The lemon stripper (aka canella knife) is often used for garnishing and food decoration. It has a flat, hollow circle of metal with a small protruding flange or lip on one side. With it, you can strip the peel or skin from your citrus fruits and vegetables to make many wonderful decorative garnishes.
The motion you use is one of pulling the stripper across the skin of the fruit or vegetable and thereby removing a uniform strip of peel.
Here is how to handle the lemon stripper and what interesting garnishes you can make with it. We will use the example of an orange.
Step 1: To strip the peel from an orange, place the protruding edge of the lemon stripper firmly against the orange. Applying sufficient pressure, draw the lemon stripper toward your thumb. You must continue to press firmly while you are stripping or you won’t obtain a thick enough peel.
Step 2: In order to make the first garnish, pull the lemon stripper around the orange from the top to the bottom until there are 8 equal petals of divisions. Tie the curly strips of peel into knots and use them as a separate garnish (the Lovers’ Knots).
Step 3: Turn the orange on its side and cut thin slices.
Step 4: Have the slices if you wish to use them as a border garnish.
To remove the colorful peel from an orange in one unbroken strip, leaving the strip attached to the base of the orange for a very elegant garnish:
1) Begin at the top of the orange just below the stem end, pulling the lemon stripper around the fruit as evenly as possible until you come to within 1” of the base. Slide the lemon stripper right back along the whole strip of peel until it slides off the end.
2) Turn the orange on its side and cut a slice from the base so that the fruit will stand steadily.