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Bagels..How do I package them?

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Paddyscake

Bagels..How do I package them?

Hey..back from 2 weeks of vacation..went through bread baking withdrawal...well honestly..
it wasn't hard to give it up for 2 weeks..but..first thing home.. had to feed the starter!!!
and had to bake..so bagels!! First time..they were awesome. BBA recipe was right on..the dough
felt great..you know right away when you have a winner.

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Paddyscake

We like our bagels chewy. I hate to put them in a ziploc bag..then they soften up.
Any suggestions for storage? Thanks!

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michaelmonte

I think it's a lost cause past the first day or so. I follow the Bread Bible's suggestion of keeping the fully-cooled bagels in a paper bag on the counter. If they're only going to last a day or two, this will keep them from getting soft.

For freezer storage, I indivually-wrap each one in plastic, then put them all in a freezer bag. When you thaw them out, they require toasting, but that's not the worst thing in the world, either.

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Paddyscake

Michael..Thanks! Living in OR now. I was used to New England bagels..pick them up
fresh and hot! Unfortunately..the west coast bagels aren't very good..but I found
BBA's recipe and everyone's positive recommendations right on the money. A dozen
bagels for 2 people makes for a storage dilemma!
I think they get stale very quickly in paper, but if I put them in a unsealed ziploc
they are pretty good for a couple days..sounds weird, I know..
So..4 in a unsealed ziploc..4 to a good friend at work and 4 in the freezer..to be toasted.