How to toast bagels in the oven? (2 ways)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “how to toast bagels in the oven?”, discuss how do you rescue a toasted bagel, and how can you properly store the bagels.

How to toast bagels in the oven?

To toast a bagel in the oven, you need to preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Place the bagels on grates or baking sheet and let them toast for 1-2 minutes by keeping an eye on the bagel so that it doesn’t end up burned.

You can also preheat the oven at 180 Fahrenheit for slow roasting. In this, you need to provide 5-10 minutes for bagels to be toasted.

In the oven, there are 2 ways to quickly toast the bagels in the oven. The details of these two ways are given below:

  1. Broil in an oven

If you need to toast the bagels as fast as possible, then broiling them in the oven will serve as the best option. For this, you need to follow these steps:

  • First of all, put the bagels on the grill of the rack that is closest to the top of the oven to make sure that the heat is dissipated as evenly as possible to avoid the bagels getting too hot too fast and winding up a blackened pile of dust.
  • Once the grill is ready to take the bagels, it’s time to preheat the oven at 350 Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Now, pop the bagels in for toasting.
  • Keep an eye on the bagels while toasting, to avoid overcooking them.
  • Once the bagels are done, take them out and let them cool.
  1. Slow roast in the oven

To have evenly brown toasted bagels, the convenient but not quick way is to slowly roast them in the oven. Toasting the bagels this way will not force you to keep a regular check on the bagels to avoid them from burning. So you can go away from the oven to accomplish some other tasks while your bagels are being toasted. For this, follow these steps:

  • Place the bagels on the middle grill of the rack, either using grates or on baking sheets.
  • Once the grill is ready to take the bagels, preheat the oven at 180 Fahrenheit by setting the oven to a “slow roasting” setting.
  • Now, pop the bagels in for toasting.
  • Let them toast for 5-10 minutes by flipping them over about halfway through that process so both sides cook evenly.
  • After 10 minutes, take them out and let them cool.

How do you rescue a toasted bagel?

When a bagel comes out of the oven, it loses most of its desirable eating qualities within an hour if it is not consumed. These desirable eating qualities become distinct over the whole day. So we need to address ways of casting a lifeline out to bagels that are on the brink of falling over the worth eating barrier.

In this scenario, two important things need to be addressed; dehydration and staling.

Dehydration

Dehydration is a process in which the bagels lose their inside water, and that water leaps to the atmosphere never to recover. This process speeds up when the bagels are placed on the kitchen slab openly. To lessen this phenomenon, you better need to keep the toasted bagels in an airtight plastic bag which can maintain the water content of the bagels, thereby slowing the dehydration process.

Staling

Staling is a process in which there is retrogradation of gelatinized starch into a rigid crystalline structure. This ends up making the bagel’s bread tough and firm. To mitigate this, you can provide minor heat to the bagels so that the molecules of starch lose their firmness and the softness of bread is restored.

How can you properly store the bagels?

If you want to reheat your bagels, you need to properly store them. Otherwise, all you end up will be losing the bagels as they will be too dry and tough to be used. The hearty bread of the bagels can be stored at room temperature by using a paper bag or a bread box. As refrigeration temperature can hasten the process of staling, so it is not a good idea to store them in the refrigerator.

If you know how to alleviate the staling process, then you can also store the bagels in the refrigerator. To store the bagels in the refrigerator, place the bagels in a sealed zipper locked bag and put that bag in the fridge.

If you want to store the bagels for a longer period, then you should wrap the individual bagel in heavy-duty aluminum foil and place the wrapped bagels in the fridge. You can store the bagels in the fridge for up to a month.

Conclusion: 

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to toast bagels in the oven?”, discussed why do you need to toast a bagel, and how can you properly store the bagels. 

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