Biltong is a traditional dried beef snack from South Africa. Luckily for you guys you can now buy it in the UK!
The lovely people that sent me out the awesome Caveman Kitchen Vegetable Spiraliser also sent me a couple of packets of their biltong for my children to review (as I don’t eat meat). Needless to say my daughter was especially happy as she is the biggest carnivore that I know!
The Caveman Kitchen is a wonderful family-run business who will only feed you what they would only ‘offer their own tribe’.
They offer a monthly biltong subscription service where members get 4x100g bags of their biltong for £30 delivered to their door, working out at less than £1 a day for a portion of biltong. They also offer 3 and 6 month subscriptions too. Oh and if you refer a friend and they sign up you get 1 month subscription for free!
The Caveman Kitchen Biltong comes from grass-fed and organically raised British beef. They use Aberdeen Angus and Hereford Cows (moo) and feed them natural food, in fact these lucky cows get to graze on a mixed saladof 31 different herbs, clovers and grasses! They’re left to roam free in plenty of grassy space too which is just sweet!
Their biltong is sugar and salt free and is available in traditional or peri peri flavour – or if you want you can have a 50/50 mix! It is also available sliced or uncut. Perfect!
Certified Paleo, a natural source of creatine, high protein, low fat, low carb snack! Get in!
So if you’re wondering what the difference between biltong and jerky is I shall explain:
- Biltong is often from thicker cuts of meat. Jerky is thinner!
- Biltong is never smoke, however Jerky often is.
- Biltong is marinated and cured using vinegar, Jerky is cured using salt.
- Biltong is usually more moist than Jerky due to cutting thicker strips.
The Caveman Kitchen Biltong is made by marinating the beef for at least 48 hours. It is then left to air dry and mature in a controlled atmosphere. It is then cut into strips and packed. In fact each piece of their lovely biltong is handpicked, and hand sliced on the day your order is placed!
As you can see the ingredients are all listed complete with the best before date, batch number & weight!
So here’s a little nutritional info:
Beef Steak (200g for every 100g of Biltong)
(Peri Peri spices in the Peri Peri flavour)
Manufactured in a factory that handles nuts, milk, and eggs.
Nutritional Values per 100g:
Calories: 293 Kcal
Total Fat: 4.87g
Saturated Fat: 3.87g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbs: 3g
What the hell are BCAA’s I hear you ask? Branched-chain amino acids! In a nutshell they help to protect your muscles from muscle breakdown! Pretty nifty huh?
Now all of the facts and figures are out of the way what was the verdict from the little munchkins?
Traditional Beef Biltong
The little ones said this this was very chewy with no ‘gristle’, in fact it’s tough and a bit ‘rubbery’, oh and flavoursome! It only had a little hint of vinegar to it, they said it tasted a little salty too. It had only a hint of black pepper to it but they couldn’t distinguish the coriander at all.
“It’s less greasy and leaner than normal beef and it tastes like beef gravy” – this has to be the most constructive quote I managed to get between the two of them.
Peri Peri Beef Biltong
Again this one they said was very chewy – “like overcooked meat”. The chewiness starts of quite strong and then becomes easier to chew. It’s not too fatty and very lean. The peri peri flavour is subtle, it’s definitely not spicy and a little peppery. They said that it had a ‘vinegary’ like taste similar to hot sauce but without the heat.
“It tastes like beef, dried beef” one of them said. I gather that is a very good thing because it is in fact beef.
This biltong is a fab little snack for when you’re on the go. As you can see in the nutritional information it is packed full of nutrition – the BCAA’s make me want to eat this myself but sadly I can’t.
It is a great snack for young and old too, for the sportsperson, for the cheeky kiddies or the cheeky kiddie inside you!
My 2 said that Peri Peri was the best flavour, and my daughter pretty much devoured the entire bag at once!
Where can I get my hands on this fantastic Caveman Kitchen Biltong?!
Great question! Just head on over to the guys at Caveman Kitchen Biltong and make an order! Simple! Buuuuuuut because they are so incredibly generous they have offered to give you all a whopping 20% off of your first order!
All you have to do to claim your discount is go through to the ‘Contact Us’ page
and in the comment/question box mention the discount code GREENSBILTONG20
– they will then contact you to take your order, and apply the discount when they send out the PayPal invoice.
They also can provide a wholesale account with a healthy discount – so if you’re a crossfit box or health food store then you may be interested!
Bag yourselves a biltong bargain guys!