How To Store Bagels To Keep Them Fresh for As Long As Possible

Never let a good bagel go to waste with these simple storage tips.



Bagels are a morning favorite — they’re perfect as a grab-and-go option with a cup of coffee or part of a leisurely weekend brunch.

Keep your bagels fresh for as long as possible with these storage tips and tricks.



How to Store Bagels

Bagels have a unique structure and should be stored properly to retain the quality. Avoid leaving them uncovered and exposed to air for too long.

It’s best to store bagels on the counter in a paper or zip-top bag (make sure your bagels aren't still warm when you put them in bags or they will get soggy).

Avoid storing bagels in the fridge. Refrigerating bagels can cause them to become stale faster, as all the starch molecules will recrystallize at cool temperatures.


How Long Do Bagels Last?

Bagels will stay fresh and soft (when stored properly) for up to five days at room temperature and approximately three months in the freezer.

The bagels sold in sealed plastic bags in grocery stores usually contain preservatives, which make them ideal for storing. Homemade bagels, while extra delicious, will likely not last as long.

Can You Freeze Bagels?

Yes, you can freeze bagels! Freezing bagels is a great way to preserve them. In fact, this is why some bagels are actually sold frozen.

How to Freeze Bagels

Before you freeze your bagels, go ahead and slice them in half horizontally. You don't want to try and slice a frozen bagel later!

Wrap both halves of a fresh bagel in plastic wrap, foil, or wax paper — this step will prevent the bagel halves from sticking together and freezing to each other in storage. Place both wrapped halves of the bagels together in a sealable freezer-safe bag. Freeze and store for up to 3-4 months. Thaw at room temperature.


What to Do With Stale Bagels

Sometimes you might find yourself with more bagels than you can consume for one weekend brunch.

Check out our collection of Leftover Bagel Ideas for delicious inspiration.

Read the original article on All Recipes.