Bagel StorageUse fresh bagels quickly, as they dry out and harden within a matter of days. Store completely-cooled bagels at room temperature in plastic bags or freeze immediately. Refrigeration hastens staleness. Refresh bagels by slightly wetting the exterior (a damp paper towel works well) and baking at 350 degrees F. for 10 minutes.
Frozen bagels will keep for 3 to 4 months in an airtight bag in the freezer at 0 degrees F. Pre-slice fresh bagels almost all the way through before freezing. Frozen bagels need not be thawed before toasting.
How to Safely Slice a BagelBagel popularity has given rise to many creative bagel-slicing contraptions, some would say from necessity. According to the head of the Department of Emergency Services at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, USA, the greatest under-reported injury is hand cuts from slicing bagels.
If you do not own a bagel slicer, you can safely slice your bagel like this: place bagel flat on table with hand on top and hold firmly; use a serrated knife to slice halfway through, keeping blade horizontal to the table; stand bagel on its end, and finish slicing downward while gripping the upper sliced half.
Booming Bagel BusinessThe bagel has skyrocketed in popularity since the 1960s. According to some statisticians, consumption has increased by a factor of twenty. Americans alone consume upwards of 4 pounds of bagels per capita per year, the majority of them frozen. In 2007, sales of fresh, frozen, and refrigerated bagels topped $6 million. Check out the bagel recipes and popular spreads, and you will see what the fuss is all about.
Again, purists will argue that a good bagel need no adornment, but lox and/or cream cheese tend to be the most popular toppings these days. Bagel usage has expanded from its use as just a form of bread, to a bread replacement for sandwiches, snacks like bagel chips, and even bagel-dough-wrapped weiners.
More about Bagels and Bagel Recipes:• What are bagels? FAQ
• Bagel Storage and Slicing Tips
• Bagel History
• Bagel Recipes
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