bagel toaster

Illustrations: David Wyffels

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You're Putting Bagels in Backward
Toasters with "bagel" functions are great, but only if you load that whole wheat everything into the machine the right way. That's because machines with this feature either just toast one side (the cut-side) of the bagel, English muffin or bun; or, they toast the cut-side nicely, and simply warm the other side. Most manufacturers suggest you place the bagel with the cut-side facing in for a crisp top without a burnt bottom (but check your machine's manual to make sure).