Yes, you can freeze bagels to increase their shelf-life. Freezing bagels properly extends the expiry by preserving their flavor and texture. Storing bagels in the freezer can also yield better taste over time compared to fridge storage for the same duration.
Freezing bagels in their original packaging can protect them from freezer burn, but individual or smaller serving sizes might better preserve their texture and freshness. Freezing individually is best for freshness and longevity as it minimizes exposure to air and prevents freezer burn.
How To Freeze Bagels Safely
- Whether you have brand new or leftover bagels, choose your storage method. We typically recommend airtight plastic/glass containers or sturdy freezer bags for long-term storage freshness.
- Transfer it to where you plan to store it.
- Be sure to leave about 1-2 inches of headspace to allow for expansion. Don’t leave too much room though because it’s generally good to minimize air exposure as much as possible when freezing food.
- Label your containers or freezer bags as ‘Frozen bagels’ with today’s date.
- Lay the bags flat in the freezer so they freeze quickly. If you’re using containers instead, place them in the freezer upright. Once completely frozen, both the bags and containers can be stacked and/or stored upright.
When you’re ready to eat the bagels you just froze, do not thaw them at room temperature. Read our guide on how to thaw bagels safely. Not only will it prevent you from getting food poisoning, applying the correct defrosting techniques keeps their texture & quality intact.
How Long Can You Freeze Bagels?
You can freeze bagels for up to 1-2 months as long as they’re frozen correctly. Freezing bagels extends longevity & allows you to store them for an increased time but all frozen food expires eventually.
Freeze smaller bagel portions within 2-3 days of purchasing for optimal freshness. Store leftover bagels in an airtight container after they’re initially opened.
Removing & defrosting frozen bagels within 3-6 months of freezer storage helps to prevent freezer burn, off-flavoring, and food poisoning. Anything longer than that puts the food at risk of:
|Dehydration and oxidation due to air exposure
|Use well-sealed containers or bags
|Loss of Freshness
|Flavor and texture degradation over time
|Consume within recommended time frame
|Potential bacterial growth if improperly stored or thawed
|Follow safe defrosting practices