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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Preppers Best Tasting Survival Food Recipe

Does your food pantry have what it takes to survive? One item a prepper’s food pantry must have to survive a catastrophe is South African biltong.


Preppers or survivalists are people who are actively preparing for emergencies, and who has prepared to survive in the anarchy of an anticipated breakdown of society. 

Dehydration or drying of lean meat under natural conditions has been practiced for centuries. Beef and buffalo meat as well as goat and game meats such as deer and antelopes are best suited for dehydration. 

Biltong is a traditional dried meat from Southern Africa however, biltong is not beef jerky. Biltong is substantially softer and thicker than jerky because it is air-dried whole for around 20 days and then cut into the desired amount. 


How to Sun Dry Lean Meats, the Suspension Method


The basic traditional drying method of meat is called sun drying, done by direct solar radiation and natural air circulation.

One item a prepper’s food pantry must have to survive a catastrophe is South African biltong. The basic traditional drying method of meat is called sun drying, done by direct solar radiation and natural air circulation.In a clean area free from critters, dirt, sand and litter, meat pieces are cut into thin .5 or 1 cm thick strips, dipped in a 14% table salt solution, and suspended in the open air or spread on drying trays made of wire mesh.

The salt helps to limit microbial growth on the meat surfaces. You can add your own mix of dried spices such as garlic or chili powder mixed with the salt solution.

The sun drying method can be done on relatively small pieces of meat in the course of one day, 8-10 hours drying time. 


Store meat in a sterilized sealed mason jar away from moisture in a dry place.  Treat dehydrated meat as you would any canned meat after opening.

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