Biltong is traditional South African beef snack cut into strips, seasoned and dried in a unique and highly nutritious way to produce tasty biltong. Biltong uses South African spices and herbs that brings the authentic true taste of Africa. Biltong with food is subject to the verdict of personal taste, which varies from individual to individual. Some like it regular (plain), mild (a bit spicy) and hot/spicy.
The most interesting thing about biltong is, it can be eaten anywhere when craving for a snack in between meals. Biltong is a most sought after snack by sport players, especially rugby, cricket, football, baseball, soccer etc. Biltong is a great lunch –box beef snack for people who are healthy conscious and active. For those who drink in pubs, you find them chatting and watching spot while snacking biltong. Biltong is popular among campers, truck drivers and those looking for a convenient and savory road trip snack. Biltong is a natural source of protein and iron, making biltong a source of nourishment. Biltong can last for months when stored properly.
Biltong and Beef Jerky are similar 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, 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 differs from jerky in three distinct ways:
The meat used in biltong can be much thicker; typically, biltong meat is cut in strips approx. 1″ (25 mm) wide – but can be thicker. Jerky is normally very thin meat.
The vinegar, salt and spices in biltong, together with the drying process, cure the meat as well as adding texture and flavour. Jerky is traditionally dried with salt but without vinegar.
Jerky is often smoked; biltong is never smoked.