HOW CAN YOU REVIVE OR REPURPOSE STALE BAGELS?
You can typically revive stale bagels in the oven or microwave. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Next, quickly wet the bagel with warm water, either by placing it under running water or submerging it in a bowl for no longer than 15 seconds. To achieve the bagel’s signature soft inner texture paired with a slightly crisp exterior, wrap the damp bagel gently in aluminum foil and place it on a baking sheet. Allow it to bake for approximately five minutes in the heated oven.
To refresh a stale bagel using a microwave, place it on a plate that’s safe for microwave use. Lightly sprinkle some water on it or give it a quick mist. Heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds. You can also wrap the bagel in a damp paper towel and microwave it for 15 seconds. Another method is to cover the bagel with a moistened paper towel and heat it 10 seconds at a time until it achieves your desired result. Be cautious not to overheat the bagel, as it might turn harder rather than softer.
Bagels can often regain some of their former glory with these methods, but if they’re too far gone, consider repurposing bagels as breadcrumbs for cooking, or grind them to make a tasty crust for dishes. Stale bagels can also be turned into croutons for salads or soups. Get creative and reduce food waste by repurposing rather than discarding.