How Long Do Bagels Last?


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1-3 days
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3 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do bagels last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep freshly baked bagels in a dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of bagels, store baked and fully cooled bagels in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature.
  • Properly stored, freshly baked bagels will last for about 1 to 3 days at normal room temperature.
  • How long do bagels last in the fridge? Freshly baked bagels should ideally not be refrigerated as bagels will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature.
  • If you must refrigerate freshly baked bagels (eg, due to a lack of pantry storage space or hot, humid room conditions), the bagels will typically last for only about a day before getting stale.
  • Can you freeze freshly baked bagels? Yes, to freeze: (1) Slice bagels in half or leave whole; (2) Wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze.
  • How long do bagels last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - bagels that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if bagels are bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the bagels: discard any that have an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the bagels.

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