What is the difference between Jerky and Biltong?
Biltong is air dried, whilst jerky is baked and or smoked with flavours. Jerky is also traditionally allot thinner and drier than biltong, with biltong being more moist. As Biltong is air dried, all the enzymes in the meat are intact and living, which is good for you! Biltong's main drying process involves; spices, salt and vinegar. When jerky is made vinegar does not generally get used. Biltong takes approximately 7-12 days to dehydrate and will loose up to 50-60% of moisture, keeping all the vitamins, iron and mineral content. Whereas jerky can be dried in around 6-12 hours by baking in an oven, smoker or a dehydrator. Jerky is normally seasoned with a marinade or rub (spice blend) then sliced and dried.