Our Bulgarian Sirene (hard white brined cheese) starter makes a delicious sirene that turns out perfectly every time. Crumbly or creamy with excellent taste and great aroma, it’s never been easier to make your own sirene.
Bulgarian Sirene is a type of hard white cheese. It is very similar to the feta cheese variety but has a sharper, tarter taste and the most delicious aroma you can imagine thanks to the presence of lactobacillus bulgaricus lactic acid bacteria.
Each pack contains loose powder mix, in perfect proportions, of a collection of bacterial strains required to make sirene, amongst which — the ubiquitous lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus.
Our Sirene starter is made and packaged in Bulgaria. It is organic and fully natural with no preservatives, additives, artificial colors or flavors. It contains no GMO ingredients and it is gluten free.
Ingredients: Live active lactic acid cultures (lactobacillus bulgaricus, streptococcus thermophilus, lactococcus lactis, lactococcus cremoris, lactococcus dyacetylactis, lactococcus helveticus)
Type: Bulgarian sirene culture.
Strength: 1 gram of starter contains more than 25 billion cfu of lactic acid probiotic bacteria. 100% potency guaranteed.
Origin: Produced in Bulgaria.
Ingredients and Product Information
Each pack contains freeze-dried live active lactic acid sirene starter cultures. Since the bacteria is grown on organic dried milk powder, the pack also contains a minute (very small) quantity of dried organic milk powder, which is completely consumed by the bacteria during fermentation.
Bacillus Bulgaricus sirene starter is fully natural with no additives, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. It contains no GMO ingredients and it is gluten free.
It is manufactured and harvested in a strictly regulated sterile environment so it does not contain nor it has been in contact with nuts, soy and other common allergens.
1 gram of the starter contains more than 25 billon cfu of lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus in a proprietary formula mix. This is (at least) double the potency of other sirene starters generally available on the market, which guarantees the best results possible. 100% potency guaranteed.
Bacillus Bulgaricus Sirene Starter is best kept in a cold dry place. Your fridge or freezer works best for this. You can store the packs in your freezer, at around 0°F (-18°C) or lower, for up to two years. You can store the packs in your fridge, at around 40°F (4°C), for about 6 months. Avoid keeping the packs at room temperature for prolonged periods of time as it will decrease the activity of the lactic acid bacteria in it. Unfreezing the starter and freezing it again (even more than once) is ok.
Transporting the packs will not damage the live culture inside — we use a freeze-dried process that keeps it alive even during long trips at ambient temperatures. Once you receive your packs tho, pop them in the freezer quickly for best storage conditions.
How Does It Work?
When you introduce the live culture into prepared milk the streptococcus thermophilus bacteria goes into action first and prepares the perfect environment for lactobacillus bulgaricus and the rest of the cultures, which starts multiplying and slowly turns the milk into genuine Bulgarian sirene.
These beneficial, transient bacteria work together in the fermentation process that turns milk into a naturally sweet, smooth, fresh-tasting, super delicious sirene.
The process takes approximately 24 hours to complete.
Make Your Own Sirene
Making Sirene is very easy and requires no special handling or aging, so you can easily and quickly do it at home.Get some here