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Sunday Times Food Awards

Which supermarket makes the best biltong & droëwors?

Our taste testers have spoken: here's where to head to buy the tastiest snacks

12 November 2017 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller
Biltong makes a delicious bar nibble.
Biltong makes a delicious bar nibble.
Image: 123RF/wilddrago


It's free and fair!

Taste is a subjective thing, we know, but if you gather a group of people together — as we did with Sunday Times readers — and ask them to blind-taste biltong and droewors from leading supermarkets, you are bound to find winners and losers.

The readers were presented with each of the products "naked" without any branding or packaging. They were asked to score them according to appearance, taste, suitability as a cocktail snack, generosity and whether they would buy the item.

To be sure of fairness, auditor Jade Craig oversaw the event, tallied the scores and gave the tasting her stamp of approval.

Biltong from left to right: Checkers, Pick n Pay and Woolworths.
Biltong from left to right: Checkers, Pick n Pay and Woolworths.
Image: Christoph Hoffman



FIRST PLACE: Checkers Kalahari Beef Biltong

Price: R259.99 per kg

Judges's comments:

  • James: Good biltong, great to munch during the game.
  • Puleng: Too nice!
  • Caroline: Loved it, looked great, not too thick.

SECOND PLACE: Pick n Pay Sliced Beef Biltong

Price: R36.99 for 80g

Judges's comments:

  • James: Flavour bit gamey.
  • Puleng: Tastes nice and soft.
  • Caroline: Like it, chunky.

THIRD PLACE: Woolworths Bulk Moist Sliced Beef Biltong

Price: R219.99 for 400g

Judges's comments:

  • Shantal: Bit wet, strips well cut.
  • Liz: I prefer wet biltong but tastes a bit artificial.
  • Rory: Nice and moist but no taste.
Droëwors left to right: Checkers, Pick n Pay and Woolworths.
Droëwors left to right: Checkers, Pick n Pay and Woolworths.


FIRST PLACE: Checkers Kalahari Beef Droëwors 

Price: R229.98 per kg

Judges's comments:

  • Joy: Moist and a little sweet.
  • Wynand: Tasty but still a little too wet.
  • Nthabi: My favourite, just right.

SECOND PLACE: Pick n Pay Beef Droëwors

Price: R29.99 for 80g

Judges's comments:

  • Yvette: Quite fatty.
  • Linda: Good texture and flavour.
  • Anita: Fatty with strong aftertaste.

THIRD PLACE: Woolworths Bulk Free Range Beef Droëwors

Price: R179.99 for 400g

Judges's comments:

  • James: Strong taste, not my preference.
  • Puleng: Didn’t enjoy the taste.
  • Liz: Not going to buy this one.
  • Rory: Bland, lacks spice and taste.