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What is the best way to store biltong?

What is the best way to store biltong?
Although biltong is a dried meat, which means it’s low-hassle to store and will last for a long time when treated right, there’s still a few things you need to know to get the very best from your biltong.

What NOT to Do When Storing Biltong

Fresh biltong is at its best when consumed within 5 days of being opened or prepared. This really depends on how long you need to keep the biltong in the fridge or freezer. A large slab of unsliced biltong will keep the moisture locked in and will typically last longer than a sliced slab, which will have more surface area exposed to losing moisture as it is cut.

It is not recommended to store biltong in plastic because the moisture will be trapped and cause it to become mouldy. Unless your biltong begins to show early signs of mold, it is not necessary to discard it. This is not usually a harmful bacteria, and if you catch it early enough, you can save it from the trash can entirely.

We are frequently asked how to store biltong in order to prevent mould growth. As long as you catch mould in its early stages, a clean cloth dipped in vinegar can be used to wipe away the first stages of the growth. However, if the mold has completely covered the meat, it will be safer to throw it away.

One of the most important things to avoid when it comes to storing biltong is storing it in an overly warm, humid environment that does not allow for adequate airflow. If you work in this type of environment, you can see mold growth in as little as one day. Biltong can be frozen, but it has a different texture than fresh, and we do not recommend it. That is also in direct opposition to the reason why biltong was invented in the first place.

There are five things you should know about storing biltong.

So now you know what to avoid. So, how about some biltong storage advice to get you started? It doesn’t matter if you store your biltong in full slabs or pre-sliced slices; these biltong storage tips suit both scenarios.

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  1. Biltong should never be stored in plastic. It will prevent the biltong from breathing, allowing mould to form.
  2. Over-slicing a huge slab of biltong keeps the moisture and flavor trapped in for extended storage.
  3. In a paper bag in the fridge (5-10 days) or wrapped in newspaper is the finest long-term storage option.
  4. For longer-term storage, use a vacuum pack. If stored in cold, dark circumstances, vacpack can last 6-12 months.
  5. Attack early indications of mould with a clean cloth dipped in vinegar.If it’s overly covered, toss it.
What is the best way to store biltong?
What is the best way to store biltong?
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