About two weeks ago Wyn bought us a biltong maker! It's a Mellerware Biltong King. Got it for R300 from Kalahari, bargain!
At first we did some dried apple and dried strawberry to test it out, while we waited to get the proper spice from the inlaws - it worked well for the fruit, the strawberry was especially yummy.
Last week we started with biltong strips. We got four flavours from Mom-in-law: Original biltong, BBQ, Chili, and Coriander.
We bought 1kg of silverside steak at the butcher, Wyn cut off the excess fat and cut into strips, divided into four, so that we could try all four spices. I was so impressed with Wyn. Who knew he was such a pro at making biltong!
The biltong was ready after 3 nights! So quick, woohoo!
One mistake we made, was that we used wire paperclips to hang the strips. (The hooks supplied are plastic, but weren't enough for all our strips.) Big mistake! That part of the biltong stick has a very horrible sharp metallic taste, oops. Had to cut that piece off each one. Nala didn't complain though!
Our favourite flavour was the chili one. They all needed quite a bit of extra salt.
Our second batch we did only chili and bbq, with added salt, and they came out great!
We put our third batch in last night, we did chili again, hehe, and then coriander with extra salt and pepper. Already impatient for them to be ready.
I'm stoked about this, because biltong is specifically the main snack the dietician recommended for me, and I'm trying really hard to stick to her plan. Biltong sticks on tap - perfect! ;-)