Biltong and Destruction

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 21:17 -- webmaster

One thing I've been wanting to do for a while is get more resistant to hard times, so when I heard about this stuff called biltong I had to try it. My long time Free State friend and Grange sister Sovereign Sandy introduced me to it, at least virtually, through her blog. (See entries #1 and #2)

Luckily I had just moved to a new place where the owner has already tried similar products. He had a container fitted with an old computer fan and a few screen covered holes. This makes a great drying apparatus. He even has a power supply that converts 110v AC to the 5 volt needed for the fan.

Other than having meat that was a bit too thin, I follwed Sandy's recipe as best I could. After two and a half days it looked more than dried enough. We tested a piece, and it was good. I thought it was just about right, but the boss said "a bit too much salt". He was impressed enough to buy some more meat to try though, thicker this time. So I'll have to give it another go.

Biltong power supply Biltong lid with fan Biltong hanging Biltong hanging Finished biltong


We also went and got a trailer to use as the base for a new tiny house build. For only $900 we picked up this old camping trailer. The main thing is that the core trailer frame and towing system is all in good shape. Next in the plan it to totally strip it down to just the metal trailer frame, so we can rebuild the whole thing from scratch as something like this:

But for now it looks like this:

Trailer exterior Trailer interiorTrailer exterior Trailer exterior

Hopefully this changes quickly. Lots of work to do!