ke·​fir | \ ke-ˈfir How to pronounce kefir (audio) ; ˈkē-fər How to pronounce kefir (audio) , ˈke- How to pronounce kefir (audio) \

Definition of kefir

: a beverage of fermented cow's milk

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Recent Examples on the Web Don't forget probiotics like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. Angela Dewan, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, April 17," 17 Apr. 2020 There’s whole-milk yogurt (or kefir plus egg yolks) blended up with garlic and dill for the bright sauce. Sohla El-waylly, Bon Appétit, "This Pasta Is So Creamy, Tangy, and Delicious, I Can Never Look at Mac n’ Cheese the Same Way Again," 2 Apr. 2020 The team is even concocting kefir shots and cherry juice (from local cherry wine brand Frederiksdal) to help boost immune systems. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Copenhagen Is Feeding the Homeless During the Coronavirus Outbreak," 30 Mar. 2020 Sources of probiotics include fermented dairy foods such as yogurt and kefir, and aged cheeses, as well as fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and sourdough bread. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "How to strengthen your immunity to coronavirus. Part 1: Diet," 25 Mar. 2020 The health effects of kefir — a fermented dairy beverage — are the best studied, but the rest of the fermented food world is more of a question mark. Carrie Dennett, Washington Post, "Fermented foods such as kombucha are trendy, but they’re not necessarily probiotics," 8 Jan. 2020 Kluyveromyces lactis, or milk yeast, is found in French and Italian cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, and in natural fermented dairy drinks like kefir. John Morrissey, Quartz, "A chance encounter between a fruit fly and a pail of milk gave us cheese," 11 Dec. 2019 In the cookbook, the croquettes are served in a slight variation, with a kefir and watercress sauce. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: Lentil croquettes from Bar Tartine alumni," 4 Oct. 2019 From kombucha to kefir, tepache to mead, natural wine to probiotic sodas, everything cultured, fizzy-fied and aged is old-but-new again. Erin Booke, Dallas News, "How Dallas is dipping into the world of dark, funky, fermented teas," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of kefir

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Kefir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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