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When should you actually toast a bagel? We asked chefs to weigh in

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    Toasting a bagel can impact its overall quality and
    flavor.
  
  
    
      
    Insider spoke to chefs and bakers who said a fresh bagel
    should never be toasted because doing so can mess with its
    flavor and texture.
  
  
    If you're planning to eat a bagel that's not fresh,
    toasting can improve its taste and provide you with both a
    crunchy crust and a soft interior.
  
  
    Deciding whether or not to toast a 
    bagel comes down to personal preference, but if you plan on
    loading your bagel with toppings to make a pizza or sandwich,
    you'll want to toast it so it doesn't get soggy. 
  
  
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  Many people enjoy doughy, delicious bagels - but not everyone
  agrees on how they should be eaten.

  
  New Yorkers and breakfast lovers alike have long-debated
  whether or not bagels should be toasted or served as they are.

  And although it comes down to personal preference, deciding
  whether or not to toast a bagel can make a major impact on the
  flavor and texture of your breakfast. 

  Here's how to decide if you should toast a bagel or not,
  according to chefs and bakers.

Many people enjoy doughy, delicious bagels - but not everyone agrees on how they should be eaten.

New Yorkers and breakfast lovers alike have long-debated whether or not bagels should be toasted or served as they are.

And although it comes down to personal preference, deciding whether or not to toast a bagel can make a major impact on the flavor and texture of your breakfast.

Here's how to decide if you should toast a bagel or not, according to chefs and bakers.

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