I too slice my bagels through. I buy a baker's dozen at a time, slice them as soon aa I arrive home (while they are still warm!), and put them in sealed freezer bags (except for the one I choose to consume immediately). These then go directly into the freezer (strangely enough), to be enjoyed over the next weeks. Upon removal from a freezer bag (half a bagel), 32 seconds in the microwave restores it to virtually the same state as it was following slicing. At that point, I may choose to lightly toast it, or use it as the base for an open-face grilled sandwich. I have many favorite recipes; the standard "bagel and lox, with the cheese in the middle, with a little bit of onion (Vidalia) on the side" topped with a thick slab of fully-ripe home-grown tomato is always an option. The open-face grilled options include extra-sharp Cheddar or Jarlsburg, or Provolone, etc. usually topped again with tomato or roasted red bell pepper then into the toaster oven set to broil for a few minutes,. These variations always start with a light spray of EV olive oil directly on the cut face of the bagel, then a dusting of garlic powder, dried basil, anise and/or caraway seeds etc. then depending on whim and what's in the fridge, some sliced olives, sauteed mushrooms or onions, etc. Finally the cheese goes on, with or without another topping or two. One unusual happy marriage of "double smoke" includes smoked Gouda cheese and lox! They really complement each other. Try them in an omelet or (my favorite) frittatta also. Since ours is a Kosher kitchen, no bacon, Max.
That is the basis of MY daily breakfast (and usually weekend brunch as well)! I hope these suggestions inspire all bagel (and lox et al.) lovers to indulge!
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?
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!
I slice my bagels all the way through and love to lavish them with cream cheese and either salmon or bacon
I don't think Martin was compaining about slicing the bagel in the horizontal plane, leaving the hole as a whole(??). I am sure he was maintaing that bagel purity is compromiised by slicing it vertically after slicing it horizontally.
@antedeluvian: I don't think Martin was compaining about slicing the bagel in the horizontal plane, leaving the hole as a whole(??). I am sure he was maintaing that bagel purity is compromiised by slicing it vertically after slicing it horizontally.
I'm not saying you are wrong ... but I had the impression he was talking about slicing it horizontally ... I was hoping this blog would slip under his "Bagel Radar" ... but I fear we are now forced to ask him to clarify...
I think some of the angst may because our happiness isn't defined by hot water, but by our relationships -- and I'm not sure modern technology has helped make our relationships stronger. So, yes, take advantage of modern stuff, but put the important people in your life first.
@TonyTib: ...take advantage of modern stuff, but put the important people in your life first...
I totally agree that loving and being loved are a #1 priority (right up there with food, water, and shelter).
I'm not singing the praises of modern stuff like spartphones and tablets and computer games -- I'm more thinking about out ease of access to copious amounts of cheap food -- and clothing -- and living in nice clean temperature-controlled homes without water dripping on our heads.