It is an ideal small snack to bring for hikes as it does not melt or turn off with heat or cold!
You can also serve it for aperitif as snacks or in salads.
You can make biltong with any red meat or game such as beef, ostrich, kudu or springbok.
You can also add flavours to make it more interesting such as chilli, coriander seeds, pepper or whatever pleases your palate!
And when you are South African or that you've been living here for many years like me, you have to learn how to make biltong!
2,5 kg (5.5 pounds) lean meat (venison, beef, ostrich, eland or kudu what ever you can find or like)
1/4 cup coriander seeds
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
Cut the meat into strips of more or less 2 cm thick x 5 cm wild.
Roast the coriander seeds in a dry frying pan to bring out the flavour.
Crush lightly with a pestle and mortar.
Mix all ingredients and rub the mixture into the meat stripes.
Pack the meat in layers in dish.
Refrigerate for a day, turning the meat every couple of hours so that the meat flavours evenly. Then hang it up in a cool place to dry (away from flies or insects).
Leave it to dry for about 5 days, depending on the weather and whether you prefer your biltong crisp or slightly moist.
Et voilà, you have made South African biltong!
To eat it, cut thin slices in the width and that is where you appreciate a good knife because it is very hard! So eat it gently... South African are used to give biltong stick to their baby who teethes.
Sausage Machine Equipment
And to make your own biltong I advise you to invest in an efficient sausage machine equipment which will be useful for biltong but also for other sausages that you may want to make at home.
And along with a sausage machine equipment, you should definitely get one useful tool to make very thin slices of biltong (the best!) is to have a very sharp knife...
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