How Long Does Biltong Last?

How to store biltongSo you’ve ordered your biltong, you’re in heaven, but now you’re wondering the age old question: how long does biltong last?

We asked the experts and they all said the same thing– it doesn’t, you eat it before you could ever consider it going bad. (Literally they all said that!)┬áBut, after a little more prying (and a few hypothetical situations) the experts were able to share the below tips. It is important to note that biltong is known as the ‘travelers snack’ and could actually stay good for very long periods of time if it became dry enough. These tips are for the modern day person and are designed to help you preserve the biltong at its intended taste.

  • Once opened, biltong should be kept in a brown paper bag. This allows air circulation which is important for ensuring no mold forms from the excess moisture.
  • If it will be eaten within the week, the bag of biltong can be stored at room temperature in a cool spot.
  • To preserve the biltong for up to 2-3 weeks, refrigerate it in the brown paper bag.
  • Biltong can be frozen too and this method is preferred to the above if you won’t be eating the biltong within the week – just take out of the vacuum sealed packaging it comes in and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Like this, biltong can last up to 1 year.
  • If you get a large bag, we recommend splitting it into weekly portions and freezing everything but the current weeks. When you’re ready, allow the biltong to thaw out in the fridge overnight and then enjoy!
  • Unopened, vacuum sealed bags of biltong can last about 60 days when stored in a cool, dry area such as a closet.

These guidelines should help keep your biltong fresh, tasty, and mold free, but always note that climate, temperature and cut of meat are all variables here. If you’re unsure of how to keep your biltong, leave us a note in the comments section and we’ll bring it up with the experts!

We recommend snagging some biltong here, or for more sources for biltong in all its delicious variety, check out the South African food page.