Originally Posted by GarlicGoddess
Hi gang! Ever wonder what to do with your old bagels, when they're too hard to eat? I have a suggestion that my family loves. I make them into French toast, cut them into bite-sized pieces and drizzle syrup over them. Try it!
If not *too* hard, bagels can be "remoistened" with steam. This works with any firm bread that does not have a hard crust (since the steam will also soften the crust).
Cut bagels in half. Steam cut side down, on a rack in a steamer a few minutes. If your steamer lid has a vent that allows steam to escape, open it. Remove to rack and let cool slightly. Proceed to eat...
Stale bread is just bread that has lost moisture. Many "stale" breads can be reasonably restored this way.