The “best” biltong Dryer
In my previous blog I speak about Biltong Recipes. Here we will take a quick look at what a biltong dryer looks like.
I put best in inverted commas above. Like the biltong recipe page where I talk about the best spice recipe, there is no best dryer.
If you live in a cool dry climate and have a room with good ventilation then you could string up some twine and just hang the wet biltong there. It’s as simple as that.
If you Google biltong dryer you will see many designs. If you are into building stuff you can really have a lot of fun building yourself one.
If you just want to get up and running ASAP then there is the quick and nasty route too. A lot has been spoken about not using wood as bacteria can get into the grain of the wood. I chose plastic and metal firstly beacuse it was really easy to find a ready made container and secondly it was really easy to wash out. My first version was built using a home depot bucket.
You can see the hole cut in the side for the fan. Inside I mounted a small light socket in which I could place a 40w candelabra lamp. A few holes drilled across the top for the aluminium rods and a few extra holes to allow for circulation once the lid was in place. Once I proved the concept I then upgraded to a much bigger storage container. I used the same fan from the home depot bucket and mounted a similar light socket inside the container.
I added a whole lot more aluminium rods providing enough hanging space for up to about 25lbs of meat.
For hooks I simply used paper clips but if you really want to go fancy there are plastic meat hooks or you could get bicycle spoke and bend them into really sturdy stainless steel hooks.
Contact me if you have any further questions.