What is Biltong

What is Biltong

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Biltong is a traditional dried meat snack and delicacy enjoyed and loved by Namibians and South Africans alike.  Biltong originated in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.  Biltong can be made from Beef or Game meat, sliced along the grain of the meat.  This meat is Spiced, Salted, Cured and then Dried.  Salt is a natural preservative.  

Biltong vs Jerky

Biltong originated in Southern Africa under the Dutch-Afrikaans people in order to preserve meat supplies and prevent spoiling.  Jerky originated in South America under the Quechua people for exactly the same reasons.  Biltong is only cured and dried, but not treated with heat.  The spices used in the process provide for a wide variety of flavours.  Coriander is a typical example of a spice used in Biltong.  Jerky is treated with heat, after which it is dried.  The texture of Jerky is therefore more chewy.  Biltong is usually sliced thicker than Jerky.  Jerky is often smoked, while Biltong is never smoked.  Biltong is preferred with a layer of fat, while Jerky is trimmed of all fat.  

Biltong vs Jerky

Why Closwa's Biltong

Seventy percent of Namibian produced cattle is slaughtered relatively young, ensuring tender and juicy meat while slaughtering is done under strict, neat and hygienic conditions.  Namibia, a country of unrivalled natural beauty and sun-drenched wide open spaces creates the ideal environment to produce healthy game and beef biltong, our national delicacy.  Since the hunters of days gone by, the natural approach to pure biltong from free ranging animals was not minimised by the advances in technology and hygiene.  The aromatic meat enhanced by selected natural spices will give you the outstanding fresh taste of excellence and purity in our product.  Natures Best!  Coupled with proven Old Time recipes, modern processing and packing ensure that you get ONLY THE BEST!

 

In Namibia and South Africa, you will find our products on the shelves of about any outlet selling foodstuff and snacks.  One last word.  If you travel through central Namibia, stop at Okahandja and pay us a visit at the factory.  Ample parking, shady trees and friendly staff will meet you on your arrival.  Browse through our factory-shop and taste some of our wide range of meat products, prepared according to old and proven recipes.  We look forward to meeting you.