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favor-“ette”: how to make a citrus twist

I was working on a recipe for a client recently, and needed to make a citrus garnish. I typically just hang a slice of lemon/lime/whatever on the rim of the glass, but I wanted to step it up a bit. I’d always been smitten with those citrus twists I’d see adorning various dishes and decided to try my hand at it.

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Most of the tutorials I found required the purchase of a zester with a channel knife, which I had no intention of getting as I use my trusty microplane to zest. But further digging turned up a much easier solution, requiring nothing more than a spoon and knife!

Start with your fruit – any will work.

How to Make a Citrus Twist l sherisilver.com

Then cut off the ends, so that the flesh is exposed on both sides. Use a spoon to dig between the flesh and the pith, going all around so that you can easily remove the flesh. You should now have a “cylinder”, and will cut a slit down the side to open it up.

How to Make a Citrus Twist l sherisilver.com

Roll the flesh up into a tight spiral, and secure with a rubber band. Let sit for about an hour (can be done earlier in the day too; store covered in the fridge).

How to Make a Citrus Twist l sherisilver.com

When ready to use, remove the rubber band and slice the spiral into 1/4″ thick strips. Gently open up the spirals into a twist and garnish as desired.

How to Make a Citrus Twist l sherisilver.com

Easy!

I’d love to try to candy these curls at some point, but am wondering if they’ll lose their shape once cooked.

Stay tuned for another easy citrus garnish coming soon, and check out my Pinterest boards for more favor-“ettes” and kitchen hacks!

How to Make a Citrus Twist l sherisilver.com

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