Hurood is a traditional fermented milk product prepared by traditional Mongolian techniques of fermenting raw milk, partial degreasing, heating, whey drainage, emulsification of curd, and molding. Currently, Hurood available in the market is generally prepared by small-scale enterprises at home or in open air. Therefore, lack of standardization of bacterial starter culture leads to variation in the flavor and sensory properties of Hurood from batch to batch. In this study, we aimed to assess the best starter culture combination obtained from 37 lactic acid bacterial strains isolated from traditional Hurood. The solidification state and sensory quality were used as indexes for determining the fermentation efficiency of the bacterial starter culture combinations. The yield and texture characteristics were used to determine the optimal ratio of bacterial strains in a combination and the processing conditions for traditional Hurood production. The most optimal bacterial culture combination was observed to be NF 9-3:NF 10-4:CH...

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