Friday, December 30, 2005

How could I forget my Bagel Biter?

Among my first posts was a list of my favorite gadgets. Yesterday I was shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond and saw a man standing in line with a Bagel Biter. When I came home to blog, I realized I had never put that on my list! It's not really a cooking tool, per se, which is probably why I forgot it, but it is a handy kitchen gadget.

Good bagels are not plentiful in Indiana, but Panera has very respectable bagels, so I stock up every time I am in Fort Wayne. Not quite a New York bagel (I'm a native New Yorker), but they are far superior to the impostors at the grocery store (my theory is that everything at the grocery store is just squishy white bread in different shapes). There is a Big Apple Bagel not too far away, but I never have cause to go to that neck of the woods, so Panera it is. And I think that Big Apple Bagel uses cornmeal on the bottom of the bagels. Heresy. No cornmeal on bagels or pizza crust. But that's another story...

I used to have Panera slice the bagels with their large chute/slicer contraption (very convenient!), but then I got frustrated with the number of bagels that would have one very thin half and one very thick half. So, I searched high and low for the bagel guillotine, as I've seen them called. Sure, you can use a serrated knife, but after almost slicing a piece of my finger off while trying to slice a bagel a few years back, I prefer this safer contraption. The only bad part is that Panera's bagels are so large, it can be a bit difficult to even get them IN the slicer.

Anyway, that's a very long-winded way of saying that I love my Bagel Biter.


  1. Anonymous10:45 PM

    I don't have one of those guillotine things but I have a thing that looks similar - it has notches on each side. You put your bagel in, you put your knife in the notches and it goes down and cuts the bagel. It takes more work than the guillotine but it is worth it. No thin sides.

    I am also a New Yorker, living somewhere else (NJ). I agree that the bagels at the supermarket are just white bread in a different shape. I love Panera bagels too - especially the French Toast Bagel and the Asiago Cheese Bagel.

    When I'm in NYC, I bring home bagels. When I have friends come from NYC, I have them bring me bagels. Similar, when I'm in Brooklyn, I bring home Mrs Stahls knishes to freeze. Worth the trip.

    Good blog you've got here. My first time here, but not my last.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Hi. Well, Jersey isn't too far - you still have a chance at finding good bagels and good pizza. :) People around here like Domino's and Pizza Hut! We happen to have a decent deli in town, but mostly Subway is what passes as a deli. Sigh.....

    Thanks for stopping by.