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