1827T. PhilippsScenes & Occurrences 213The remainder of the beams were tastefully festooned with..long strips of bill tongue, that is, narrow slices of beef salted and dried in the sun.
1832Graham’s Town Jrnl 25 Oct. 170Jan Aron, alias Jan Bastaard: Storebreaking, with intent to Steal; and Theft, in stealing 8 lbs of soap, 8 pieces of Biltong, and 200 dried Peaches.
1855J.W. ColensoTen Weeks in Natal 161I found the house..hardly endurable..from the quantity of fresh biltong, or flesh cut off in strips from an animal...The pieces of raw meat were hung up inside in the open roof to dry.
1875J.J. BissetSport & War 13I saw Englishmen buying pieces of biltong from the Dutch about the size of your thumb for half a crown, and it made a very good meal for the day.
1890A.G. HewittCape Cookery 42To Cure Biltong. Have the biltongs cut at the butchers as he knows the best pieces for the purpose; they are cut from the shoulder and should weigh 3 or 4 lbs.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 30We had good horses and travelled light, with a few roster-kooks and some biltong, by way of provisions.
1920F.C. CornellGlamour of Prospecting 132The heat..seemed to be drying the very blood up in our veins, and converting us into biltong.
1943D. ReitzNo Outspan 83Baas, baas, the old missus says you must come at once, someone has stolen all the biltong (dried meat) from the clothesline in the back yard.
1950H. GerberCape Cookery 95Biltong. Cut the meat into strips and rub it with salt. Allow it to lie for 2 to 3 days in a basin, placed in a cool spot. After 3 days salt the meat once more and brush off all surplus salt. Hang it up in a shady place to dry.
1971Sunday Times 14 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 7‘Jake’ Jacobs himself..emerges as a biltong-tough natural leader with inherent sensitivity.
1973Weekend Post 14 Apr. 3The word ‘biltong’ was becoming part of the Hebrew language. Former South Africans living in Israel are believed to have encouraged the introduction of biltong to Israel.
1974E. Prov. Herald 27 Feb. 5An ambitious scheme..is aimed at putting an end to the large scale dumping of bananas in years of over-production — by turning the fruit into a form of ‘biltong’.
1983D.A.C. MaclennanReckonings 17You licked your lips in the biltong weather.
1986E. Prov. Herald 14 June 5That is the biltong party. They are busy drying out like a piece of biltong. Parliament must adjourn so that the members on the other side of the House can go hunting.
1989P. Lee inSunday Times 22 Jan. (Mag. Sect.) 45He normally sports a beer boep, has a beer can clutched firmly in his hot sweaty hand, carries a cooler-box jammed with carry-packs and biltong.
1991Leisure Bks Catal. Apr.–June 19Recipes are included, such as biltong quiche, biltong potbread,..Traditional SA fare at its very best.
1849N.J. MerrimanCape Jrnls (1957) 66Had it not been..for the Beltongue sandwiches.., I should have suffered both from hunger and thirst before reaching Graaff Reinet.
1860A.W. DraysonSporting Scenes 144We..had a little beltong meat dried in the sun for supper.
a1868J. AyliffJrnl of ‘Harry Hastings’ (1963) 98After a good supper of dried meat which they call ‘beltong’ and milk, we lay ourselves down.
1872C.A. PaytonDiamond Diggings 153I must not forget to mention a favourite food of the Boers — ‘beltongue’ or jerked meat — the flesh of springbuck, blesbuck, wildebeest, and other large game, cut into thick strips, and dried in the sun by hunters who are too far from the markets to bring in the game fresh.
1884B. AdamsNarr. (1941) 107A good supply of Bel Tongue and bread was set before us...Bel Tong..is seldom found in the houses of Englishmen. It is made from beef..cut into long strips and dried.
1892W.L. DistantNaturalist in Tvl 32In a campaign he only requires some dried meat — beltong — attached to his saddle, and a bottle of hollands or water.
1898G. Nicholson50 Yrs 251Their favourite ‘naama’ (meat), with which the trees and bushes around were festooned in strips, in process of becoming ‘belting’ in the dry and fervid atmosphere.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 66In 1937 it became illegal to sell game biltong in the Cape Province...The ban..slowed up a slaughter which had been in progress ever since the modern rifle reached South Africa. It put the ‘biltong farmer’ also known as the ‘biltong jackal’ out of business.
1937C. BirkbyZulu Journey 110The year before last 150 shooting licences were given to the ‘biltong hunters’.
1939H. Klein inOutspan 3 Nov. 25He was one of the old-time professional biltong hunters, who lived for the three short winter months when..he could roam the plains shooting for lion pelts and biltong.
1971H. ZeederbergVeld Express 74We call this part of the country the ‘Springbok Flats’. Twenty years ago, heads of three to four hundred were quite common, and it is still a paradise for biltong hunters.
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