Best home made snack---Biltong!!

Last year I shared my love of biltong on here which is simply dried, cured meat that originated in Southern Africa. I have had a love for this for many year but it starts to get expensive when you eat it as much as I do,I had to find a way to be able to enjoy but not spend as much money as I had been and since my oldest daughter loves it just as much as I do.

The answer was simple lets make it at home. We brought a cheap biltong box off the internet which is basically a plastic storage box with plastic rails a lamp fitting for a bulb and a fan.





we buy our meat from a local abattoir..yes I know some people may not like it but at the end of the day the meat is always fresh the day we go and has not been sitting in lorries or shelves of the stores for goodness knows how long.
We normally buy around 3kg which once it is dried will be around 1.5kg or close enough,
It normally costs around £4.50 per KG for the really nice parts.

Once we get it home we cut it in to the size peices that we want and rub it in bilong which we buy online it is around £for 1Kg which really does long a long way because you do not need too much of it.

We normally leave ours over night and hang in the box the next day with the lamp and fan on depending how dry you want it and how bi/thick your cuts are depends how long you leave it for but around 3-5 days.





Here is one that has been done and ready to be sliced and enjoyed with a nice drink.


Works out to be better in the long run to do it ourselves and the kids love getting involved and they are always excited to check on it through the top daily.

What is your favourite snacks that you make at home?

41 comments:

  1. wow I've learnt something today, I had no idea you could make your own biltong !

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    1. I looked it up online because I was so sick of spending a lot of money to buy some that someone else had made,it is so easy, takes a few days but well worth it.

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    2. Now I'm even more intrigued. I really want to try this!

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  2. I think biltong is maybe what we call beef jerky here in the US? I am not 100% sure, but it seems very similar.

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  3. It is similar but it is not jerky,actually biltong is a lot nicer :)

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    1. From what I read on Wiki (cause that is accurate, right? LOL) bitlong is similar to jerky. It's the same basic process , but the difference is the cut and style of meat along with the spices. And by jerky in America, I mean homemade and not the overly processed store bought crap.

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  4. I have never heard of this before - showing my hubby. I think he would really like making biltong.

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  5. I want to try this now, if you think it's better than jerky. :) I'm all about great snacks (and if the ingredients are more local, I'm definitely on board!)

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  6. Wow, that is fascinating and sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing this -- I had no idea about any of it!

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  7. I have never heard of blitong. It looks just like beef jerky - is that what it is?

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  8. Biltong sounds delicious! I love beef jerky, so this is right up my alley!

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  9. Wow, you learn something new everyday! Looks great, I would love to try it!! If it is better than beef jerky, it has to be good because I love that!

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  10. My Hubs likes dried meats. He would call it jerky, even if you told him it was biltong. He would still say jerky.

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    1. Biltong, jerky. Whatever you call it, it looks amazing.

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  11. This looks a lot like American jerky to me. If not, I've no idea what biltong is.

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  12. I love beef jerky. I know I would probably like blitong too.

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  13. A lot of Texans have their meat slaughtered. It's a better deal and it is much fresher. I did have to google.. abattoir.

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  14. This is the first I've heard of biltong, I'm guessing it's a bit like beef jerky. I'd totally try it!

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  15. I've never heard of biltong before. I learned something new today

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  16. This does sound quite like beef jerky but I would be willing to try it at least once.

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  17. I've never heard of this before but it sounds like something my hubs would love. He'll be even more excited to know he can make it at home!

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  18. My son in law would love to try this. He loves making new things like this!

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  19. I am guessing your Biltong is the same thing as jerky? Either way, I really enjoyed this post because I learned your process!

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  20. I have never tried bitlong, but it does sound better to make it yourself as opposed to store bought.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  21. I have never heard of bitlong before. I really need to give this a try. I love learning new things.

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  22. I have no idea what this is but I think I may love this. How cool. If it's like above mentioned Jerky, my husband and 2 girls Would be in heaven!

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  23. This looks like a delicious snack. It does look just like Beef Jerky. I would love to try some.

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  24. This is a great recipe, should be far more cheaper making your own; this stuff can be a bit expensive!

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  25. I was thinking the same as Robin. Must be like our beef jerky. Sounds yummy!

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  26. Never actually heard of bitlong before, but it looks pretty yummy; I should try making it sometime!

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  27. Interesting! I enjoy mixing my own trail mix, but that's about it!

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  28. Wow, this is like beef jerky but probably 100 times better? I would love to try to make this, my husband would love it.

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  29. I have never heard of biltong before. Like most folks are saying, it is a lot like American jerky, but more the homemade kind and not the over processed store bought kind.

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  30. This is right up my daughter's alley. She'd love it, I know. I bet her two older brothers would love it too.

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  31. My brother would really enjoy something like this. He is on a low carb diet and eats a lot of meat.

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  32. Yeah it looks like beef jerky. I've never heard of bitlong before! Amber N

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  33. For some reason this has me craving suya now. I don't have any suya but I have some jerky in my pantry. It will have to do.

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  34. That is anew word for me. I had no idea it was called that

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  35. I absolutely LOVE that this can be a family project. I'm adding it to my to do list to try and make. Love it and thanks for sharing.

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  36. This reminds me of Beef Jerky. Me and my daughter love it and yes it can get expensive if you eat it as much as we do. lol

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  37. This sounds fantastic. I have not heard of this.

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