This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Aris Stathakis)
Subject: Re: Help I want some Biltong !
Organization: Micro & Peripheral Distributors (Pty) Ltd.
Date: Sat, 04 Jun 1994 16:42:58 GMT
Keywords: Biltong Swop
How To Make Real South African Biltong
(C) Copyright 1994 Aris Stathakis (email@example.com)
Beef (Preferably Silverside/London Broil)
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
Coarse Ground Coriander
Vinegar (preferably Apple-Cider vinegar)
Get some half-inch thick strips of beef (silverside - called London
Broil in the US). Make sure it's cut _with_ the grain. The pieces
should be about 6 inches long. Liberally sprinkle rock-salt on each
side of the pieces of meat and let them stand for an hour. The longer
you let it stand the saltier it will become.
After the hour, scrape off all the excess salt with a knife (don't
soak it in water!). Then get some vinegar - preferably apple-cider
vinegar, but any vinegar will do. Put some vinegar in a bowl and dip
the strips of meat in the vinegar for a second or so - just so that
the meat is covered in the vinegar. Hold the biltong up so that the
excess vinegar drips off.
Then sprinkle ground pepper and ground coriander over the meat on all
Once you have done this, the meat is ready to dry. There are several
methods of drying. One is to hang it up on a line in a cool place and
have a fan blow on it. This method is a bit difficult because if the
air is humid the meat can spoil. The method I use is a home-made
'Biltong Box'. This is basically a sealed wooden box (you can use
cardboard if you like) with holes in it and a 60w lightbulb inside.
Just hang the meat at the top of the box, and leave the lightbulb on
at the bottom. The heat from the lightbulb helps dry the meat (even
in humid weather) in about 3-4 days. Remember, the box must be closed
on all 6 sides except for a few holes (as per the diagram below). The
whole theory behind this method is that hot dry air rises thus drying
the biltong. The holes are quite important as they promote good air
circulation in the box.
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