How To Freeze Bagels & How to Defrost Bagels

Today we’re learning how to freeze bagels. Plus, learn how to defrost bagels so that you can enjoy that fresh bagel taste months after you’ve purchased them.

Bagels are high on our list of favorite breakfast items. We use them to make bagel sandwiches, top them with jelly or cream cheese, or eat them plain.

They’re handy for busy mornings, you can add them to your bento box lunches, and it’s something the kids can grab and go or enjoy before they start school.

How to Freeze & Defrost Bagels

Free and Defrost Bagels

If you know how to freeze bagels and how to defrost them, yay! However, many people don’t know that bagels can be frozen and if that’s the case, they won’t know how to freeze bagels. Then, they wouldn’t know how to defrost bagels and so on.

If you don’t know how to freeze bagels, or even if you could freeze bagels, no need to worry. We’ve come up with a simple tutorial on freezing your bagels so that you can join in on the fun.

Freeze Store Bought or Homemade Bagels

You can purchase the bagels from your favorite local bakery or shop and then freeze them. We like to do this when they are having a special on our favorite bagels.

You can even freeze homemade bagels that you’ve made yourself and enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack.

Is Freezing Bagels Safe?

Yes, freezing bagels is safe if done correctly. If you freeze your bagels properly, they are completely safe to eat.

How To Freeze Bagels

Can You Freeze Homemade Bagels?

Of course! Freezing homemade bagels is easy and it allows you to use up those pantry staples before they go to waste. Just make the bagel, freeze it, and thaw it when you are ready to eat it.

In addition to bagels, you can use your pantry staples to make some unique cinnamon rolls!

How Long Can You Keep Frozen Bagels in the Freezer?

You can store bagels in the freezer for up to 3 months. They must be in airtight packaging and kept at a steady temp. So you don’t want to freeze, thaw, and then freeze again. (You shouldn’t do that with any food!)

Will Bagels That Have Been Frozen Taste Good?

Even after they’ve been frozen, if you freeze and defrost bagels correctly, they can taste as fresh as they were before they were frozen.

Benefits of Freezing Bagels

Freezing bagels has plenty of benefits and once you learn how to freeze bagels, life will be so much easier!

It can save you money:
Don’t let those tasty bagels go to waste! Freezing them allows you to save them for up to 3 months without having to throw them out.

If you enjoy making homemade bagels, you can whip up a large batch at a time and enjoy them when you’re ready.

You’ll have a quick and easy breakfast or snack:
The whole family can quickly pull out a frozen bagel when they want to enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack.

You can preserve their freshness:
Bagels can go stale quickly and if they aren’t eaten quickly enough, bagels can be frozen to keep them fresh and lasting longer.

How To Freeze Bagels

The supplies you will need for freezing bagels:

  • Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
  • Freezer-safe Ziplock bags or airtight containers
  • Marker for labeling

Here are the steps to freezing bagels.

  1. Slice or cut the bagels before freezing. This will help you avoid having to try to cut a frozen bagel. Trust me, it’s not fun. Plus, it will allow you to make bagel sandwiches easier.
  2. Wrap each half of the bagel separately. You can wrap each side in plastic wrap or parchment paper. If you don’t have either, a paper bag will work too.
  3. Place the bagels in a heavy-duty freezer bag that is sealable. You can also use an airtight container if you wish.
  4. Make sure to press all of the air out of the bag. You want to get as much air out as you can so that no moisture or air gets in.
  5. Date the freezer bag. Use a marker to write the date of freezing and the type of bagel.
  6. Place the bagels in the freezer. Remember, frozen bagels will usually stay good for up to 3 months.

How to Defrost Bagels

Thawing your frozen bagels isn’t hard. It’s pretty easy. Just set the frozen bagels on the counter for about 20 minutes. This will let them thaw out naturally and give you the best result.

You can also microwave them, but to be honest, we don’t recommend it. Our bagels always come out tough and chewy when we would microwave them. Now, we just let them sit out a bit before we start our schooling.

Once you have defrosted the bagels, you can then put them in the toaster or heat them in the microwave and add your favorite toppings.

Learning How to Freeze Bagels

Freezing bagels isn’t hard. The process is similar to freezing other foods and it will allow you to keep your favorite bagels for months. Just pull them out and let them thaw when you are ready to enjoy.

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How To Freeze Bagels - How to Defrost Bagels

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