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Like to garnish? It’s one of the easiest ways to make everyday foods look special.
For quick citrus peel garnishes, get a channel peeler (a.k.a. channel knife), an inexpensive kitchen gadget. (The channel peeler in the photo below is on sale for less than $6.)
The channel knife was originally devised so that bartenders could easily peel citrus strips for cocktails. You can use the citrus peel—grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange—to make garnishes for everything you serve.
The small but sharp holes at the top head that remove the zest from the pith of lemons and other citrus fruits easily.
The lip underneath it peels wider, long strips the entire length of the fruit.
Hot and cold beverages
Rice and grains
Beyond citrus, you can cut strips from any firm fruit or vegetable: apples, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. The thin strands can be used to garnish anything, including:
Orange peel “knots” garnish a cocktail. Photo courtesy Boulud | Boston.
A channel peeler or channel knife. Photo courtesy 1EasyLife.com.
MORE WAYS TO USE THE PEEL
Add it to cake or muffin batter.
Dry it to add to cookies, or to keep on the spice shelf.
Freeze it inside ice cubes.
Longer strands can be knotted into fancy garnish, as in the photo above, a Cosmo from Bar Boulud in Boston.
Extra peel can be frozen. Here’s more on zesting peel.
And the next time someone requests a cup of tea with lemon, add a tablespoon of lemon peel instead.
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