Bagel Care Instructions
Caring for your bagels is like caring for a child... but hella easier. Here's how to best take care of your round bundle of joy:
If you're going to enjoy them within 48 hours, it's best to just leave them in a paper bag so they can breath. You can wrap them in plastic to keep the moisture in, although you'll find that the crust gets a bit softer and gummier.
To get the bagels to last several days, store them in an air-tight plastic bag or container in the fridge. The less air in there, the better. Consume within 5 days.
This is our favourite way to keep our bagels. We put them in freezer bags, and they'll last us for at least two months! To get them ready to eat, you can do you three things:
1) Pre-Slice: Slice them before you put them in the fridge, then bring out each bagel as you want it and put the frozen slices straight into the toaster.
2) Bake Whole: The best way to enjoy our bagels the way they come out of our oven: steamy inside with a nice outside crust. Pre-heat your oven to 200C, then bake for about 15-20 minutes until your bagels are brown (but not burnt) and give when you squeeze them (with a cloth, since they'll be hot!)
To shorten the baking time, you can also leave the bagels at room temperature for about 15 minutes so that they soften up before you put them in the oven. You can also slice them and put them in the toaster at this point.