How to Keep Bagels Fresh

how to keep bagels fresh

Bagel aficionados know that figuring out how to keep bagels fresh is just as important as buying the right bagels in the first place. And as a company that specializes in shipping fresh bagels so that they’re as fresh when they get to your door as they were when they left our ovens, we certainly know a thing or two about how to store bagels so that they keep for longer.

First, the good news: storing your favorite bagels is easier than you might think. Although bagels are notorious for going stale rather quickly (a fresh bagel can harden out in just 48 hours), proper storage can ensure your bagel maintains its fluffy texture until you’re ready to eat it.

Without further ado, here’s how to store fresh bagels so that they’re ready to go when you’re ready to eat them.

If you’re going to eat them within a couple of days…

For the ultimate in bagel goodness, you usually want to eat your bagels within 48 hours or less of receiving your shipment. Store your bagels in a rolled-up paper bag on your counter. This will allow them to stay fresh without exposing them to a lot of air or moisture. You may notice the texture gets a bit chewier, but overall freshness will remain.

Depending on the size of your shipment from us you probably won’t be able to eat all of the bagels in this amount of time. Store what you know you’ll eat right away using this method, and skip down below for information on storing the rest of your bagel haul.

If you’re going to eat them within a week…

Store bagels that you intend to eat within four to six days in a rolled up paper bag placed inside a sealed plastic bag. This adds an extra layer of protection from the outside elements and helps the bagels maintain their texture. Note that the bagels may harden slightly during this time, though they won’t go completely stale. To revive a bagel that’s gone a bit too hard, sprinkle it with water, wrap it in a paper towel, and microwave in 15-second increments until you’ve achieved the perfect texture.

If you’re not really sure when you’re going to eat them…

For all bagels that you don’t have immediate plans to enjoy, your best bet is going to be the freezer. Slice each bagel and put them in a resealable plastic bag before freezing. When you’re ready to eat one, remove it from the bag and stick it right into the toaster. If you prefer an untoasted bagel, follow the same steps from above, sprinkling the bagel with water, wrapping it in a paper towel, and sticking it in the microwave. You can also sprinkle it with water and put it in the oven at 350 degrees until the inside of the bagel feels soft again.

Storing your bagels the right way will help you keep your bagels from The Bagel Club fresh for longer. When in doubt, pop ‘em in the freezer right away, since bagels that sit on the counter before going into the freezer will be harder to revive later on.