September is Heritage month, and the 24th is National Heritage Day, also fondly known as “Braai Day”. Yep, Braai season is the perfect time to bring out the beers, boerie and of course… the biltong!
Biltong – perfect for braai season
This proudly South African treat is brilliant for snacking on while the coals get warm and the conversations flow. NetFlorist is spicing things up this month by showing you how to make your very own biltong at home. We don’t make our own, but we know a thing or two about delicious snacks! Ready to try? Let’s get shopping…
- 300g – 1kg (depending on desired yield) sirloin, fillet or topside steak
- 250ml brown vinegar
- ½ cup ground coriander
- 2 Tbsp ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp sea salt
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- Biltong hooks (available at most butcheries)
- A biltong box (make your own, or buy one from your local supermarket)
Step 1: selection
For beginners, we suggest sticking with beef. You can always experiment with other types of meat when you’re a little more seasoned (get it?). You might want to start a little smaller while you’re experimenting, so get a smaller cut (300g – 500g). Otherwise, if you’re feeling confident about your newfound hobby, go for a 1kg cut.
Step 2: preparation
Remove most of the excess fat but leave a little for added flavour. You’ll also want to take out the gristle and sinew that can often be unpleasantly tough. Slice the meat into strips of about 20cm long and 1cm thick. If you leave it much thicker than that, it will take longer to dry.
Step 3: season
There are many different ingredients that you can use here depending on what sort of taste you’re going for. Mix all of your spices together in a separate bowl – add in chilli flakes if you want something with a little more bite. On a large dinner plate, add a layer of vinegar with a tablespoon of your mixed spices. Mix it on the plate and lay your sliced meat into your basting. Add the same amount of basting to the other side and ensure that all the meat is completely covered.
Step 4: hanging
Pierce your meat (about 4cm in so it doesn’t tear) onto your biltong hooks. Hang the meat in your biltong box, put the lid on and allow it to stand for 2 days. Feel the meat occasionally; if you prefer it softer, take it out earlier, but if you want a tougher finish, leave it a little longer!
In the meantime…
We have a collection of incredible biltong gifts for Braai season or any other occasion, for that matter!
Biltong and Chocs Treat Box
If you’re visiting friends or family for a braai, surprise your host with this gift box filled with Lindt milk chocolate truffles, sliced biltong (100g) and droëwors (100g). Have it delivered nationwide for R199.95.
The Force Biltong Box
Surprise someone with this Biltong Box filled with goodies like sliced beef biltong (100g), droëwors (100g), and a bar of Nestlé Crunch (80g), all packed in a Star Wars-themed box. NetFlorist delivers gifts nationwide! May the wors be with you
Personalised Retro Biltong Cutter
Any biltong lover will adore this unique biltong cutter, personalised with a name, year and message of your choice. Get it delivered as is, or throw in some delicious beef biltong pieces (125g) and droëwors (100g). Go on, make someone’s day!
Personalised Alpage Bubinga Pocket Knife
This Verdier L’Apage folding knife with a French Bubinga wood handle can be personalised with a name of your choice. The knife is 11cm when closed, with the blade at 8cm. This is a lovely gift for Braai Day, and other occasions too. To make the gift really special, add some assorted biltong (325g) as an optional extra. NetFlorist gifts are available for delivery nationwide.
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A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!