Ingredient - South Africa
Information about Biltong plus Biltong Recipes
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word BILTONG is derived from the words 'Bil'= buttock or meat and 'Tong' = strip
and indeed that's basically what it is - strips of meat which have been
peoples all over the world and throughout the ages have seen the necessity
to preserve meat in times of plenty to see them through the leaner times and it
is precisely for these reasons that Biltong was invented.
African pioneers found it expedient to sun dry meats during their long and often
arduous trek. Little or no fresh meat was taken at the start of their journey.
Various meat was and
still is used, game, ostrich and beef amongst them.
ingredients use in the preparation of Biltong were readily available in
the early colony. The French Hugenots were already producing wine and
vinegar from their grape crops and as mentioned in the main South Africa Cooking
By Country page, the colony was a stopover for European Spice traders.
of soda is also added to prevent moulding and saltpeter gives it the lovely
the Biltong industry is huge and biltong is probably one of the most sought
after delicacies in Southern Africa by both the inhabitants and tourists alike.
can find recipes using this classic ingredient on the main South Africa Cooking by Country Page.
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