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Dec 14, 2013 05:42 AM

Bagels in the freezer

Anyone have experience on how long one can keep bagels in the freezer before noticing a significant difference after defrost and toast? thanks in advance.

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  1. We regularly freeze bagels when we get them, and they are always fine for at least two months. After two months we are always out of them, so none are around longer than that.

    1. Most Lenders bagels are sold frozen, and they seem to last indefinitely.

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      1. re: Veggo

        The Lenders in my freezer are so going at it with the fruitcake I got at my first bar mitzvah.

        1. re: Veggo

          Sorry, those are not bagels. They are a bagel food substance.

          1. re: Veggo

            I take Lenders "bread rings" to the carnival for the ring toss. UGH!!

            1. re: Motosport

              Moto, not much hole in them thar might have to buy your own teddy bear!

              1. re: Veggo

                So far I have yet to win a Kewpie doll!

          2. If you are toasting the bagels, they should hold in the freezer for at least a month. For eating untoasted, a week or 2.

            1. The trick is to slice them before freezing then straight in the toaster. They should last a long time. The sooner you get the bagels in the freezer the better.

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              1. re: DowntownJosie

                "The sooner you get the bagels in the freezer the better."

                Thanks for the reply. I buy and make my own bagels. When I make them, the ones i store I make sure they go right into the freezer after cooling a bit. However, the ones i buy in NY dont get into the freezer after 3-4 hours. Any idea if there is a window of time of sorts that I should be working with to get my bagels into the freezer? thanks in advance

                1. re: majordanby

                  You're talking about the NY ones, right? By the time we fly back to NorCal, ours have probably been 'at rest' for 24 hours. The freezing technique I described above works fine for us.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Good to know since when I go into the city I usually get bagels to bring home and it is a good 4 hour window.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I used to live in NorCal. Now in the east coast. Schmendrick's made a good bagel (but $3 per bagel!!). I usually made mine or got them at authentic bagel co in oakland on my back from the JLS market.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Same here- if i show up at my parents without bagels when i visit i might not have a ride from the airport!
                        They end up frozen within a day of purchase, so prob 36hrs or so old

                  2. When we go to NYC, we bring home a couple of dozen. We wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and then into a zipping bag. Toasted they last as long as it takes us to eat them :) But we try to ration them so probably a couple of months. I did try to FoodSaver one and that was a BIG mistake. Flat as a flitter!