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South African Food Traditions

Growing up in South Africa, I learnt the principles of traditions. One of them was making biltong. When winter approached my Father would go to our local butcher and strike a deal to buy a hind quarter of a cow. This is the area where silverside and other cuts of meat that my mom liked came from.
He would get the butcher to prepare the meat. We would always go early on a Saturday morning to fetch the meat. My father would reverse into the parking in front of the butchers and open the boot and the staff would load the boot full of meat.
Driving home we had to have the windows open due to the smell of meat in the car. Once we got home, Mom would process the meat and Dad and I would make biltong with the silverside.
The process was always the same, Get the white plastic bowls and biltong spices out from the cupboard.

We would stand the plastic bowls on the table and lay the meat in each one. It would be my job to get the bottle of cider vinegar and spray the meat to coat all sides.
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