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MeasurementBlues
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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
MeasurementBlues   6/3/2014 11:40:16 PM
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It appears as though I must cut down on carbs and limit my bagel intake.



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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
mhrackin   6/2/2014 11:03:20 AM
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Because I wisely never taught her how to use her cell camera....

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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 11:01:07 AM
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@mhrackin: ...my wife wanted me to take and post a "selfie" with my classic bagel/cream cheese/onion/lox/tomato Sunday breakfast, but I was too hungry to wait to eat!

Why didn;t your wife take the photo while you were gorging yourself?

 

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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
mhrackin   6/2/2014 10:56:46 AM
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A couple of pointers (based on an engineering approach to the problem):

1.  Don't microwave any bagel other than a frozen one (reference my "recipes" post earlier).  If it's just a bit stale, toast lightly.  Very stale, put it out for the birds!  Extremely stale, throw at any squirrel attacking the bird feeder.

2.  If bagel is frozen AND a bit stale or freezer-burned, nuke in a bag (paper, rolled up opening) for a time best determined experimentally, taking into account size/weight of the bagel in question and the power of your microwave.  My optimum turned out to be 31-32 seconds for a largish bagel HALF. solidly frozen, and this produces excellent results for me 98% of the time.  The few failures will have one or two small "extra-chewy" lumps that can be a challenge to consume.

The above also assumes bagels were frozen immediately after being sliced while still warm from the oven!  BTW, Max, my wife wanted me to take and post a "selfie" with my classic bagel/cream cheese/onion/lox/tomato Sunday breakfast, but I was too hungry to wait to eat! 

 

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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
Max The Magnificent   6/2/2014 10:06:14 AM
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@perl_geek: On the one occasion I tried microwaving a bagel, it appeared to have been vulcanised [...] How do you avoid this?

Don't microwave your bagel :-)

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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
Wnderer   6/1/2014 9:51:13 AM
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To remember the proper bagel preparation technique, you should recite the Bagel Sutra.

 

"We do not need to keep the bagels whole. We need to keep the bagel's hole."

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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
perl_geek   5/31/2014 2:35:08 PM
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On the one occasion I tried microwaving a bagel, it appeared to have been vulcanised. It became unbelievably chewy, nearly resistant to any shearing forces exerted by human teeth. How do you avoid this?

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Re: I'd rather wake up and smell the beignets
kfield   5/31/2014 2:33:16 PM
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@betajet I was just in New Orleans and I am so with you about the beignets!

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Re: I slice my bagels (Ha!)
kfield   5/31/2014 2:32:45 PM
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@maxthemagnificent I like my bagels really well done, cinammon raisin, with cream cheese on the side (otherwise it gets melty if it's put on a hot bagel)

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Enlightenment before nirvana
_hm   5/31/2014 12:43:25 PM
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@Max: This is a good begining of enlightemnment of life before eventual nirvana!

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