Cured meats, better known as biltong and droëwors, have become an integrated part of the South African culture. This ever-popular snack has been around for centuries, with a history dating back to the indigenous Khoi Khoi, who preserved meat by cutting it into slices, curing it with salt and then letting it dry. Today, this delicacy is most often enjoyed during all South African sport games, with wine, beer, cheese and various other foods.
At SA Biltong Master, biltong and droëwors is our passion. We sell a large selection of top quality, delicious biltong products. Our dedication to our products and the upkeep of our shops in Somerset West, Kuils River, Sunningdale and Blouberg, are what makes us one of the preferred choices for those seeking biltong in Cape Town, the surrounding areas as well as wider afield through our exports.
Curing meat used to be of crucial importance to prevent meats from spoiling. European settlers (from Germany, France and the Netherlands) introduced vinegar to the preserving process. The spices associated with biltong nowadays, usually pepper, cloves and coriander, were introduced by the Dutch. Today, vinegar, salt and other spices serve a dual function – they preserve the meat and add its great texture and memorable flavour.
This ancient curing method was and can be used to cure various kinds of meat in South Africa. Most of the biltong available to customers today is produced from beef. This is mainly because beef is widely available and relatively cheaper. More costly options for biltong are made from a range of game meats. To ensure the best quality biltong, manufacturers make use of top-grade meats, and only use the finest cuts, including fillet, sirloin, and topside or silverside steak cuts. Apart from beef and game, biltong products can be produced from chicken, fish, ostrich and even pork.
Biltong and droëwors products are commonly available at most South African butcheries and retail stores, but buying your biltong directly from a specialist shop will ensure exceptional quality and allows clients to find products that suit their taste. Here you can specify whether you want your biltong “moist” or “dry,” and whether you want a lot of fat, or not. As one of the top retailers of biltong in Western Cape and other areas, clients will be delighted by the variety of products available in store at SA Biltong Master.
If you would like more information on the products that we have available, you are welcome to browse through our product range, or give us a call.