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.
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: