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Preserving Meat - The Complete History

Preserving meat has been around since the beginning of time. Man first killed animals and they had to consume all the meat straight away as there was no way to store it.

Families would fest as they did not eat meat every day. Prehistoric man had a diet of berries and roots and meat when they could catch it.

Chickens were easy to domesticate and cows pigs and sheep followed.  In the colder countries in the northern hemisphere, it was easier to store meat as the meat could be stored in a cool chamber under the house or in a separate cool building near the house.

The way the made this was by building a stone wall and a stone roof and packing soil all around it to create a cool interior, there were air holes in the rock to allow air to flow so that moisture would evaporate.

Rabbits were also an easy catch as they were plentiful. People lay snares for them to catch them when they came out to play at night. Rabbits are easy to gut as you make one cut up the middle of the chest and pull on t…
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How I Make Biltong Ready for Saturday!

I make my own biltong at home and I love it.  I start on a Wednesday evening to make sure the biltong is ready by Saturday afternoon! I like to eat biltong and watch Rugby.

I go to my butcher and buy a cut of silverside. I take it home and put the meat onto a breadboard.

I then cut all the sinews off the meat, it looks like a white veil over the meat. I remove some fat but leave some marble on it to add to the flavour.

Cutting the sinews off make the biltong easier and softer to eat.

I then get a spray bottle and fill it with red wine vinegar. I spray the vinegar over the meat and coat both sides. This stops mould from growing on the meat and helps to preserve the biltong.

I then take a cup of Crown biltong spice and pour it liberally over all the biltong making sure to cover all the meat.

I then turn the meat over and recover again with brown spice.

I place the meat into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I put this into the fridge and go to bed.

Before work in the morning, I turn …