The Key To Freezing Bagels The Right Way + Making Them Taste Fresh Again

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We've shared tips for how to freeze everything from milk and eggs to meat and vegetables. Now, in honor of Rachael's "bagel lab," owners Danielle and Louis of Bear's Cup in Bolton Landing, New York (where Rach and John get their bagels up in the Adirondacks!) are sharing their pro tips and tricks for freezing bagels and making them taste fresh again. 

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Bear's Cup


1. Slice the bagels before freezing them.

"You don't want to take your bagel out of the freezer and then try and cut a frozen bagel," Danielle says.

2. Wrap both halves tightly.

"If you don't want to use saran wrap, you can use parchment paper or wax bags," Louis says. "You can even use a paper bag."

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3. Put wrapped bagels in a sealable freezer bag. 

"What's ultimately important is that we have a sealable freezer bag on the outside of everything," Louis says. To avoid freezer burn and keep the moisture locked in, let all of the air out before sealing the bag.


1. Hydrate the bagels.

Before toasting them, run your frozen bagel halves under a faucet or spritz them using a spray bottle, Louis suggests.

2. Toast the bagels.

"What you're going to get is a bagel that tastes pretty fresh," Danielle says.

Now that you have fresh bagels ready to go, you have to make these French Toast Bagels. (No, really, have to.) 

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