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  • #31
    Day 18. 210,5 lbs today!!!!! Yeah, down we go again! Feeling good as far as my clothes go, my fat clothes are getting nice and loose - very comfortable at the moment! Unfortunately I have a sinus infection trying to get on top of me! Woke up with a nasty headache and toothpain every time I bend over! YUK! Been really low key today, spent some time laying on my bed reading. Took some Silverbiotics, some homeopathic meds and some extra supplements. Just not sleeping well at the moment ... I am sure that is part of why I am fighting this darn germ... I haven't been sick for a looooonnngg time. Had a good breakfast and then wasn't hungry the rest of the day until early evening when I felt a little hungry and we had dinner. I feel like I am starting to rediscover my jawline, less fat sitting there and when I put my chin in my hand I can feel the bone much more clearly ... lovely!

    Breakfast: 3 fried eggs, 3 breakfast sausages, slice of bell pepper, 1/8 apple. Black tea and cream and stevia.
    snack: 1 macaroon and cup of black tea with cream and stevia
    Dinner: Vegetable fritata (bacon, onion, garlic, spinach, cauliflower, eggs and half n half) and more bacon on the side.

    Had an awesome talk with our landlord and they are wanting us to show them how to garden using raised beds. In return for our help they will allow us to use half the space! And they are going to fence the entire garden to deer and rabbit proof it! So much fun! I am in heaven - I get to garden even though we are renting and don't feel as though I am investing too much in a place that we will leave behind in a year or so once we can buy our own place. Woopeee! He has given me the go ahead to price all the materials and plan it out. Then we'll all get together and have a work day (or more!) putting it together. They are from the big city and really have no idea how to do this - I am no expert but I have done lots of learning along the way which saves them having to make my mistakes But it also means that I have all kinds of physical work to do - the kind I LOVE. I have been pining for my own place and the space to do this kind of thing and here it is provided in the best possible way for our situation, I feel so blessed.
    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
    Primal low: 186 lbs
    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
    Goal weight: 140 lbs

    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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    • #32
      That is awesome news!!! You'll be getting all the exercise needed and having a blast! And, of course, you'll be able to feed yourself and your family with the best (but cheapest) vegetables possible. A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!
      I'm so happy for you!

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      • #33
        Day 19: Still a sinus headache today, but as the day wore on I think the supplements etc have been taking effect and the headache has settled quite a bit this evening Drank a LOT of water today and took some time to lie down and read a book.
        Breakfast: 1 fried egg and leftover fritata with all the same bits as last night Piece of butter. Black tea with cream and stevia.
        Lunch: none (black tea with half and half and stevia)
        Dinner: Sausage, sauerkraut, big yummy salad with cheese and almonds.

        I am now offering a chunk of butter to DS to eat with his veggies and he really likes it... in fact he eats before most of his food 'cos he likes it so much. SO nice to have a healthy addition to his diet. He (6 years old) told me the other day, "Mommy, I have been cutting back on my grains and eating other stuff!" SO cool to hear that from him. He used to eat toast (Ezekiel bread always) every chance he got and I really had to work hard at getting him to eat other stuff or he would have eaten it at every meal. Now it has taken the kids over a week to go through the last loaf of bread and I have told them that I will not be buying anymore. I am noticing that DS is eating a little more than he usually does ... slightly better appetite. We are also spending more time outside and the kids are getting more exercise than before.

        I am feeling really good and my clothes are getting pretty loose Yeeha! I LOVE this way of life. Love the food I get to eat and how it makes me feel. And I love that fat is melting off me!! It is amazing to me that I can go from breakfast to dinner without getting really hungry inbetween! Years ago I did a couple 40 day fasts and lost tons of weight but had no idea about healthy eating so just gained it all back and more. Of course CW told me that I had wrecked my metabolism by doing this and it was so awesome to read Mark's article about fasting the other day. I felt so relieved that fasting is a good way to go. I do find it easier to fast sometimes than negotiate junk food and now that I am done with carbs and sugar I can fast quite comfortably without getting faint and dizzy and feeling awful. I have that same clear headed sensation that I got when I was doing the long fasts, almost a euphoria and incredibly no cravings. Still have some of those emotional triggers with certain brands of chocolates... but I was shopping for the least toxic chocolate for the kids for Easter and didn't have the urge to buy any for myself. I have their chocolate stashed in my dresser and have not the slightest urge to go and sneak some for myself (which I used to do and then would have to buy another bag etc to cover my tracks and so on until at last Easter was over and the candy was no longer in the store!) How pathetic huh?! It is the most liberating feeling knowing that the chocolate is sitting there and I really don't care WOW is all I can say... this is many, many years of struggle and now I don't even want the stuff... you have no idea how long and hard I have prayed for a breakthrough in my addiction to candy and especially chocolate!
        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
        Primal low: 186 lbs
        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
        Goal weight: 140 lbs

        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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        • #34
          Day 20: Breakfast : 2 pieces of sausage and 3 fried eggs. Sauerkraut
          Lunch: 2 sausages and bowl of strawberries and cream. Macaroon (homemade)
          Dinner: None.

          Ate a big breakfast and then went to a St Patricks day parade. By the time we got home I was hungry again! So we had lunch - kind of late though... This evening I am not really hungry and decided to skip dinner and just have a nice big breakfast again. I had the sinus headache most of today again but by this evening it has settled down a lot again. I did spend quite a bit of the afternoon just relaxing and reading a book about farming Lovely. I was itching to get outside and attack a neglected rock garden, but the thought of bending over to pull weeds and so on just did not turn my crank! Did take the dog for a little walk this afternoon just to get out of the house and get some fresh air.

          Picked up my poor neglected practice chanter and had a lovely time with my music instead. I have been so busy outside that I have neglected my music and I need to get a better balance with my time. I am pretty useless with organising my time!! Sigh! It is tough trying to fit everything into my day what with usual around the house chores, homeschooling, and other every day life things. I feel like I could use a couple of clones to get everything done sometimes.

          It is interesting how much more confident I feel after losing 15 pounds! I am still really overweight but my fat clothes are fitting so much better and I feel positively svelte AND I checked my body fat today and it is down from 50% to 45.5% today!!!

          I did some shopping in the candy aisle today as I told the kids that if they gave me their parade candy I would let them choose a chocolate instead... they still aren't healthy but it is less sugar and colouring etc than the nasty candies. It was a little strange to them to throw the parade candy in the trash - but they enjoyed the chocolate a lot more. They were allowed to choose two candies from the parade stuff and then the rest was out. I figure it is a step forward ...
          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
          Primal low: 186 lbs
          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
          Goal weight: 140 lbs

          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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          • #35
            Just had my first real bike ride today... not very far or very long as I AM very unfit! It was only about 20 minutes, but lovely. I have muscles that are trying to remember what they are here for Went up to the lake just around the corner and once there sat for about 5 minutes recovering and watching the geese and other birds, then headed back home as DH had to head off to work. Now I know how quick it is to get there I think I may try getting up early a few mornings a week and head up there for a little down time/ alone time. Stay at home moms don't usually get much of this! I have always recharged in my alone time - this is a wonderful opportunity. Now that it is warmer I can get out early on my bike without much risk of really sore ears
            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
            Primal low: 186 lbs
            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
            Goal weight: 140 lbs

            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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            • #36
              Not the most energetic day after my bike ride. My sinus headache is almost gone which is wonderful. Felt like I overate today... had more than I needed I guess. Just felt off balance emotionally for some reason ... oh well, not the end of the world huh?!

              Breakfast: 2 1/2 fried eggs (the half is actually probably less as it is a bantam egg LOL) and 1 tin kippered herrings.My usual black tea with cream and stevia
              Lunch: 2 pieces sausage, greek yoghurt with almonds and strawberries. Tea with raw milk and stevia.
              Snack: I baked a primal style bread to try on the kids (they didn't like it) but I thought it was yummy esp. with loads of butter on So I had 2 slices (they are small but it was still too much)
              Dinner: Salami, salad.

              I have been toying with the idea of not using a scale for the next month to get myself over the fear of what the scale may say on any particular day. It is rather pathetic how hard it is to truly decide to do this! There is a part of me that thinks that if I don't watch myself by weighing every other day that I will let go and fall off the wagon and never make it on this journey of weight loss and health and fitness. Which really is ridiculous as I am committed to this lifestyle, I enjoy it, I find it easy to eat the food and don't feel deprived. I just need to let go of trying to control things...... so I am NOT going to weigh myself until this time next month! Instead I am going to judge how I am doing by my clothes and how I feel and look to myself. I mean, who cares what the scale says if I feel great and am losing body fat and my clothes are fitting better (or worse actually -ha ha)

              Here goes with the freedom to make choices based on what I know and understand to be true, instead of living in fear of "THE SCALE".
              Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
              Primal low: 186 lbs
              Current weight: 221.4 lbs
              Goal weight: 140 lbs

              "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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              • #37
                I just wanted to come over and say hi after you posted in my journal. Definitely get rid of your scale! Send it to a friend's house for the next month~you'll be glad you did!

                I noticed you posted you've been having sinus headaches. One thought about that: it might be the dairy. I see you include yogurt and half/half every day. I have noticed that if I overdo it on the dairy, I get sinus headaches or get a little congested. Some people do. As long as I keep it to a piece of cheese and a tablespoon in my coffee, I'm okay.

                Of course, that may not be the case with you. Cut back or cut it out and see what happens. I've been using coconut milk in my coffee lately so I can have more cheese...to me, cheese is a VERY close second to bacon. Mmmm...bacon!

                Keep up the great work! Wish you were here to teach me how to garden too. I think I have a black thumb....
                I blog about living life to the fullest at The Hairy Edge. Check it out! (Or not. We can still be friends. )

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                • #38
                  Hey BT, thanks for dropping in I am going to give DH the battery and ask him to put it somewhere lol. Otherwise I will get tempted and want to just hop on... just to see!

                  I have thought of trying to cut all the dairy out (since I can't find raw cream for my tea). I have drunk a lot of raw milk over the last years - BUT since moving I have not been able to find or afford decent milk. I keep the good stuff for the kids and have been using the organic but pasteurized and homogenized KRAP instead. WHat kind of coconut milk do you use as I only found stuff with all kinds of additives at the health store? I have never had any reactions to raw milk but I am wondering if the junk stuff is affecting me. I find it SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOO frustrating that the laws are so ridiculous about the raw milk. Just going to have to get a cow asap! In SC I used to buy a gallon of raw milk (DELICIOUS) for $6 a gallon! And quarts of raw cream and homemade butter ....

                  I have cut out all grains, sugar, legumes and that seems to agree with me. I think I just need to suck it up and drop the pasteurized dairy for a bit and see how things go with the horrid headaches. I am not someone who gets headaches usually...

                  I have to admit I adore cheese! Had some 5 year cheddar the other day that was delectable! That is another thing I would love to make if we had our own cow - raw cheeses! YUM. Gardening is such great therapy for me. I used to work in ICU and the ER and there was so much trauma and violence (South Africa!) and I found so much joy in getting things to grow and flourish and being able to harvest from our own little homestead is so much fun It is just a case of taking note of what each little plant likes and doesn't like and making sure they get the stuff they like eg water, sun, shade etc
                  Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                  Primal low: 186 lbs
                  Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                  Goal weight: 140 lbs

                  "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Coll View Post
                    WHat kind of coconut milk do you use as I only found stuff with all kinds of additives at the health store? I have never had any reactions to raw milk but I am wondering if the junk stuff is affecting me.
                    I use Thai Kitchen or Whole Paycheck's (Whole Foods ) canned versions. Definitely stay away from anything in those cartons; they're chemical badness! Most stores have cans of coconut milk. Make sure you don't get the light~it's just not as satisfying, and the fat keeps you full! If you can't find it in your store, I'll bet you can get it on Amazon.

                    Cheese is a wonder food if it's not processed crap. I LOVELOVELOVE aged raw cheddar, and I'm definitely up for any kind of stinky cheese. A couple of years ago we went to Paris, and I just about *died* in the fromagerie we visited. But if it's good, I'm just fine with a little bit, so that's good for my sinuses.

                    How cool that you spent time in South Africa! I SO want to live out of the country. Traveling is great for expanding your horizons, but living in a whole other culture...well, I think that is life changing.

                    I wish I had the gardening gene, but seriously, I killed bamboo. No one kills bamboo.
                    I blog about living life to the fullest at The Hairy Edge. Check it out! (Or not. We can still be friends. )

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                    • #40
                      Hiya Coll! Definitely get rid of that battery! Tell your husband to put it somewhere safe. It'll probably be so safe that he won't remember where the heck he put it after a month

                      Good to see your sinusses are getting better now and that you managed to pack some you-time in your day! The lake sounds lovely. How is your arm?

                      Are you giving your kids 50% chocolate? or are they just warming up to dark chocolate? Good that they tossed the sugary coloured sweets. Can't be anything good in that! Have you tried giving them fruit leather as a treat? It's fruit pulp, dried in the dehydrator. No sugar added and you can cookie-cut some cute shapes. (see! You don't have to toss those old cooking tools, just re-purpose them! )

                      I was attempting to go dairy free this week.. failed already. Cheese. What can I say (organic firm goat cheese. Yum. We have really good cheese in the Netherlands).

                      Time for bed now Have a great day!

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                      • #41
                        BeachTeach, I grew up in South Africa- born and bred So the USA is my cross cultural experience. Though I have lived here long enough that I don't fit in properly in SA either anymore I do recommend living in another country, it does wonders for your perspective! There are things that used to upset me long ago that really have no impact on me anymore. I also find that many Americans are very ethno-centric and I think because this country is so big they can forget that there is a lot more to the world than just the USA. Don't get me wrong - this is a wonderful country and I enjoy living here in many ways. I have been astounded by some people's ignorance about other countries though! Oh well, I am sure I was also ignorant before I had more international exposure

                        I am having scale withdrawal this evening! Not that I usually weight in the evening - I feel like I can't gauge how I am doing without the scale. Feel like the weight is going to sneak back and get me while I am not looking! I felt discombobulated today - feel like it would have been better for me to fast than eat but I ate all day long! I am wondering if I should go ahead and fast tomorrow - but I have been doing the leptin reset ... will it be bad to skip breakfast and lunch and only eat dinner? Have a potluck we are going to tomorrow night and I have NO clue what on earth to take... maybe I'll do a fritatta. (and DS will have a boiled egg and some raw veg)

                        Breakfast: 2 thick slices of salami, 2 1/2 fried eggs, 2 strawberries, tea with cream and stevia. (decided to try and stick to just butter and cream for the dairy for now)
                        Lunch: Salami, 1/2 apple, sliver of cheese, (blew it already on the dairy!) celery and almond butter, tea with cream and stevia.
                        Snack: mushroom and a macaroon, tea with cream and stevia
                        Dinner: scrambled eggs, hotdog, veggies and tried the fermented cauliflower... it is awesome! AND DS likes it!!! He had 2 tiny little florets (unheard of with new foods!) Started with one and then asked for another! I tried hard not to fall of my chair or let my mouth hang open He also requested plain sauerkraut so I will be making that in the next day or so, along with some more cauli-kraut

                        Looking at my food choices for the day it seems to me that I did overeat... I didn't feel ketotic today ... Plus the macaroon is unnecessary... in fact I was not hungry at lunch and I still ate. Seems I may be doing some emotional eating - hmmm, why am I doing that?

                        I have not tried the kids on 50% chocolate yet. I am still trying to warm up to the dark chocolate myself. I used to make fruit leather - just haven't gotten around to it with all the moving etc. I hadn't thought of doing the shapes though - I never did bake cookies, have never really liked baked good very much. But I could cut shapes with scissors, nice idea! The kids will eat things that normally have no real attraction if I make shapes and designs and faces with their food. Going to try that.

                        I feel as though the sinus stuff is related to allergies with spring pollens everywhere and I think I am fighting off some kind of infection. I'll feel pretty good and then suddenly I have that incredible pain in my jaw and teeth, and then a few hours later it is gone. I am interested though if the dairy is having an affect since I am not able to afford the raw stuff.... It is so hard to not have dairy - I have a love affair with dairy... Maybe though it will be good to quit it totally for a while and then when I can afford the good stuff try it again. I will have to think long and hard about this though ...

                        My arm is mostly better but it seems that some of the lesions are already coming back - yuk! Still can't properly see as there is overpigmentation and still some flaking of skin - just can't see well enough yet. But it is presently about as bad as it was pretreatment as far as how dark they are - so I am hoping that once the healing is complete that it is going to be much lighter than before. The jury is still out on this one. At least no pain at all anymore.

                        Well, so much for exercising today... guess I lost my big girl panties and went back for my wimp panties instead. I REALLY need to do some LHT but seem to be very skilled at putting it off. Pretty pathetic I must say, sigh. I guess I will just try again tomorrow. I can so sympathise with the cheese being hard to resist Shamia. I think I must try to go at least a week completely dairy free. I think I can do a week if I really put my mind to it. I need to get myself some coconut milk to try in my tea before I go without cream etc.

                        BT, you made me laugh at the killing bamboo thing! You might need to start with remedial gardening 101 if that is the case Or just stick to your strengths and leave it to those who want to do it.
                        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                        Primal low: 186 lbs
                        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                        Goal weight: 140 lbs

                        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                        • #42
                          DH hasn't hidden the scale or battery yet so guess what - I weighed myself this morning. Honestly, I wonder if someone knows where I can get a little maturity and patience. That just shows me how much I need to be shot of the darn thing! DH said he will hide the battery for me. It is kind of embarrassing that I can't let more than a couple of days go by without running to the scale for verification that I am doing ok! Anyway, my weight was 210 lbs. Lowest I have been for a long time, at least a couple of years. Yesterday I tried some of my next size down jeans on - they fit perfectly!! Kind of sad when you are this excited about fitting into a pair of size 20 pants.... I do wear my clothes loose so I could have conceivably worn them when I was at my heaviest but I have a real thing about feeling like an overstuffed sausage. You want to see what an angry momma bear is like - just put me in tight clothes and see the rage! Better for everyone if I just wear a size bigger

                          BUt now I am inspired to pull out some of my smaller clothes and keep trying those on. Some of them have not been worn for close to 11 years! THat will be a BIG victory if I get to wear some of those jeans etc. Who cares how fashionable they are - I will feel fantastic just to be in them
                          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                          Primal low: 186 lbs
                          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                          Goal weight: 140 lbs

                          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                          • #43
                            A pretty good day overall. Nice and ketotic today. I decided to skip lunch as I wasn't really hungry anyway. Went to all kinds of trouble to get the potluck food ready only to discover that I had the wrong time and we couldn't go afterall! Sigh...

                            Breakfast: 6 slices of bacon and 2 1/2 fried eggs. Black tea with cream and stevia
                            Lunch: 1/3 glass of raw milk as I had just completed my LHT and was feeling positively shaky. Black tea with cream and stevia.
                            Dinner: Bowl of chili (with beans unfortunately) and grated cheese and chutney (tomato, garlic and jalapeno)

                            I am thrilled to announce that I actually got enough gumption to do some LHT this morning. It was better than the first time - but not much! I guess it helps that there is less weight to lift and push around! I also took a chair and put it under the tree branch outside and did my 2 leg chair assisted pull-ups out there! Takes a bit of courage to get out in full view of our neighbours and all the people cruising by on the bike path and do something like that. BUt I just consoled myself that one day I'll be able to do a real pull up and then I'll be the one laughing. It was pretty torturous trying to do pull ups with tired arms and legs... I mean, those arms had just been trying to hold me up in a plank or two, I had done push aways and there I was trying to use them again to pull myself up! And my legs were of limited benefit as they were rather wobbly after the wall squats (which I find difficult to get right as my wall is rather sticky and I also found a nail (that needed to be hammered in more) with my butt. Ha ha ha! I am nervous of doing the wall squats against the wood paneling, as this is an old, rather shabby place and I can just imagine me picking up some nasty old slivers in my butt

                            Had a bad nights sleep last night as DD had nightmares and woke me up 2 or 3 times. DS woke me up as well with a bleeding nose somewhere in the middle of all that and I had to pinch his nose while 99% asleep! I really need a good sleep - it seems in short supply nowadays. I was sleeping so well when I had all the interruptions. Oh well, will try again tonight.
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • #44
                              Good for you Coll! All that exercise! How'd the pull up go?

                              (ok, and I did laugh about the finding a nail with your butt. Sorry!)

                              I got my dehydrator yesterday. It's massive
                              I could easily fit 5 pounds of beef in it (all sliced up with the grain, in neat, even slices)

                              Maybe you can fit in a nap somewhere today? Naps are very primal

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                              • #45
                                Which kind of dehydrator did you get Shamia? I have an excalibur that is so big that I haven't been able to afford enough meat to fill it! I look forward to the day when I can make loads and loads of biltong. Need to get DH to help me figure out a shelf to set it on and then I can get it going again.

                                The pull ups were pretty pathetic looking I am sure but they certainly worked both arms and legs I don't know about a nap ... I have never liked naps - I feel awful when I wake up. But I do love to flop on the bed with a good book or lie in the sun for a little while... yesterday I spent about 20 minutes watching the chickens. Very entertaining and relaxing

                                The sinus headache issue is gone, there is a bad flu/ sinus thing going around here and I think it was unable to take hold in my now sugar free body

                                OK, here is the biltong recipe: (this is very flexible so you can make it once and then you can tweak it to suit you)
                                Meat to use: Silverside (London Broil) topside, flank, eye, fillet etc

                                If your meat is not from a reliable source I recommend freezing it for at least 2 weeks to kill any parasites that may be lurking.

                                1.Cut meat into strips about 6 inches long The length really does'nt matter except that it is easier to handle at this length or longer (15 cm +/-) and about 1 1/4 cm thick.
                                2. liberally sprinkle with rock salt on both sides of meat and let it stand in a dish for about an hour. (the longer it stands and the thinner the meat the saltier it gets. I do it right around an hour if I have it 1 1/4 cm thick and less the thinner I cut it)
                                3. After an hour scrape off the extra salt with a knife.
                                4. Put apple cider vinegar in a bowl and dip the meat in the vinegar for about a second or two. Let the excess vinegar drip off.
                                This is the time to add other flavourings like worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, etc Use a basting brush to brush these on after doing the vinegar.
                                5. Sprinkle ground pepper and coursely ground coriander seed all over meat. (I also like to put some garlic powder on...)
                                6. Spread in dehydrator so each piece is not touching the others and set it on the coolest setting you can. Jerky calls for a much warmer temperature but part of the point of biltong is that the meat is preserved raw ... very healthy.
                                7. If you don't have a dehydrator hang on a line in a cool dry place and let a fan blow over it. This will take some days depending on the humidity where you live. (4 - 7 days depending on the variables) We used to hang it on a washline in our basement I used to poke a hole in one end and tie butchers string through the meat and over the line. I put newspaper or plastic under the meat to catch the drips. Keep your dogs and cats away - they LOVE this stuff.
                                8. Biltong is ready when it is quite hard, but still a little moist inside. (this is also a personal preference thing - some people like it pretty wet and others really dry. I like leaving a layer of fat down the one side to 'nom' on - caveman style gum ) You can slice a piece off the end of one and try it. If the biltong turns green it is spoiled. In the years I have been making biltong I have never had it spoil. Whatever else you do the salt and vinegar steps are essential to preserving the meat and stopping the growth of bacteria etc. With the dehydrator you will just have to watch it and see when it seems ready... still depends on the humidity in your area to a degree. Since the dehydrator warms the meat it helps to cool a piece off and then see how brittle it is, as it cools it gets stiffer.

                                Our favourite way to eat it is just sliced across the grain into thin (or not so thin slices) You can also grate it and add to scrambled egg, babies cut their teeth on a stick of it, and you can be sure it will not last long. If it is going to take a long time for you to eat it freeze it, otherwise a plastic bag in the fridge works fine for us. Once the meat is out of the fridge don't put it in plastic. Eg. if you are going backpacking wrap it in brown paper or it will go mouldy.

                                Let me know if you try it and if you like it, it is a huge delicacy in South Africa and costs an arm and a leg to buy!
                                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                                Primal low: 186 lbs
                                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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