February 2005


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February 2005

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From the editor

February 16, 2005

Here we go! And……late again. But, if you knew about the computer problems I have had you will surely forgive me!

I have just been told off by my dear proofreaders that I sounded very down in my editorial this month.

So, I will do it again!

I am not really down. My head is just full of “Muisnesten”. Too much going on inside there right now I guess.
So let me start of with a big warm welcome to all our readers old and new! If any of you have a contribution to make please do so. Everybody likes to hear about everybody else! Don’t be shy, just put pen to paper (or the fingers to the key board) and let fly!

January was a month full of happenings and, because of that it just seemed to fly by!

The one bit of good news is that we won the one-day cricket series. It was excellent and we enjoyed it very much, especially the bright blue skies everywhere most of the time!

Just a moment, our cat (Miss Muffett) is knocking at the window. She keeps on doing that after I let her out. When she has had enough she knocks on the study window and wants to be let in again. A wonderful life she has! I sometimes wish that I could come back as a cat! (In our house that is!) At least she always gives a little purr of thanks when I open the front door to let her in.

But, let me continue.

January was a busy month as I said. There are a lot of changes taking place with our web site and (especially) the shop that is attached to it.
The South African Reserve Bank, in their wisdom, have decided that overseas financial institutions are no longer allowed to process payment for South African internet sites. This means that we have to move away from Mweb (after a long time with them and their overseas financial institution) and establish our shop with another company.

In addition to that I discovered that our web site looks just fine on an 800×600 resolution screen. But try one of the new flat panel screens with a higher resolution and it looks too terrible! So, that also has to be resolved.
As you can see I have lots of work ahead the next couple of weeks.

But that’s enough of boring you with my troubles. They are not really troubles though. I enjoy doing it!

So it is February and we are well settled into the New Year. The weather is holding out just fine. As I am sitting here tapping away on my keyboard it is raining outside. Quite welcome I must say. It means that the temperatures are going up and the end of the winter is in sight. Not that this will happen overnight but soon perhaps.
As I have always said we don’t mind the winter at all. It’s nice and cosy inside anyway.

The garden is also looking great and I am still very happy that I did all that work with the leaves and branches back in the autumn. It will mean so much less work this coming spring. An added bonus has been that we had a great looking garden all winter! I do miss my old gardener, Polite though sometimes. But what the heck, it’s good exercise!!

The other day when I was driving down to Luxembourg I stopped off at this beautiful little castle I found somewhere near exit 23 in the E411. It dates back to the 14th century and now they have this most exquisite restaurant in there. I must take June one Sunday for a nice long lunch.
I like the trip to Luxembourg. The scenery is stunning especially once you are off the main highway a bit. I have to go back on Friday again.

Some other news is that Derek, Jeanine and the boys are thinking about moving to the UK. They are there right now looking at schools and houses in the Tonbridge area. Isn’t life funny though? Tonbridge is the little town where we took Peter and Carol to his sister’s birthday party.
It is a beautiful little town with a castle dating back to 1066 and the time of King William of Normandy and King Harold.
Recently the town is also known as the place where Kelly Holmes, the English Olympic running champion hails from.

For more on Tonbridge and its history you can click just here.

So after that bit of useful information I am going to have some lunch. Some leftover chicken from our chicken lady. I will tell you all about her when I get back.

Back again. The chicken is finished. Miss Muffett had the bits and pieces I left and the dishes are washed!

Now about this chicken lady.

Here in Belgium you get lots of people with big and small trucks or trailers selling chicken on the spit next to the road. I never saw this back in South Africa but here it is a very big thing. Some of the trucks or trailers are small and just hooked up to a car but others are so huge that they can cook 400-500 chickens at a time!

Our chicken lady has just a small trailer hooked behind her 4×4 and all she can do is a miserly 100 chickens.

Every Friday she parks near us and most Fridays we go to her to get a chicken for supper. These are probably the best chickens I have ever tasted! I don’t know what she puts in her marinade but it is really good!
Now, here by us (like in most other countries I suppose) nobody eats the Pope’s Nose so she automatically cuts them off every chicken she sells. I happen to love the Pope’s Nose so I have this arrangement with her. Every time I go to her she has all these little lovely crunchy pieces waiting for me. She pops them in a bag and I nibble on them on the way home as a nice little appetizer.
What could possibly be better!!

Well, let me leave you on that appetizing note!

Till next month.

Keep well,



PS: I have a couple of Biltong Buddies available in Belgium. For those who are interested please mail me at lo@biltongmakers.com or call +32 (16) 53.96.25.
But, be quick. They’ll be gone in a flash!!


Food for thought

Think about these things

  • What is the speed of dark?
  • Why do they put Braille dots on the drive up ATM?
  • Why is it called after dark when it’s really after light?
  • If a #2 pencil is the most popular why is it #2?
  • If you put a chameleon in a mirrored box what color would it be?
  • What does your tongue taste like?
  • Why is to belittle to be little?
  • If you try to be modest can you be proud of it?
  • How do we know if it’s later than we think?
  • If you cannot change your mind are you sure you have one?
  • If today is the first day of your life what was yesterday?
  • Isn’t the biggest trouble with people their trouble with people?
  • How can you think out loud?
  • Three lefts make a right.


The South African Braai

The Braai unites South Africans!

The braai is surely the quintessential culinary experience in my country, South Africa. It’s an institution in households from Messina to Cape Town, bridging social and economic canyons, and even giving us a sense of our common identity.
On the surface, the braai (it rhymes with “eye”) is similar to a barbecue, but they should not be confused. The braai tradition is intimately intertwined with our laid-back, outdoor lifestyle. It has everything to do with the year-round sunny skies and temperate climate. It’s a ritual practiced in homes, restaurants, and camps, at game parks, on the beach, in the bush … pretty much wherever you find one or more of us.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; and where there’s fire outside in the gigantic deep freeze that is Boston in winter, you’re still likely to find a South African or two connecting with their roots, huddled around a hot grill. It might just be my wife, who is also South African, and me. Or we might include friends we’ve made since moving to Boston almost two years ago.

The word braai has many meanings. It can refer to the act of grilling (“please braai the meat now”); the equipment used (a grill is a braai to many South Africans); and the social occasion (“you’re invited to a braai“).

For many of us, it is a rite of passage. Some of my earliest memories are of watching my dad pile the wood on the grill and then experiencing the delight of setting the newspaper or kindling on fire with a match (or two or three). In slow steps – learn, then do – one is eventually allowed to participate in the act of braaing. By its very nature, nearly every braai became a unique father-son bonding experience. There was always something to learn, something to speak and joke about. Staring into a fire is strangely inspiring.

I learned quickly that it’s more art than science, as is apparent by these tips dad shared with me at an age when I could barely see over the top of the grill. First of all, he taught me, the heat should be spread evenly over the whole grill area. Second, a good indication of the correct heat is to hold your hand over the grid and count to 10. If you have to pull it back before then, it’s too hot. Any later, too cold. Third, you can always regulate the temperature by moving the grid up or down. It’s best to start high and move down as the coals become cooler. And finally, put the chicken or meat that needs to cook the longest on first. After the steaks are put on, add some thin pieces of wood to braai them in the flames. Vegetables such as potatoes in foil, onions, and squash are placed under the grid in the red-hot coals.

The “bring and braai” is the most popular kind of gathering and certainly Dad’s favorite. Similar to a potluck party, this is a grand social event where family and friends converge on a picnic spot or someone’s home with their own meat, salad, or side dish in hand. Meats are the star of the South African braai. They typically include marinated chicken, pork and lamb chops, steaks, sausages of different flavors and thickness, and when someone has really splurged, a rack or two of spareribs. Fish is also popular.

While the fire is lit and tended to, the kitchen (or makeshift kitchen) bustles with preparations: Vegetables are chopped or grated for salads, a large pot of cornmeal bubbles into “Krummel Pap,” and its accompanying Tomato and Onion Sauce slowly stews. (See recipes.)

As the meat comes off the fire, it is placed in a metal or ceramic roasting pan to stay warm. When all the meat is ready, the salads and side dishes are placed on tables and the feast begins.

At every braai hosted by the writer’s family, this traditional South African dish appears on the buffet table.

‘Krummel Pap’ (Crumbled Cornmeal) With Tomato and Onion Sauce’
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups cornmeal
In a large saucepan, add the butter and salt to 5 cups water, and bring to a boil. Take pot off burner, add cornmeal, and return to burner to cook over medium heat for 20 minutes without stirring. Continue to cook for about 15 more minutes, stirring with a fork until the consistency is loose and crumbly. Serve in large bowl alongside a smaller bowl of the sauce (recipe below). Serves 6.

Tomato and Onion sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can whole, peeled tomatoes
2 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
In a saucepan, heat butter and sauté onion and garlic over high heat for about 3 minutes until onions are translucent and garlic is barely golden. Turn heat down to low, add remaining ingredients, and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. If needed, add a tablespoon of sugar to sweeten. Spoon over Krummel Pap (above). Serves 6.

(Reprinted with permission from the June 12, 2002 issue of The Christian Science Monitor (www.csmonitor.com). (c) 2002 The Christian Science Monitor. All rights reserved.”)


Our Home Biltong Makers

We have made a small change to the Biltong Buddy. From now on this popular Biltong Maker is fitted with a little window in the front so that you can see your Biltong drying.

An advantage of this is not only that you can see the Biltong hanging but is stops people from removing the lid to have a look. Taking off the lid interferes with the convection process and increases the drying time.

Rockey’s 5kg Biltong Maker has always had this window.


You can order the BILTONG BUDDY by going to our order page or you can have a look at it first by clicking on this link.

Details on Rockey’s machine can be found by clicking on this link.


This month’s special offer !

Unfortunately all the special pricing has come to an end.

But…….. this month we will be giving away TWO PACKETS OF OUR SPECIAL Nice ‘n Spicy spices with every Biltong Maker ordered.


Tip of the month

Biltong spices to Australia

In response to the query regarding the importation of our spices in to Australia we have had many mails from people in Australia telling us that they have never had any problems with receiving spices.
So, to all our customers in Australia: go for it!


Curing your Potjie Pot

We keep on getting many mails from people who want to know how to cure a Potjie Pot before using it.
Here is another suggestion from one of our readers.

I noted your Potjie curing method and it is similar to mine.
I have done many Potjies.
Fortunately I sell power tools and abrasives so have all the equipment to sand a Potjie very smooth inside without hours of hard labour.

Once sanded and polished I also boil a load of old veggies in the Pot repeatedly for the day until the water is clear. Then I heat the Potjie until very hot and chuck in fatty bones you get from the butcher for your dog.
I fry them, stirring them right up to the neck of the pot until all the fat is out of them. (Then they are OK for the dog).
Then I empty the pot of fat and polish it inside until it is dry and shiny.
I never have food stick in my pot and it never rusts.

I am in South Africa and we get visitors from England quite often that are most impressed with Potjiekos.
The most unusual meat I cooked in my pot was a giraffe tail which took 13 hours of slow cooking to get really tender.

Kind regards

Bob Gillies


How to get rid of a headache.
Make a strong tea with rosemary and sweeten it with honey!

This works!


Questions and Answers

Here we have again some of the many requests we receive from our readers all over the world.
If we have not given an answer and you can help these people could you please mail them?
(Please copy us in on your mails (info@biltongmakers.com)so we can help other people who might have the same questions in the future)


Hi Lo,

I would like to enquire please as to whether your biltong makers make use of a fan as well?
If so, what benefit does this provide or if not why?


(Johannesburg, South Africa)


Our domestic Home Biltong makers don’t have a fan fitted. When we developed the machines we tried them with a fan and it made no difference at all. In fact, it interfered with the convection process.
Apart from that, a fan would increase the cost of the small Home Biltong Makers drastically. A good fan costs around R 150.00.




I am the owner of a little Biltong shop in Worcester. I am making my own biltong and chilli bites but would now like to try my hand at making Fruit & Chutney Bites.

I searched the web and contacted some of the spice suppliers in Cape Town but they could not help me with a “Fruit & Chutney” spice or a recipe.

Do you know of a pre-mixed fruit & chutney spice or can you supply me with a recipe to make this spice for the bites ?

Your help will be appreciated.

Best Regards

Theuns Steyn



Dear Biltong Team,

I am looking for a recipe for “beer sticks.”
The last time I tasted it was in Durban in 1989. These were very thinly sliced bits of meat with a very spicy flavour. One could actually snap them in half they were so thin and dry. Great with a cold beer and the more you ate the more you drank . . .
The key of course is the taste which is more of a “pepper spicy hot” rather than a “peri peri hot”

Hope this makes sense and hope you can help?

Thank you




Hi there,

My name is Sandy van Vuuren.
I live in Centurion near Pretoria and am thinking of opening a shop specializing in imported chocolates from Belgium and Switzerland.

Can anyone help me with some suggestions and perhaps some contacts where to look for importers of chocolates in South Africa?

Any help will be much appreciated.

Many thanks,



Recipe corner

Venison Roast with Cider


  • 2 kg venison roast
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • cornstarch



  • Cut slits in the roast and rub with oil
  • Mix pepper, salt, flour, oregano, thyme, rosemary and garlic
  • Add just enough water to make a paste
  • Rub paste onto roast, working some into slits
  • Combine the water, apple cider and lemon juice; pour into baking dish
  • Place roast in baking dish and bake uncovered at 160ºC/325ºF/gas mark 3 for 1 hour.
  • Baste with pan juices, cover and cook another 1 1/2 hours (basting every now and again).

This is great sliced thin and covered with gravy made from the pan juices thickened with cornstarch.

(With kind permission from Pete’s web site)


Around the World

Do we really need this kind of tourist in our community?
(Tongue in cheek comment from a very upset Australian)

From a very happy Campervanner

We have taken quite a lot of bad mouth from Aussies getting upset to see us having a shower outside the ablution block at the Lagoon, or at the Sailing Club.

My question is have the Aussies never seen a naked tourist taking for grant what is free on offer??

The camping on the beachfront is unique to any place in Australia, as nobody bothers to tell you to stay in a Caravan Park or at a Municipal or Shire allocated camping site.
I think the only upgrade needed at the International Camping site at Muddy bay is electrical power points so we can plug in our stoves and cook for free as the BBQ spots at the lagoon and Beachfront are only cleaned once a day! Who wants to BBQ were the flies have been all day!

My suggestion is hot water showers at the Lagoon as we battle to wash our clothing in cold water.
We also need a security guard to patrol at the Muddy bay International Camping site because the drug pushers argue about us, their clients, because we have happy hour at different times.
I suggest they should all have happy hours at the same time!! After all this is the place were drugs are the cheapest in Australia. In Canberra we paid double in comparison.

Our special thanks goes to the waitress at Hogs Breath for all the food she sneaked out the back to us, and the beers were as cold as …….

The food, friends, camping, drugs, and most of all, the cleaning of the BBQ spots by the council while here in the Whitsunday’s is by far the best.
Sorry to the council cleaners for the spew on the BBQ overlooking the ocean two weeks ago, but I think a Japanese guy cooked after I spewed on the plate, so he made the last mess.

I do think the amount of money we have saved by not staying in a Caravan Park is a gift from the community, but we did invest in some of the drugs on offer.
We counted the amount of Campervans all along Muddy bay and in the parking lots in Cannonvale and Airlie beach three nights ago to be 64, all saving $20.00 a night.

We have saved the amount of $580.00 during our stay by parking in Muddy bay, and if the other 63 camper vans all did the same over the last four weeks, we all saved a massive $35,840.00!!
I do think the Muddy Bay Camp site will be well supported. We had better views than your rich and famous, ate like a Hog from the kitchen, lived on mango’s and fresh fruit, stayed on a cloud, met some willing Aussie babes (even a few married ones), and loved every moment of it. We will “sell” this free town to all Campervan owners along the road to Brisbane and Sydney before jetting to New Zealand in a couple of weeks time.

Hey, you all made our stay just like we, as the Queens subjects, expect to be treated by a colony of Her Majesty the Queen!

My last point is this; To the companies in Airlie Beach and Cannonvale who were going to pay us cash in hand to do do the dishwashing. It’s OK to keep our wages and threaten to phone Immigration because we all had a good laugh when we used the dishwasher as a toilet!

Good-Bye Airlie Beach and Cannonvale – Here we come, Brisbane and Sydney!!

Lots of lovies from

Reg, Paul Stacey and Megan.

PS. My last thanks to Michael the Aussie fruit picker who gave me his Medicare card to see the Doctors for the rash from New Years Eve.
There are so many freebies on offer! But the best are the hot showers at the caravan parks in Cannonvale because the owners and managers all go to bed so early it’s a blessing.

Also a special thanks to the Mountain Valley Caravan Park. Your toilet blocks are the cleanest and you have lots of free toilet paper to take to the Campervan for our trip down south.

Any good spots down south?? Perhaps the local paper should start a “camping along the roadside” column.
Bowen is a shitty place, as the only sign we saw was “No Camping”

Got to go!

Reggie Rasta from Stockwell.

I will phone the Queen and tell here how splendid an idea it was to see how you (the Aussies, her servants) treat us, the British subjects. We will be back in a few months for more free accommodation once the requests for hot showers and electrical power points at the Muddy bay Camping sites have been approved and installed.

(The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the editor of this newsletter.)


This from Jackie in Pretoria.

We asked Jackie last month what a screen reader is.
Jackie, for those of you who did not read (or get) the newsletter last month, is a blind lady from Pretoria who uses a screen reader to work on her computer.

Here is her answer:

A screen reader is a software you get to read everything to you that is on your computer screen. There are two firms in America providing it: The one is G W Micro and the other one is Freedom Scientific.

Okay, firstly I must say it is definitely not cheap to be blind because these systems, depending of course on what the exchange rate is, are very expensive.
The Scientific one is the more expensive and although I am not really sure of its actual price it is around R10 000 (this may not be correct at all) for your first copy.
The other one called “Window Eyes”, is a little cheaper but I must be honest and say I don’t know it’s price at all at this stage because I am now on “updates.” I just got this update of mine in December and it was R2 600. All going on numbers and this one now is Window Eyes 4.5 Professional.

The only thing it can not read of course are graphics.
A couple of years ago someone invented a mouse that supposedly could read graphics for blind people, but at that stage the price was something like R5 000 and for that time it was absolutely not affordable. (Not that it would be now.)

Sometimes it can be very frustrating in front of the computer because the voice system is understandably very big and it takes quite a lot of space. This can lead to a “hanging” problem.
I now have a new computer because with the previous one it was so difficult to sit there being very careful all the time because just like that, (finger snap) it would “hang” and you had to reboot should you want to do anything else.

But the rewards of being able to sit and read to my hearts content is infinitely bigger than the frustrations. I am addicted to reading everything I can lay my hands on. This was already since childhood and now even more. I can search for anything I can think of on the Internet and within a few minutes I have all the information I could wish for right in front of me.

On a Saturday I can sit for hours and just read and read and read. Never getting enough. The only thing that is really successful to draw me away from here, is my knitting. I am even more so addicted to knitting, touching all kinds of wool and yarns.
A blind person’s fingers are mainly his “eyes”. The combination of the two, reading and knitting? I can really sit for hours here and read about all the magnificent yarns available in America. Not being able to get any because of the exchange rate and the high postage fees. The American people receive more salary per capita than we here.
The yarns are not that much more expensive than what we pay, but the postage is absolutely GEK!!! There is a knitting machine in America I want dearly for I will be able to knit with it, but the postage is more than what the price of the machine is.

Okay, enough for now. If I start on a subject I love, it is very hard to stop me.
You know, the day God decided to take away my sight He took pity on me and said okay, He’ll give me my mouth and my voice.

And as someone once said: Since then, no one has ever had any peace again!!

Lekker bly en groete van huis tot huis.



Smile a While

Found on Women’s T-Shirts!


  • I childproofed my house, but they still get in.
  • (on the front) 60 is not old…. (on the back) if you’re a tree.
  • I’m still hot… it just comes in flashes.
  • At my age, getting lucky means finding my car in the parking lot.
  • My reality check just bounced.
  • Life is short, make fun of it.
  • I’m not 50…. I’m $49.95 plus tax.
  • Annapolis – a drinking town with a sailor problem.
  • I need somebody bad… are you bad?
  • Physically pffffft!
  • Buckle up, it makes it harder for the aliens to snatch you from your car.
  • I’m not a snob. I’m just better than you are.
  • It’s my cat’s world. I’m just here to open cans.
  • Earth is the insane asylum of the universe.
  • Keep staring…. I may do a trick.
  • We got rid of the kids – the cat was allergic.
  • Dangerously under-medicated.
  • My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it’s gone.
  • Every time I hear the dirty word; exercise, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
  • Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture.
  • Live your life so that when you die, the preacher will not have to tell lies at your funeral.



The Proteas are now 5th best in the World!

South Africa have climbed from seventh to fifth in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI Championship table, overtaking England in the process.

South Africa’s 4-1 series win over the English has boosted its rating from 101 to 106, enabling it to climb above England and the West Indies – who they tour next month – in the official ODI table.

England began the series in fourth place on 109 points but its rating has fallen by six points and it has slipped to seventh in the table.

In the ICC ODI Player Rankings, Jacques Kallis has slipped from top place in the batting rankings (a position he held briefly in the middle of the series with England), but Graeme Smith and Shaun Pollock, South Africa’s other two leading players, both improved their rankings.


‘Pollock is the second best bowler! Smith ends the series 14th in the batting rankings, while Pollock is second in the bowling, just three points behind Glenn McGrath.
Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies has become top batsman after Kallis lost points in the final three ODIs.

England veteran Darren Gough’s excellent series saw him return to the bowling top ten – he finished in eighth place – while Kevin Pietersen’s dramatic start to his ODI career sees him already in 25th place in the batting rankings.

England’s only batsman in the top ten is the injured Andrew Flintoff, with Marcus Trescothick dropping 15 places over the series to end in 20th place.

Sapa-February 14, 2005



Cocky Kevin makes Graeme grumpy
Patrick Compton

Is Kevin Pietersen getting under South Africa’s skin?

Despite South Africa’s narrow victory in last night’s run orgy at Buffalo Park, skipper Graeme Smith wasn’t exactly full of smiles afterwards.

Pietersen’s unbeaten century in 69 balls took some of the shine off South Africa’s seven-run win that extended the home team’s series lead to 3-1 with just two matches to go.

Indeed, if he hadn’t been starved of the strike in the later overs, Pietersen – who was once again booed to the crease and booed again when he reached 50 – might have brought off a brilliant win for his team.


‘He’s played very well, you can’t take that away from him’ He reached his second century of the series with the last ball of the match, smashing André Nel for a six. This left England seven runs short of South Africa’s ground-record total of 311.

There is a strong suspicion that no love is lost between South Africa’s captain and Pietersen in particular, and perhaps the England team in general. When asked about Pietersen’s innings and his prolific scoring in the series, Smith said that the local pitches had suited him.

“He’s played very well, you can’t take that away from him,” Smith said, but his body language betrayed him.

But England captain Michael Vaughan has time for Pietersen. “He’s quite cocky and he’s got lots of composure. I like that. When Flintoff gets back in the side there’s going to be lots of hitting power in our middle order,” he said.

Asked why they had lost the game, Vaughan said that it wasn’t because of England’s batting.

“We didn’t want to repeat the mistakes at Newlands. Our plan was to build our innings and get within hitting range at the end. We did that, and you saw how close we came to winning. It wasn’t our batting that lost us the game, it was the fielding. We just gave too many runs away.”

Smith should have been a happier man. After going down 1-0 in the series with a flaccid display at the Wanderers, South Africa have gone from strength to strength with their top and middle order firing on most cylinders. The captain has struck two centuries in the last three matches, with last night’s effort a masterful, tactical innings that enabled man of the match Justin Kemp to savage the England bowling at the other end.

This article was originally published on page 20 of Cape Argus on February 10, 2005


The Competition

The winner of the January Competition

The winner of the January competition is:
Prem Wilson from Singapore

Congratulations to you Prem.
Your prize of all 12 of the Nice ‘n Spicy spice packets complete with recipes has been mailed to you.
Please let us know which one you liked best and how easy it was to make?


Remember the following:


  • The monthly draw or competition is totally free to everyone.
  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  • You can only enter via the Competition link on our home page or by clicking here
  • All prizes are sent to the winners free of charge.


The prize for the February Competition

The winner for the competition for February 2005 will receive a beautiful Digital Camera!!

Click here to see a picture of it on the competition page!

To enter the competition all you have to do is to visit our home page at www.biltongmakers.com and click on one of the two competition links.

The winners of all competitions are notified by email.

Some of the other prizes for the year


  • Biltongmakers
  • Biltong spices
  • Boerewors spices
  • Braai tool sets
  • Potjie Pots
  • Barbecues
  • Cadac Skottel Braais and………. much, much more!!!


So, don’t wait!

You can enter right now by clicking on the competition link on our home page.


A free Biltong Maker!

It’s easy to earn a free Biltong Maker!

As a South African orientated web site we are constantly looking to contact more and more South Africans across the world.
Not only to tell them about how they can make their own Biltong but also to give them a chance to share their stories with other South Africans the world over.

So, here is your chance to help us.

If you know about a South African family or friend living near you or perhaps somewhere far away, why not tell them about us and then us about them.
Perhaps you can send us their email address so that we can mail them a copy of this newsletter.
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Boerewors in the Benelux

Only a few packets left!

Click to me me biggerI don’t know what happened to all the Boeries we made at the end of last year but is has almost all gone! Perhaps there are after all some people who have a braai in the snow?

There are still a few packets left so be quick because the next batches will only be made in April.

Boerewors keeps very well for a couple of months provided it is wrapped/packed well and kept frozen at around -20 Celcius. (More than -18C).

The price is € 8.50 per kilogram for the smaller quantities under 50kg. Over 50kg it is € 7.00 when you come and fetch in Keerbergen
and € 7.50 if we deliver to you. (Benelux only)

We can be contacted by mail at boeries@biltongmakers.be or by telephone at +32 (16) 53.96.25.


Potjie Pots in the Benelux

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Our new stock of Potjie Pots have not arrived as yet. We will keep you posted as to when they are here.

For those who are interested please call us at +32 (16) 53.96.25.


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Our Customers say...

Great machine

"Great machine, it pays itself off in 2 batches and is just as good as any I have ever had from a butcher....."

Nick de Klerk, Johannesburg

-Thank you for your kind comment! - Lo

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Nick de Klerk, Johannesburg

-Thank you for your kind comment! - Lo

"Great machine, it pays itself off in 2 batches and is just as good as any I have ever had from a butcher....."

Compact gadget

I was delighted that such a compact gadget could produce biltong in a hygienic environment and to my own particular taste so quickly! I enjoy dry, spicy and fat free biltong which was ready in four days! The one thing I did notice was that the meat must be correctly cut (much like steak). Great biltong maker which will be enjoyed by us on a regular basis.
Biltong Makers
I was delighted that such a compact gadget could produce biltong in a hygienic environment and to my own particular taste so quickly! I enjoy dry, spicy and fat free biltong which was ready in four days! The one thing I did notice was that the meat must be correctly cut (much like steak). Great biltong maker which will be enjoyed by us on a regular basis.


Dear Biltong Team,

Yesterday afternoon, after three days, I tested my first batch. Brilliant!! The texture was just how I like it. Not too dry. My girlfriend had never tasted biltong but she'd listened to me raving on about it for years. She was most impressed. Just waiting now to hear how my son's first batch is going! This is the first time I've had biltong since 1986 so you can imagine how pleased I am! Thought I'd died and gone to heaven! Best regards to all the Biltong Team,

John Renwick England

Biltong Makers

John Renwick England

Dear Biltong Team, Yesterday afternoon, after three days, I tested my first batch. Brilliant!! The texture was just how I like it. Not too dry. My girlfriend had never tasted biltong but she'd listened to me raving on about it for years. She was most impressed. Just waiting now to hear how my son's first batch is going! This is the first time I've had biltong since 1986 so you can imagine how pleased I am! Thought I'd died and gone to heaven! Best regards to all the Biltong Team,

Worth its weight in gold!

Hello Biltong Team,

So far my husband and I have been sharing a machine with friends and they want it back now, so I've decided it's time to get our own one. We can't go without biltong for too long! I make a batch and by the time we've eaten it, the next one is ready. It's definitely worth its weight in gold!

Georgie Neubauer England

Biltong Makers

Georgie Neubauer England

Hello Biltong Team, So far my husband and I have been sharing a machine with friends and they want it back now, so I've decided it's time to get our own one. We can't go without biltong for too long! I make a batch and by the time we've eaten it, the next one is ready. It's definitely worth its weight in gold!

Fabulous product

Dear Biltongmakers,

I would like to congratulate you on a fabulous product. I received a biltongmaker a while ago for my birthday and, to be honest, it has not been switched off since then. I have tried Springbok, Beef, Kudu and even Kangaroo and have to say that is was amazing. Neighbours, friends and family can`t seem to get enough. Thank you very much.

Richard Rust, England

Biltong Makers

Richard Rust, England

Dear Biltongmakers, I would like to congratulate you on a fabulous product. I received a biltongmaker a while ago for my birthday and, to be honest, it has not been switched off since then. I have tried Springbok, Beef, Kudu and even Kangaroo and have to say that is was amazing. Neighbours, friends and family can`t seem to get enough. Thank you very much.

A very professional organization

Hi there!

Thanks for your speedy reply. The Biltong Team seems to be a very professional organization and I will gladly follow your advice. If you have any extra advice or hints I would appreciate it.

Lawrence Israel

Biltong Makers

Lawrence Israel

Hi there! Thanks for your speedy reply. The Biltong Team seems to be a very professional organization and I will gladly follow your advice. If you have any extra advice or hints I would appreciate it.

Receiving orders

Hi Lo,

Just to let you know that my last lot of "billies" went down like a house on fire! I have subsequently received orders from at least 6 friends and each wants 2 kilos!!!

Mark Zetzer Melbourne, Australia

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Mark Zetzer Melbourne, Australia

Hi Lo, Just to let you know that my last lot of "billies" went down like a house on fire! I have subsequently received orders from at least 6 friends and each wants 2 kilos!!!
Biltong Makers

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