What is biltong?
- BILTONG or strips of dried meat has been around for centuries and its history can be traced to plenty of different cultures, for example the Arabs in the 6th century, Qadid (Arabic)
- Meat preservation has been key to survival since ancient times in South Africa, when the indigenous people of our country sliced their meat, cured it using salt and hung it up to dry.
- The word BILTONG is apparently derived from the Dutch words "BIL" (MEAT) and 'TONG" (STRIP), so basically Biltong means strip of beef.
- Biltong is made from a variety of meats, ranging from game meat, beef, ostrich & now even chicken.
Why does biltong mould?
- Biltong doesn't like high humidity at all and will either mould or even spoil if left long enough in wet conditions.
- Sometimes when drying, biltong might touch & those spots could become mouldy over time
- At The Meat Moghul, all precaution is taken so that our biltong does not get mouldy
- We've introduced O2 Busters which traps oxygen from within the packet. Oxygen assists moisture in getting biltong mouldy.
How long can I store biltong for?
- To prevent your biltong from going mouldy, keep it cool and dry. You can store your biltong in the fridge or in the freezer. It normally will be good for a few days, though if you freeze it, biltong can last for up to a year.
What is The Meat Moghul's return policy?
- We will swap out any prepacked biltong that has gone mouldy prior to expiration date.
Is biltong healthy?
- Biltong's surge in popularity is partly due to its much more favourable nutrient composition compared to many other common snack foods, such as potato chips, cookies, and crackers.
- Biltong is low in fat which makes it a popular weight-reducing diet choice.
- It is naturally gluten-free and is an ideal banting snack.
- It is high in Vitamin B12 which is essential for healthy blood and nerve cells
- Its high protein and low carb contents makes it a good fit for a variety of diets.
- Biltong is also an exceptionally rich source of iron.
What's the difference between biltong & beef jerky?
- Both jerky and biltong use dried meat as their primary ingredient, but the meats are dried differently.
- Jerky is usually roasted or smoked for several hours, whereas biltong is NOT cooked at all.
- Instead, it is soaked in a salt, vinegar & spices before being hung to air-dry. This drying and aging process lasts a few days before it is ready to eat.