What is Jerky and Biltong?

It’s a question that we get asked a lot and we know that these snacks are still a relatively unknown healthy, high protein, gluten free snack.  With some of our 25g packs being under 100 calories too.

Let us explain…

Beef jerky is made using beef silverside that is marinated, slowly cooked and smoked. It is then sliced and packed, then sold as a tasty and nutritious snac

Beef Biltong is also a high protein meat snack, but the main difference being that biltong is air dried rather than cooked and smoked.  We make our biltong to an authentic South African recipe.

We also make…

Chicken Jerky from 100% British chicken breast and salmon jerky from Scottish farmed Atlantic Salmon.

Both jerky and biltong are highly popular with athletes and anyone looking for post-workout snacks, as both products are high in protein and relatively low in fat. This also makes jerky and biltong a relatively healthy snack when compared to products such as crisps, biscuits and chocolate, and hence why it’s also so popular as a snack at home or for those on the move and at work to include in your packed lunch.biltong hanging room

All our jerky is made in the Highlands of Scotland and our biltong in our unique drying room in Milton Keynes.

Jerky has its origins in North America with early settlers observing indigenous people preparing and eating a type of dried meat, which inspired them to develop the food we now know as jerky. Biltong comes from South Africa, and again it was a dried meat the indigenous people produced which the settlers from Europe took a lead from, and went on to develop biltong. Interestingly, the name biltong comes from the Dutch words ‘bil’, meaning rump, and ‘tong’ meaning strip or tongue. The name jerky seems less obvious when its roots are explored, but none the less it comes from the Quechua (an ancient language spoken in the Andes) word ch’arki which simply means ‘dried, salted meat’.

Another reason for jerky and biltong’s popularity is the fact that it’s so convenient to buy and store, as it doesn’t need refrigeration and, doesn’t need to be eaten straight away so you can keep spare packs for when you need to banish those hunger pangs.

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