Beef Jerky and Biltong Compared
how does beef jerky differ?
Biltong is a spiced and cured meat that originated in South Africa and eaten as a healthy snack. Many different types of meat can be used to produce Biltong, ranging from beef through to game meats and fillets of ostrich from commercial farms.
South African Biltong is typically made from fresh fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle. Biltong is similar to Beef jerky however the production processes are different as Jerky is firstly cooked then dried, whereas Biltong is spiced, cured and dried. The word biltong is from the Dutch bil (“rump”) and tong (“strip” or “tongue”).
Biltong differs from jerky in three distinct ways:
- The meat used in biltong can be much thicker; typically biltong meat is cut in strips approx 1″ (25 mm) wide – but can be thicker. Jerky is normally very thin meat.
- The vinegar, salt and spices in biltong, together with the drying process, cures the meat as well as adding texture and flavour. Jerky is traditionally dried with salt but without vinegar.
- Jerky is often smoked, biltong is never smoked.
Facts about Biltong
Biltong is a spiced and cured meat that originated in South Africa and is eaten as a healthy snack. Many different types of meat can be used to produce Biltong, ranging from beef through to game meats and fillets of ostrich from commercial farms.
When Dutch settlers arrived in South Africa in 1652 the hot climate made it important to find a way to preserve meat. The resourceful “Voortrekkers” quickly learned the skills of the indigenous peoples which they combined with a few tricks of their own to make biltong.
Biltong is a food snack that’s a natural source of Protein, Iron and Creatine, which makes it a healthy source of nourishment that tastes delicious. Biltong is a great lunch-box snack and is fast becoming a favourite food snack for professional sports men and women as well as people who are active, training regularly, or simply health conscious.
Very few products are high in both protein and creatine, however due to our slow curing process our Biltong naturally retains these vital elements. Biltong can aid in training, particularly as a strength training supplement.
Typical Values Per 100g:
Calories 249 kcal
Fat 3.8g of which saturates 1.4g