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Softening a Hard Bagel?

I left a bagel in it's original bag since I bought it the other day; now it is as hard as a rock. How can I get it back to eating it as good as when I bought it. I hate when I do this, hopefully someone can help me out here.

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December 21, 20161 found this helpful

Easy-peasy! Just brush the bagel with a little water all round and put in the microwave on full power for a few seconds. This tip will work with all kinds of bread.

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December 23, 20160 found this helpful

This can also be accomplish by putting 1/2 cup water in microwave with bagel; one on each side of big plate not in the middle.

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July 10, 20210 found this helpful

It didn't work, threw it in the trash.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Soften with a little water and microwave a FEW seconds - but you can also add your butter if that is the way you eat them.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Just put in a microwave with a cup of water for one minute.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

I agree with everyone here. Mist the bagel. Then microwave until warm and soft.

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December 21, 20160 found this helpful

Just a few seconds, like ten, in the microwave after misting. You can also steam them-wrap likely in waxed paper in put it in the steamer for 30-1 min. Or run under water until it gets a good soak and bake it in the oven for about five minutes on 350 degree. Stale bread can be done the same way.

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I find the microwave the steaming to be the most impressive in front of others :) But, I have heard many remark of the baking as the most authentic bread rebirth-like fresh baked. If it's just me, a wet paper towel wrapped around dried bagel and 10-15 secs tops.

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December 22, 20160 found this helpful

Sprinkle a little water on it, wrap up in a paper towel, and microwave it for a few seconds!

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December 22, 20160 found this helpful

wrap it in a damp pape rtowel and microwave for a few seconds.

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December 27, 20160 found this helpful

I find microwaving it is fine even without the water as long as it hasn't completely dried out. Try 10 seconds first then another 10 if it is still hard. Eat it immediately while it is still warm or it will go hard again.

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This explains why bread goes stale and why warming it will make it soft again cooking.stackexchange.com/.../why-does-bread-soften-after-heating...

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December 27, 20160 found this helpful

Same here, I lye a damp paper towel over and under a bagel when they get hard, and the moisture softens them in 20 seconds.

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December 28, 20160 found this helpful

Boil water on stove and put splatter screen or strainer on top of it and steam the bagel

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August 23, 20170 found this helpful

Wrap it in a paper towel and put it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until it's soft.

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