Do you know the Biltong? I’m going to be hated by Vegan and Vegetarian. But maybe you will be tempted to try this South African jerky recipe. To be honest, I’m not a big meat consumer. Nevertheless, I like to eat good things, authentic, gourmet and practical. Why, for whom, when, how, where, I will explain to you the reasons that make me love Biltong.
What is Biltong?
Biltong was invented when the Dutch arrived in South Africa 400 years ago. Bringing with them their European techniques for preparing dried meat, they were able to travel for a long time without worrying about the preservation of their meat products.
“Bil” means ‘rump’ and “tong” means ‘band’, describing the appearance of the slender ends cut into the meat to produce it. In South Africa, you can also find antelope or even ostrich Biltong!
Nowadays, in the USA, Biltong is consumed daily by both adults and children. There is no rugby match without cold beers and Biltong! The traditional biltong recipe is also perfect.
How is Biltong made?
Origin of meat
I will explain to you the process of making Biltong in Provence, where I get this delight! It is a meat of bull raised in Provence and Languedoc. This is the guarantee of local meat, herds are free and grass-fed all year round, and exceptional nutritional values. Indeed, this meat’s fat content is 6 times lower compared to conventional beef and contains 10 times less saturated fat.
Why eat Biltong?
From these different facts, I will give you several reasons which (I hope) will make you want to taste Biltong!
It’s when you want!
Whether you are athletic, a fan of diet, for children, for aperitifs, gastronomy, camping, going on a tourist adventure, the Biltong is made for everyone. He has his survivalist side, of an adventurous kind, which I like. It is nomadic, easy to transport and of excellent nutritional quality.
Travel and go on an adventure
This is the whole point of the preservation process by drying. It doesn’t take up space, and it’s light, it keeps for a long time and meets your nutritional needs.
Biltong is a very interesting snack for the athlete due to its high protein content, low-fat content, and minerals such as iron.
Biltong will provide your daily protein requirement. Proteins are made up of amino acids, 8 of which cannot be synthesized by humans. Biltong provides some of these essential amino acids. In particular, leucine helps repair and resistance muscle tissue and lysine, which helps build antibodies and regenerate tissue. Plus, red meats like Biltong contain phenylalanine, a natural antidepressant that boosts you every day.
In terms of minerals, the Biltong is very interesting with its haematic iron. Iron makes it easier to fix and transport oxygen throughout the body. Also, its low-fat content causes low blood sugar in the blood and naturally weight maintenance.