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Old 03-31-2013, 12:55 AM   #11
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Hope this helps! Shout if you want to know more :) I'm Afrikaans or as we say a Boere Meisie! Grew up pretty old school South African!
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:26 PM   #12
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Thanks so much!

I was going to ask you about the fat and the best beef cuts for biltong.

What is spirit vinegar?

Its funny how my new interest in biltong and my woodworking passion dovetail (pun intended) so nicely.

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Apparently biltong is very tough and one of the sites I found recommends clamping the finished biltong in a vise and shaving it with a wood plane for easier consumption. This method will work very well after cutting the meat with the grain as you suggest.

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I will definitely have more questions for you Snip. You are definitely qualified to answer them.

Could you please post a photo of your box?
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:42 AM   #13
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Thanks so much!

I was going to ask you about the fat and the best beef cuts for biltong.

What is spirit vinegar?

Its funny how my new interest in biltong and my woodworking passion dovetail (pun intended) so nicely.

Dovetail joint:

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Apparently biltong is very tough and one of the sites I found recommends clamping the finished biltong in a vise and shaving it with a wood plane for easier consumption. This method will work very well after cutting the meat with the grain as you suggest.

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I will definitely have more questions for you Snip. You are definitely qualified to answer them.

Could you please post a photo of your box?
I would be happy to help Biltong making is a passion of mine! Can't do wood work though but I can weld.
Spirit vinegar is made from sugar cane instead of fruit. It's usually the cheapest vinegar available so if you just pick a medium priced vinegar it's fine. I use grape vinegar. My biltong box is at my Dad's place but I will try and find a pic for you.
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Thanks Snip! No rush on the photo.
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I would be happy to help Biltong making is a passion of mine! Can't do wood work though but I can weld.
Spirit vinegar is made from sugar cane instead of fruit. It's usually the cheapest vinegar available so if you just pick a medium priced vinegar it's fine. I use grape vinegar. My biltong box is at my Dad's place but I will try and find a pic for you.
Actually, the cheap vinegar here is made from alcohol that was distilled from petroleum products.
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Actually, the cheap vinegar here is made from alcohol that was distilled from petroleum products.
Eeyoo!

My favorite vinegars are red wine, malt, raspberry or any fruit vinegar, and balsamic so I might be on the right track here.

What listed ingredient aside from crude oil might be a red flag when making my selection?

Petroleum products? Nazteee!!!
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Eeyoo!

My favorite vinegars are red wine, malt, raspberry or any fruit vinegar, and balsamic so I might be on the right track here.

What listed ingredient aside from crude oil might be a red flag when making my selection?

Petroleum products? Nazteee!!!
It might say that it is made from alcohol, without specifying what the alcohol was made from. It's the white vinegars (that I only use for cleaning). President's Choice (a Canadian store brand) makes a white vinegar that costs more, but says that it's made from grain alcohol. I keep that on hand for anyone who prefers white vinegar on their fries or whatever.
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Good to know. Thank you!
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It might say that it is made from alcohol, without specifying what the alcohol was made from. It's the white vinegars (that I only use for cleaning). President's Choice (a Canadian store brand) makes a white vinegar that costs more, but says that it's made from grain alcohol. I keep that on hand for anyone who prefers white vinegar on their fries or whatever.
Thank you Tax! I have no idea what vinegars are available there. Our cheap vinegars are made with sugarcane.
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