Bokkoms are salted and dried mullet (a type of fish commonly known in the Western Cape as “harders”). The salted fish is dried in the sun and wind and is eaten after peeling off the skin. It is also referred to as “fish biltong”.
Bokkoms is an acquired taste; while not as popular as biltong there are quite a few people who really like it and this has opened up a cottage industry – even to other countries where there are South African expat communities. It can also be operated alongside a biltong business.
Starting out, the way to make money in the Bokkom game is not to catch the fish or even dry it but to buy the fish in bulk from those already doing so and cleaning, packaging and distributing it.
Once cleaned into fillets the bokkoms are vacuum sealed (usually with a toothpick and a complimentary mint) and distributed to be sold in shops and markets.
(Please note below is for illustration only, make sure you have a clean facility if you making food to be consumed by others).
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