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Wondering how to store bagels? Learn how to keep bagels fresh for your short and long-term storage needs!
Whether you need to keep homemade, store-bought, or Panera bagels fresh, this guide will help you. Learn how to store bagels at room temperature and in the freezer. We'll talk about how long bagels are good for, and how to best store them for your unique needs.
Bagels are one of my favorite breakfast foods! But, the downside to bagels (and most yeasted bread) is that they don't last as long as we'd all like. If you've been wondering 'how long are bagels good for' this article will answer all your questions!
If you're interested in making bagels at home, check out my full recipe guide to overnight bagels.
If You're Eating Them Within 2-4 Days
If you just purchased or made some bagels and plan to eat them in the next couple of days, you will store the bagels at room temperature. All you need is a bread bag or something that can loosely cover and seal the bagels. Squeeze out as much air as possible, then allow the bagels to sit out at room temperature in the bread bag for 2-4 days. Remember to eat before mold or discoloration forms.
If You're Eating Them Within A Week
Chances are if you haven't eaten your bagels within a week, they are somewhat stale. To refresh your bagel, slightly moisten the outside with a damp paper towel. Then, throw the bagel in the toaster to restore some of the crunch and chewiness the bagel once had.
You can also reheat the bagel in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes.
If you've kept your bagels a full week, make sure there are no signs that they have gone bad. If there is any mold (usually white or blue colored), or an unpleasant odor, discard the bagels immediately.
If You Need Them To Last A Couple Months
If you need your bagels to last a while (up to 4 months), you can freeze them! Simple take the bagel, slice it in half, and place them in a resealable, airtight bag.
When you're ready to eat the bagel simply remove it from the freezer and pop it directly into a toaster. No thawing required!
If you made homemade bagels, make sure they are completely cooled before freezing.
What Not To Do
Believe it or not, there are a few things you want to avoid when storing bagels. Many people don't know these things, so help spread the word to your friends!
- Do not refrigerate bagels. Many people think bagels will last longer in the fridge. But, that's just not true. The fridge actually promotes staling.
- Do not tightly wrap bagels. This causes the crust to soften. And, as we know, the crisp, chewy crust is so iconic on bagels. Avoid aluminum foil or plastic wrap for bagel storage.
- Do not be tempted to waste bagels. Even if you purchase bagels and then realize you can't eat them, don't let them mold or be thrown away. Simply freeze them (instructions above).
Frequently Asked Questions
It really depends on how you want to store them! Bagels can last 2-7 days at room temperature if stored in a bread bag. Or, they can last 3-4 months if stored in the freezer.
Yes, absolutely! All you need to do is pre-slice your bagel, place them in a resealable bag, then place them in the freezer.
Typically, bagels will last 2-4 days if left out on the counter. However, if stored properly, many bagels, depending on the brand, will last closer to 7 days.
You shouldn't be storing bagels in the fridge. This just encourages them to become stale.