Fresh yeast breads have a limited shelf life when exposed to air. For ideal bagel enjoyment, use a storage method that is based on when you will be eating your bagels. For the best tasting bagels – eat within a week of purchase.
Bagel to be eaten with-in 24 hours: Keep bagels in a sealed plastic bag.
Bagels to be eaten in 2-7 days: Slice bagels in half and freeze them in a freezer storage bag. When you have a yen for a bagel, reheat the two halves in your toaster. For a softer crust, use your microwave at low power for one minute. (Results may vary based on microwave oven.)
History on Bagels
A theory on their origin ascribes their creation to a Viennese baker who wanted to honor the king of Poland, Jan Sobietsky. In 1683, the king had saved Austria from an invasion by the Turks. As the story goes, the baker shaped bread dough into a stirrup shape to celebrate Sobietsky’s skill as a horseman. The Austrian word for stirrup is “Beugel.”