Tuesday, November 12, 2013

biltong

Gloomy Tuesday...even the boys stayed inside most of the day.

An otherwise dreary day was saved by a package in the mail all the way from South Africa.  This is the reciprocal gift for the snakeskin I sent to my friend Josie Borain a couple of months ago.  Ronald Nelson (the nicest guy in Texas) just happened to call me right after I had opened up the box.  I described the contents and said along with the other stuff there were 2 bags of something called biltong.  He knew exactly what it was so I didn't have to google it.  What's this world coming to when a Georgia hillbilly has to tell a former New York City sophisticate that biltong is South Africa's version of jerky!  One package is marked beef and the other is kudo.  I did have to google kudu - African antelope....or perhaps something more exotic:
"Of the 146 samples tested over 100 contained undeclared meat species. All the samples marked beef were correctly labelled, but for the most badly labelled case 92 percent of packets of kudu biltong contained different species such as horse, giraffe, pork beef and even kangaroo.    42,48,58,0,W,0

10 comments:

shawn said...

Sounds nasty. I hope there is no poodle biltong!

Dani said...

John - lucky you - "billies" is not cheap LOL

Did Josie explain what the pointy red thing is? It's meant to be fixed to your vehicle's radiator grill - and is sold to raise funds and create awareness of the senseless and hectic poaching of our endangered rhino's for Eastern medicine.

remmij said...

processed bush meat… at least with potted meat there is that little FDA logo, but who knows? maybe Karl Childers had it right…
anyway, circle of life, see ancient Egypt ref:
Fisi
if it has legs, fits in the can and isn't the table…
btw, don't give the Middle East a pass on the rhino decimation - Janbiya

Dani said...

remmij - Unfortunately, they are not just using the horn for Janbiya - they also beieve that the dosing themselves with the rhino horn (which is composed of keratin - the same as in hair and nails) has medicinal benefits http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_medicine

John Wells said...

Thanks for the info Dani...Josie explained it after I posted the picture on Facebook. http://rhinoseday.com/the-rhinose/

Erik said...

Biltong is a wonderful treat. Cut it thin like shavings. Enjoy with a frosty beverage. If you read about how to make it you'll see your already setup to make your own.

Rita B. said...

Your boy's are looking great and so handsome. The different horn development is interesting.

Dani said...

John - You OK after eating your "billies"?

frann said...

Dani sent me a nice present once and I will have it on a wall soon!

Ny Biltong said...

Buy biltong in New York Biltong and choose the way you like it from traditional to spicy biltong. Various sizes are made available to fit your recipe such as chunks, slabs, chips, slices and droewors. If you want to have an instant snack, you can buy the snack size and you can serve this for a family or friends’ get together. At New York Biltong, you can buy biltong with less fat, spicy and in garlic flavor. You can call or email them anytime and they will ship the biltong to you right away.