In this study, pastirma samples were produced using potassium nitrate and commercial starter culture (Staphylococcus carnosus + Lactobacillus pentosus). The meat for pastirma was dry cured with NaCl, glucose and saccarose together with KNO3. The use of starter culture in pastirma production had a significant effect on counts of total aerobic mesophilic bacteria, Micrococcus/Staphylococcus and lactic acid bacteria. The maximum counts of microorganisms were found in the 2(nd) stage of the drying process. There was no significant difference between yeast mould counts in control and starter added samples. Nitrite and nitrate residues were lower in commercial starter added samples than in the control group. In addition, starter added samples contained more non-protein nitrogen.