When reheating bagels at home, whether you’ve stored your stash in the freezer, the fridge, or the breadbox, always spritz them with some water first. I have a small water spray bottle I keep in the kitchen for this exact purpose (okay, and to help discipline the cats, i.e., “Mr. Bigglesworth get OFF the table! SQUIRT”).
Since bagels are first cooked by boiling, heating them up this way helps them retain or even regain lost moisture. It also helps bring back that crisp texture that is so satisfying to bite into. It’s almost crazy that such a simple step can make sure a big difference in taste and texture but it’s a tip I learned many moons ago working in food prep.
In terms of where to get yummy bagels locally, you may recall our previous discussions. I’ve been working from home a lot lately so I’ve been enjoying Ray’s New York Bagels quite a bit, especially when it is a pain to find time to get to Harvest Co-op before they run out of their awesome, fresh bagels. Enjoy!