making boerewors

Make Your Own Boerewors

Different herbs and spices give each boerewors recipe its unique flavour profile, and they are usually passed down from generation to generation. Today, pre-packed spices are added to minced meat and spek to deliver the differing flavours of boerewors found in all South African supermarkets. Nevertheless, making your own boerewors is a rewarding experience.

Here are some examples of ingredients used in boerewors:

  • 3 kgs meat (either one type or any combination of beef, pork, mutton or ostrich)
  • 500g spek
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 7 teaspoons ground coriander, or coriander seeds roughly ground
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • Casings

Cut meat and spek into cubes and add all the spices. Let this stand for an hour and then mince and fill casings.

  • Optional ingredients:
  • ½ cup port or sherry
  • 1 bulb garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • 12 sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
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