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What is South African Food?
With a wide range of multicultural influences, South African Cuisine is sometimes called "Rainbow Cuisine". Modern day South African Food is a vibrant mix of flavours, influenced by food from many of the different cultures found in Southern Africa, including: Indigenous African, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Greek, British, Indian, Asian and Portuguese. This unique melting pot of flavours has lead to a wide range of famous South African dishes that are full of flavour and character, including: biltong (salty dried meat), biriyani (spicy rice), bobotie (meatloaf with egg custard), boerewors (spiral sausage), bunny chow (loaf of bread stuffed with curry), chakalaka (spicy vegetable relish), chutney (sweet fruit sauce), koeksisters (very sweet deep-fried pastries), melktert (milk tart), mealie bread (sweet corn bread), potjiekos (Afrikaans stew made in cast iron pot), rusks (hard dried biscuit), samosas (savoury Indian fried pastry), samp (chopped dried corn kernels), sosatie (grilled marinaded meat kebab), tomato bredie (lamb and tomato stew) and vetkoek (deep-fried dough balls).
What does the best before date mean?
A best before date is not the same as a use by date or expiry date. Food marked with a best before date can still be sold after this date passes, provided it is safe and suitable for consumption. While the best before date indicates that a product may lose some of it's quality after that date, these foods can generally be expected to retain their colour, taste, texture and flavour provided that they are stored correctly. For more information see http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumers/food-labels/label-facts/best-before-and-use-by-dates/
What is the difference between biltong and jerky?
In Australia, biltong and jerky are both very popular dried meat snacks, but they have quite distinct flavours, due to a few simple differences in the way that they are made. Biltong originated in South Africa, whilst Jerky originated in the Americas. Preserved meat was probably one of the earliest types of food prepared using traditional methods (long before refrigeration existed), and would have made for practical sustenance for early settlers and explorers. These days, biltong and jerky are still very much enjoyed by people all over the word, and make a great high-protein healthy alternative to processed snack foods. Jerky is simply a dehydrated / dried meat. It is usually (but not always) marinated in something, then seasoned with spice. Lots of different combinations of marinades and seasonings can be used, including salt, vinegar, sugar or vegetable solutions and various spices. It is sliced (with the grain) into very thin strips, before being smoked, dehydrated or air dried for a short time (around 2 to 8 hours). Jerky is usually chewier than biltong and because there are lots of different ways to make it, it comes in a wide range of flavours. Biltong is made using a much more specific process than jerky, which gives it added texture and flavour. It is first marinated in vinegar for a few hours (which helps cure it), then rubbed with a mix of salt and seasonings - a variety of spices can be used (usually including coriander). It is hung on hooks and air dried as one large piece of meat for an extended period (3 to 7 days), then sliced into thick strips. As a result, biltong has more of an aged meat flavour than jerky - it is generally more savoury and richer, with added texture due to the curing process. It is now easy to make your own biltong at home, using a biltong machine which controls the heat and air to produce amazing home made biltong, and is the perfect way to experiment with different cuts of meat and biltong spice mixes. SATOOZ has a range of top quality biltong, drywors and stokkies available, made in Australia.