Do you have leftover bagels? Let’s discuss how to reheat a bagel properly.
Originating from the Jewish communities of Poland, the bagel soon spread out to the rest of the world. The jury is out and we’ve collectively decided that bagels get to stay.
Whether you like them plain or chock-full of asiago and lox, bagels owe at least a part of their international acclaim to their versatility. Day old, frozen, and refrigerated bagels can still taste great as long as you reheat them properly.
We’ll discuss some of the most effective ways to preserve the soft, fresh out of the oven appeal of a bagel when reheating them.
How to Reheat a Bagel
For day old and stale bagels, the old “dip and heat” method works best. First, run the bagel directly under warm water for fifteen seconds.
After the skin of the bagel is sufficiently saturated, place it in the oven at 375 degrees. Leave it in the oven for four to five minutes on the middle rack.
When using this method, try to count out the seconds in order to avoid over-saturating the bagel. If you’ve made it too moist, bake it in the oven for a minute or two longer.
Alternatively, you can microwave the dry bagel with a cup of warm water in order to get it moist again. However, it won’t have the same degree of crispiness as a bagel heated in the oven.
Can You Reheat a Bagel with Toppings?
Depending on your taste preferences, it’s possible to properly reheat a bagel with cream cheese, butter, honey, or other runny toppings. You can even reheat a previously cream cheesed bagel; however, it’s best to consume the bagel directly after adding the toppings.
Pop the bagel in the microwave for ten seconds on high, or in the oven for four to five minutes at 325 degrees F. The bagel will be saturated with deliciously runny, warm cream cheese.
Keep in mind that it’s not possible to toast a bagel with toppings on it safely, as the topping could easily burn in a toaster oven.
Best Practices for Reheating Bagels
Contrary to popular thought, bagels do go bad – eventually. Like other bread products, spoiled bagels will have a bitter smell when they start to go bad.
Avoid eating any bagel that has grown any mold.
To store a bagel, wrap it tightly in foil and place it in the freezer. The bagel will retain best quality for three months; however, in a sub-zero freezer, the bagel can last indefinitely.
Once you’re ready, take out the frozen bagel in its foil. Place in a pre-heated 300 degrees F oven for fifteen to twenty minutes so that it can thaw and warm.
If you plan to eat a bagel within the next few days, it’s easiest just to store it in the fridge for up to seven days.