in all the biltong jerky threads I havent seen u post that pic. Show more pics so people can replicate. Or make a wiki.QldKev said:There's a lot of us who make it. I also live next to the ocean and also in Queensland, so humidity it is for me, and I make it often.
edit: This is what I've been running for the past about 7 years. Works a treat
I agree that the issues are pathogens, but just to clarify, salami is cured and dried at low temperatures (12C), while biltong (as I understand it) is at higher temperatures. Also, salami has the issue of grinding meat, where some pathogens (like C. botulinum) which are anaerobic, are taken from the exposed outer surface of the meat, minced and packed into the anaerobic interior in casings. So botulism would be a bigger issue for salami than biltong.QldKev said:But salami etc pose the same risks.
correct which is why with homemade non heat treated salami they make the salamis thinner to help dry out the salami faster and not risk spoilage and botulism. there is a salami thread going into great detail on this if you want to read it.Kaiser Soze said:I agree that the issues are pathogens, but just to clarify, salami is cured and dried at low temperatures (12C), while biltong (as I understand it) is at higher temperatures. Also, salami has the issue of grinding meat, where some pathogens (like C. botulinum) which are anaerobic, are taken from the exposed outer surface of the meat, minced and packed into the anaerobic interior in casings. So botulism would be a bigger issue for salami than biltong.
Hi Felton and other meat eaters,felten said:Do you have a recipe/method for traditional biltong then?
[ed] Serious question!
A teaspoon of bicarb in your spice blend prevents the mould quite well and does not affect the tasteQldKev said:Mould is one issue, but the main issue from my understanding is the microbial pathogens, such as e.coli. But salami etc pose the same risks. A good dose or salt helps reduce a lot of issues. I've eaten it for many years and have not had an issue yet, touch wood. Just be careful in the preparation and keep the air moving during curing/drying. I always eat some 24 hours prior to giving it to younger/older people.
Hi StagwaStagwa said:Hi Felton and other meat eaters,
It’s pretty hard to come by “traditional” recipes as I have found the Afrikaners are very protective of their family recipe and method, believing it is the best because they have a special “secret” ingredient like a shot of brandy, a pinch of XXX etc. They would all be variations of a similar recipe.
Most of the Biltong available in Oz would not sell well in South Africa. If you want to make biltong that will taste like that which available in S.A. at most Biltong shops or butchers I would recommend trying one of the commercial spice mixes available in Oz, preferably one that comes from S.A. Once you have the “taste memory” you could work out your recipe from the basic one below. Personally I wouldn’t use the Springbok foods spice, too me the colour looks odd (compared to others I have used and seen) and it looks like there is fair amount of sugar in it, Springbok foods Biltong is rather different from what you would get in Biltong shop in SA.
The ideal Biltong is still soft inside, lightly salted and spiced with coriander to enhance the flavour of the meat. Try this recipe varying the amounts of salt, pepper and coriander until you find you happy place. After a few batches you will be able to make biltong by “feel”, this is a good starting point from an S.A. cookbook and the amount are approximate:
2.5 KGs of fresh, good quality roasting meat – Silverside and Topside are my pick.
50 ml good quality salt
80 ml Coriander
15ml fleshly ground black pepper
Good quality vinegar – malt or red wine
- Dry roast the coriander lightly in a dry frypan, grind about 70% very fine and the remainder course – this is the most important flavour in biltong
- Remove all the fat off the meat – you can leave it on as it will also get flavoured and “cure” and is considered by many South Africans as essential and the best part, I don’t but I’m probably in the minority.
- Slice the meat with the grain into strips of about 2cms by 3 – 5 cms with practice you will find you happy place
- Layer the meat in you marinading dish (glass or plastic) sprinkle lightly with the vinegar and then the spices (salt, pepper, coriander) judge it so that you use the last of the spices on the last piece of meat
- Refrigerate for a day or over night turning and mixing the meat regularly so that it all marinades evenly
- Hang in your drying box
- Enjoy with you favourite homebrew
Airflow and humidity reduction is very important as is keeping the flies away
Use good quality, fresh meat and ingredients for best results
Don’t over do the salt
Don’t overdo the vinegar; we are not trying to pickle the meat
If you need to store it then you are doing it wrong!!! It can be stored in the fridge in a zip lock bag with all air removed for a few days or frozen for ages – let it come to room temp before eating to get the best flavour.
Look on the internet for inspiration and recipes – the best recipes would follow a similar method.
Don’t tell your S.A. mates that you can make biltong until you can produce a shitload in 1 go!