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Can you use a fan to dry biltong?

Therefore, to get the best results, or have the best chance of drying the biltong in a warm climate is to heat up the air and then forcing a draft through the box. Therefore, try to use the bulb (to heat up the air) and the computer fan(force a draft), this will be the best.

Can you make jerky in a biltong box?

Make your own beef jerky with this Biltong Box all made for $60 and one hour.

How do you dry biltong quickly?

The most important part of drying biltong is to hang your meat strips in a well-ventilated, dry area. This is essential because it helps prevent the growth of mould. Using a fan will help the meat dry faster. If you are making biltong in an area with high humidity, it is essential to use a fan.

Why is biltong illegal?

Biltong, Dutch for “meat strip,” has been eaten in Southern Africa for centuries. The cured snack was originally brought from European settlers and adapted by natives as a hunting snack over the years. Because of the way the meat is cured, it’s illegal to import it into the U.S.

How do I dry biltong without a dehydrator?

With minimal adjustments a home oven can be used, which can actually dehydrate a greater amount of food at once than most store bought dehydrators.

  1. Select Meat.
  2. Trim Fat.
  3. Partially Freeze Meat (optional)
  4. Slice Strips.
  5. Marinade/Season the Meat.
  6. Line oven with foil.
  7. Arrange strips.
  8. Start oven and vent door.

At what temperature do you dry biltong?

Biltong should be dried at low a temperature of around 25–30 °C, you can use higher temperatures but we advise against this because you end up slow cooking your meat.

Is Wet biltong safe to eat?

If you like your biltong slightly wet i.e. not dry all the way through, then this is even more important since the higher the moisture in food the more chance it can get moldy. Storing biltong properly will ensure it keeps it’s taste and is safe to eat.

Why is biltong so expensive?

Why is Biltong so expensive? Reasons are because the process is long, it’s labour intensive and from 1kg of beef at the beginning of the process we only sell 8 bags of biltong by the end.

What can you use instead of a dehydrator?

You don’t even need to buy a dehydrator. Your oven, whether it be full-sized oven or a toaster oven, can dehydrate food perfectly in the same amount of time….You’ll need:

  • Lemon juice (for fruits)
  • Mandolin slicer or knife.
  • Wax paper.
  • Cookie sheets (or any flat pan)
  • Spatula.

Is there a way to dry biltong in a dryer?

You can easily simulate ‘african heat’ by using or making a biltong box dryer. It works in a similar way to the food dehydrator but is less intense. A light bulb (or heat lamp) heats up the box and a fan blows air around the box, the air flows over the meat and out of the holes at the top.

Can you use a food dehydrator to make biltong?

You can also use a regular food dehydrator to make biltong sticks although we do not recommend them for larger biltong pieces as food dehydrators use heat as well as air circulation for drying which does not result in as good a product as just air drying.

Can You Make your own biltong box from scratch?

If you want to make your own biltong box from scratch (as I suspect many South Africans will), the instructions below provide a basic framework to work off. Alternatively, you can purchase a wood cabinet – e.g. from Ikea or your local used or wholesale furniture outlet – then install the pieces such as the light, fan, ventilation, netting.

Where can I find information about biltong cutters?

At you will find lots of interesting information about biltong, its history, how to make it, recipes, spices and lots of other things!!! We also have everything you want to know about Boerewors, Droëwors, Potjiekos as well as lovely South African recipes and spices.