Welcome to the South African Food Shop, the home of Bledie Lekker Biltong, Droewors and Boerewors, It's the real deal! there is no comparison to Bledie Lekker in the USA!
The South African Food Shop is located just south of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina and was started in 1998 with the express purpose of providing the unique foods of Southern Africa to expats living in the USA and one of the most unique South African foods is biltong.
Biltong is the name for a traditional form of South African dried meat. The name originates from the Dutch word BIL meaning buttock and TONG meaning strip.
Biltong has it's earliest origins in Medieval Europe and was introduced to South Africa by the arrival of Dutch Settlers at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652.
Biltong has no comparason and is certainly not "beef jerky". Biltong is a gourmet delicacy that South Africans love to eat and it is made by salting, spicing and curing selected cuts of Beef, Venison or Ostrich. The variety and quality of biltong sold in South Africa is extensive and South Africans take their biltong very seriously and there are very many biltong spice recipes out there however this is how some of the very best beef biltong is made.
TIME IS THE SECRET ! but the correct cut and spice mixtures are also most important. There are various methods of drying Biltong however the golden rule is that heat is never applied to the meat throughout the drying process. Slow cure Biltong in the traditional air dried Karroo way and the taste just does not get any better than our Bledie Lekker brand beef biltong made right here in the USA!
If you have any Biltong left (most unlikely) and wish to store it for the long term then wrap the individual pieces in plastic wrap and keep in the freezer until required (This will prevent mould and further drying). Do not eat biltong directly from the freezer but allow a few hours to thaw as frozen biltong is tasteless. We also produce ultra fine grated biltong which can be used as an omelette filler with grated cheese or a quiche and grated biltong also makes a great spread for sandwiches
The Biltong, Droewors and Boerewors we stock is produced by AA Biltong and these products are based on award winning South African recipes and our own natural spice blend. Our Bledie Lekker brand products are unsurpassed and without a doubt by far the very finest South African meat products in the USA and even better than most in South Africa, Our meat products are all USDA inspected and approved and are shipped throughout the USA and even beyond and for all you Bovril lovers we also stock Bovrite it's the US answer to Bovril!
Kindly note that we have a $20 minimum product order requirement and we only confirm final shipping one business day after orders are placed online.
Bledie Lekker brand is real South African Biltong !
May The Wors Be With You!
The South African Food Shop