Tip for Making Bagels Sized Just Right

Over the years, bagels have been supersized along with so many other foods in the marketplace. They can top 400 calories a pop: That’s the equivalent to four slices of sandwich bread, which doesn’t leave much room for wholesome goodies on the inside. Not to mention the fact that a big bagel is tricky for little mouths to get around. Going open faced is one solution, and cutting it down the middle is another. The “bagel thins” sold at supermarkets is an option, too, except that they don’t really taste like bagels.

Here’s a trick for having your bagel and eating it too: Cut it into thirds instead of in half. Use the top and bottom for your bagel and cream cheese or turkey sandwich, and reserve the middle for breakfast toast (it’s the perfect size to slide under a fried egg). One bagel, two meals…that makes good economic sense, too.


08.22.2011 at8:06 AM #


What a great idea, I have tried those bagel tops just not the same. Of course you have a use for the middle part nothing goes to waste perfect!

08.22.2011 at8:06 AM #


I agree….the “pre-made” bagel thins don’t really taste like bagels.

08.22.2011 at8:26 AM #


I love this idea since we often have “egg in a hole” for breakfast and now the hole is already there.

08.22.2011 at7:44 PM #


Love this idea, love it! I’m always looking for these sorts of tips to help my clients eat what they want, just not too much 🙂

09.06.2011 at12:08 AM #


This is a great idea. How do you get the cuts so perfect, though? Do you have a special tool or bagel cutter? It can be hard to keep the cuts perfectly parallel.
What’s the best way? Thanks, Katie.

09.06.2011 at12:08 AM #


I set the bagel on its side and use a serrated edge knife and work slowly. it’s not always perfect…but good enough. One trick is to take a little sliver off the side so you have a flat surface. Then, set the bagel on that flat surface and it makes it more stable as you cut.

05.28.2021 at5:46 AM #


Trying to find a slicer that cuts in thirds. Brueggers Bagels uses one.

01.20.2022 at2:43 PM #


How do you cut the bagel into thirds?

01.20.2022 at2:43 PM #


If you take a look at the photo at the top you’ll see how it’s cut horizontally in thirds. Hope that helps.

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