The Original Low Fat Energy Snack

Historically dried and cured meats can be found in many cultures.  Until the invention of refrigeration, and its introduction on a mass scale, meat has presented a dilemma for the human race.  It’s an ideal source of protein and energy but it goes off very quickly indeed. 

Efficent Snack on The Run or Hunt

The Original Low Fat Energy Snack

Early hunter-gatherers expended a great deal of energy in tracking down a two for one offer on Mammoths and early hunter-gatherers wives spent a great deal of energy and thought in coming up with ways to prepare, cook and store the stuff.  Drying or air curing provided a great solution and for the next few millennia cured meat became a staple part of the human diet. It’s a perfect solution even in modern times when the ideal snack needs to be tasty and low-fat.

Health Ahoy

As the European settlers of the 16th and 17th century set off to check out whether the world really was flat, and if there were any spare bits that nobody was using, they took dried or cured meats with them.  As it turned out, there were quite a lot of people already using vast tracks of the surprisingly round planet and most of them already new about curing meat.  Early Dutch settlers in South Africa had taken cured meat with them on their ships, and on arrival they found that there was a plentiful supply of the raw material in the form of wild game.  The hard settler lifestyle needed the same technique to prepare and store meat and as a result that typically South African product Biltong was born.  It’s likely that traditional tribes in the region also had their own forms of dried meat and as the two cultures mixed, new techniques and ingredients were combined to old ideas, to create the range of biltong available today. 

The Best Bits

In South Africa you don’t have to go far to come across biltong on sale but it can be harder to source in the UK and other European countries.  Today much biltong is made from beef – though game is still common in South Africa.  In the UK, biltong is most likely to be of the beef variety, although some enterprising farmers have diversified into producing Ostrich meat, which also creates a great ingredient for biltong.

Lean Protein Energy

The meat that is used in biltong production is nearly always taken from the leanest cuts of meat. High quality beef and low fat meats are the main basis and these create an extremely healthy, low fat source of protein and energy. This makes them popular alternatives tomore unhealthy snacks.  Today, the healthy qualities of biltong mean that it is increasingly acknowledged as an energy food and is growing in popularity with mountaineers, cyclists and athletes in the UK. 

Where to Find it

Biltong in the UK was originally hard to source, with shops and outlets catering mainly to South African students and ex-pats.  Today a number of manufacturers and producers in the UK are catering to a wider audience – with at least one well known TV cook being a fan of biltong.  Now available in a number of supermarkets, it is also found in pubs, bars and at garage forecourts across the country.  It creates an ideal food to be eaten on the go, but is versatile enough to be used in soups, stews, pates and salads, adding an exotic touch.  One thing that biltong doesn’t share with other healthy foods and snacks is the taste.  Biltong tastes great! Created and cured with a mix of herbs and spices its a ready made healthy ingredient to add to any meal or simply to have handy on explorations of the more modern kind.

The must have energy food for explorers for hundreds of years, biltong provides an excellent balance of low fat, high energy protein, ideal for mountaineering, cycling, running and discovering if the earth is flat or round.

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