Biltong Recipe: How to Make Biltong
Before you spend 700+ dollars on a biltong maker, you probably already have a much cheaper and more versatile alternative at home: your food dehydrator. You may find instructions on how to make a homemade biltong maker, but if you don’t feel completely safe keeping food near a light bulb in a box, then maybe using your food dehydrator is not only a more economic solution to make biltong, but also a safer one!
How to Make Biltong in a Food Dehydrator
One of the biggest differences between biltong and jerky is the fact that biltong is marinated before it is dried. Which makes step #1:
Creating your Biltong Marinade
- Take vinegar (start with normal vinegar, and then experiment later with different kinds of vinegar)
- Add in sugar (Again, start with normal sugar, then experiment with brown sugar – and let us know what you thought!)
- Add in 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Salt and Pepper (based on preference)
- Add in a heaping tablespoon of crushed coriander seeds
Preparing your Biltong Meat
- We recommend for your first biltong experience to start with London Broil
- While you can absolutely experiment with thicknesses for your biltong jerky, start with biltong that is 1/2 an inch thick
- Cutting off extra fat is a preference
- Add your meat to the marinade, remove the air, make sure the meat is submerged, and refrigerate for 12-24 hours
Dehydrating Your Marinated Biltong
- After you have marinated your biltong meat, it’s now time to use your food dehydrator
- Check the status of the biltong at 8 hours
- You’ll want to set your dehydrator to 140 F (60 C) and dry the meat for about 10 hours
- Some people enjoy their biltong semi-moist on the inside, but we recommend for starters, you aim for dry throughout
We hope you enjoy making biltong – many people say the marinating actually makes the meat taste better than standard jerky! Let us know what you think!
Finally, two bonus videos from youtube that we found very interesting. The first, is someone who puts biltong in their pancakes – and loves it!
The second clip comes from a great use for biltong – for teething!