Help me mail my bagels
March 14, 2012 2:11 PM   Subscribe

How can I ship bagels from NYC to Middle America with maximum tastiness?

I want to send some NYC bagels to a friend halfway across the country. I want them to still taste fresh. I want it not to cost too much money. How to accomplish this? Has anyone done it and do you have some tips and tricks for me? TYIA.
posted by dixiecupdrinking to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Step 1: Buy mini-bagels at Absolute on 108th Street

Step 2: Pack bagels in vacuum-sealable bag (flush with inert gas if you can)

Step 3: Fast shipping

The reality is that, no matter what you do, they're going to be "toaster bagels" by the time your friend gets them
posted by slkinsey at 2:19 PM on March 14, 2012 [3 favorites]

Never done this, but I've revived somewhat-stale bagels by running some water over them and baking them at 350 for about 10 minutes. Maybe your friend can do the same on the other side.
posted by gauche at 2:21 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Fedex early am overnight from Zabar's. Sure, it'll cost, but it's BAGELS.
posted by scratch at 2:26 PM on March 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

Buy bagels as early in the morning as you can, pack them in a brown paper bag inside a sealed zip-top, overnight them for AM delivery. I used to live in the Midwest and every once in a while received NYC bagels from friends and family this way; they were still excellent and fresh-tasting.
posted by shamash at 2:49 PM on March 14, 2012 [2 favorites]

I've received Montreal bagels in Alberta using shamash's technique and they were great.
posted by furtive at 4:02 PM on March 14, 2012

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