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Biltong - Jerky for men!

18 Aug 2014
@ 12:34 am (GMT)

Mike Neeson

Hello all, while my rifle is out of action, I have been busy. I have tried to connect with a little of my South African heritage and make some Biltong. I built this dryer out of a 120L storage bin



I made the mistake(?) of asking my butcher for a whole silver side. I nearly fainted when he slapped 7kg of beef onto the counter - the one I had from my Fallow was a quarter the size! Anyway, having recovered from the shock, I realised that using the 120L bin had been a good choice after all! I lugged the beef home and set about carving it up. I cut with the grain, long strips about 2" (5cm) thick.



Then painted on some good apple cider vinegar to all sides of the meat. Beef was then sprinkled liberally with an Aussie spice mix I bought off ebay - mainly coriander, salt, pepper and some sugar. This was left in the fridge to marinate for about 6 hours - some recommend 12 hrs. You can experiment with adding tabasco to the vinegar if you like. the vinegar is the preserving agent. Once marinated the strips were hung using paper clips as hooks and the air dried for about 4 days being careful to not let the strips touch each other or anything else for that matter.
Some driers are made with a small 40w light to add heat, by a friend from SA advised that more air and less heat was much better - so I used an extractor fan to pull a heap of air through. This was the result and it's delicious. Some pieces are a little softer than others and when sliced, reminds me of pastrami. The pantry is full of dried meat - awesome quick snack or lunch at work.



Hope the images work...

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18 Aug 2014
@ 01:38 am (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
G'day Mike
Love it, I make heaps of the stuff. I dry mine in a smoker at about 40c with Banksia nuts. Some I cut the venison 5mm thick and dry it completely so I can take it hunting with no refrigeration, I marinate it for 24hrs then about 8hrs in the smoker. Happy to share my recipe if you drop me an email.
Cheers
Bob
18 Aug 2014
@ 02:23 pm (GMT)

Mike Neeson

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Bob, I just read your previous post on Jerky... whoops looks like I doubled up the jerky posts! I think that recipe is in your last post. I'll give it a crack next time. Just have to work my way through this lot!
18 Aug 2014
@ 04:47 pm (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Hi Mike
My mate does similar to you, but hangs his on a string in his garage for around a week. I said what about flies, he recon's the pepper keeps them away????? It ends up as hard as a piece of wood, he then slices it as thin as paper, it tastes good! ! I cut mine into little blocks the size of pieces of chocolate, fill my pocket up when hunting. Little pieces in an omelette tastes good too.
Good luck with it Mike, we need to keep all the old traditions alive.
Cheers
Bob
18 Aug 2014
@ 07:01 pm (GMT)

TONY POTTER

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Hi Mike. Great setup .I'll have to build myself one. Could you tell me where you brought the fan from. Thanks
18 Aug 2014
@ 11:07 pm (GMT)

Mike Neeson

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Hi Tony, not sure if you are in Aus or not, but I bought it from Bunnings - a large hardware store. They normally have a large range of extraction fans in the kitchen/bathroom isle. This particular one is a cheap "Arlec" brand and suited my purpose as it already had a 2 pin plug attached. For the air filters on the bottom inlet holes, I found some large scotchbrite like scourers in the cleaning isle - made by Oates? in think. I delaminated them, cut them into squares and screwed them over the holes to keep the flies out. They have a good open weave that lets plenty of air through. Let me know if you need anything else.
19 Aug 2014
@ 12:50 am (GMT)

TONY POTTER

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Thanks for the info mike. I'm in nz got bunnings over here to.
I'll check them out next time i do a town trip.Be a good project for a rainy day
21 Aug 2015
@ 07:22 pm (GMT)

Francis Saunders

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Hi Mike

I love the set up that you have there. AM going to build one.

Do you have any recipe for game birds.
I get a big surplus of Pheasants with the seaon starting soon here in the UK.
Pigeon all year round.
With the crops coming off the feilds the deer are also starting to move.
Man that just looks so good.
Cheers
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22 Aug 2015
@ 12:39 pm (GMT)

Mike Neeson

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Hi Francis,
I'm not a bird shooter myself so do not have any experience with drying poultry. I did a quick search and found this http://www.howtomakebiltong.co.za/recipe-for-game-birds/
I hope that gives you a few pointers.
Once you dry the meat, freeze it. This will help the biltong last a lot longer.

Good Luck and let us know how you went.
25 Aug 2015
@ 08:36 am (GMT)

Francis Saunders

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
Will do. Our first day is on the 12th of September so I'd better get a scurry on. What did you use for the poles?
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25 Aug 2015
@ 09:15 am (GMT)

Mike Neeson

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
I think they were 6mm dowel? Whatever works for you...
16 Jun 2017
@ 08:40 am (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Biltong - Jerky for men!
We do a variation. A bit of a cheats method.

We use an electric food dehydrator. On high which gets the job done in about 10rs and quicker in the summer.

The meat we use is "minute steaks" a lower quality beef but is fat free and usually have been run through a tenderiser of some kind. The tenderising adds a texture to the meat that helps it hold onto the marinade and also helps it dry. It is probably only 1cm thick though.

Marinade is brown vinegar, crushed coriander seeds, brown sugar, salt and chilli. Sometimes we thrown in some jam or cloves as well.

Let it marinade and then in the dehydrator. Easy as can be :)
 

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