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South African Biltong

The best way I can describe it is almost like Beef Jerky - just much much better.

Biltong is a kind of dried meat that originated in South Africa. Many kinds of flesh can be used to make it, ranging from beef through game meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms.

It is typically made from raw fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. It is similar to beef jerky in that they are both spiced, dried meats but differs significantly in typical ingredients, taste and production process. The word biltong is from the Dutch bil ("rump") and tong ("strip" or "tongue").

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I made my own "Biltong Box" from a few sheets of plywood from Home Depot, some 2 by 2's and a fan from Walmart for the drying. It usually take about 3 days to dry the meat. I prefer it is still a bit soft in the middle and not totally dried out.

Please note that if you live in a humid climate like Florida, the meat has to be dried inside the house or a room where you have air conditioning in to bring down the humidity. Here is a great website explaing Biltong in Detail.