Being a native New Yorker, I love nothing more than a good bagel. I can always justify eating those fluffy carbs, whether first thing in the morning, during a leisurely lunch, or for a non-fussy dinner. They are very comforting.
But heading to the bagel shop is the last thing I want to do, especially during the week. After years of trial and error, I found the best way to store bagels. If you want to learn how to keep them fresh for longer, it’s time to read on.
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Why Store Bagels?
Because they are delicious, that’s why! Bagels are an excellent option for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They also work well if you happen to be on vacation.
Unfortunately, they have a short shelf life. Properly storing bagels allows you to enjoy them for weeks or even months. It’s well worth the effort.
The Best Way To Store Bagels
If you are trying to store bagels for the short term, placing them in an air-tight environment is best. Moving air can cause the bagels to go stale quicker.
The best way to store bagels for the short term is in a plastic bag with excess air removed.
As for the best spot in the kitchen, you want to store them in an excellent dry place. Mold thrives in warm, humid locations. A bread box or deep drawer a great options if you have them.
The best way to store bagels for the long term is to wrap each uncut bagel in plastic or aluminum foil and then place it in a freezer bag. They should last this way for several months.
Place the bagels at room temperature to defrost. If you want to eat them immediately, microwave until soft (approximately 30 seconds), slice, and then toast.
For softer bagels, microwave them longer. But you must eat them right away as they harden quickly.
The Best Way To Store Bagels – FAQs
We’ve got answers to all of your bagel-related storage questions.
Can You Store Bagels in Tupperware
If you are storing bagels for the short term, Tupperware is fine. Any air-tight container, whether plastic or glass, keeps the air out and maintains short-term freshness.
If you store bagels in plastic storage containers, quality will degrade after a day, but they will still be ok for 2-3 days.
Do not store bagels in Tupperware long-term. Plastic containers do not freeze well, and to keep items as fresh as possible; you don’t want any air inside. Stick with freezer bags which accomplish this task well.
How To Store Bagels For a Week
Bagels make a great lunch or breakfast for the on-the-go. They are also an excellent choice to pack for a vacation since they are crowd-pleasing and straightforward. Regardless of where you plan to eat them, to keep bagels fresh for a week, it’s best to freeze them.
Wrap each one in aluminum foil and place it in a freezer bag. Put them on the counter a few hours before the meal, and they should be ready to eat.
If you like soft bagels, cut them before freezing. It’s not ideal as it exposes more surface area to the air, but it will allow you to eat them directly from defrosting.
Store Bagels in Paper or Plastic?
Even though bagels from the store often come in a paper bag, it’s not the best method to maintain freshness. Plastic, freezer-type bags, or air-tight containers are bagels’ best short-term storage solution.
To keep the bagels fresh for a few days, take them out of the paper bags and place them in plastic. Air and humidity can quickly get through the paper.
How to Store Bagels in the Freezer
The best way to store bagels in the freezer is by individually wrapping and then placing them in a Zip-loc bag. Be sure to remove the air before sealing tight.
According to the USDA, you can safely refreeze if you defrost them and don’t use them.
How to Keep Bagels Soft For Lunch?
If you enjoy soft bagels, slice them before freezing. Cutting will allow you to defrost them for a few hours and then eat them. Wrap each sliced bagel in aluminum foil and then freeze in a storage bag.
Take the bagel out of the plastic bag to defrost. Leave the foil on. It will likely be ready to eat by lunchtime.
If it’s not ready to eat by lunch, take off the aluminum foil and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften. Be prepared to eat it right away.
Can You Store Bagels in the Fridge?
Do not store bagels in the fridge. The cooler temperatures can cause the starches to crystallize, which in turn, makes for hard bagels.
The one time a fridge is a good option is if temperatures in your home fluctuate significantly. Extreme changes can harm the quality of the bread.
How Long Do Bagels Last at Room Temperature?
Bagels last for two-three days at room temperature.
What Do You Think?
What do you think is the best way to store bagels? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear.
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