Cutting a bagel is dangerous business. According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2008 there were 1,979 bagel-related emergency room visits. This makes bagels the fifth most dangerous food (behind chicken, potatoes, apples, and onions). If you’re partial to your fingers, I suggest a bagel-cutting aid.
I’ve used a guillotine-style bagel cutter for a long time, but sometimes it doesn’t give the cleanest cut. A serrated knife does a better job, but the risk of accidents is high, especially when your bagel is the right kind (that is, shiny-slippery-firm, not squishy-soft-pudgy). The good people at BigKitchen sent me this Ironwood Acacia Bagel Miter, and I was anxious to see if it would cut it.
The device has a cradle for stabilizing the bagel while cutting, and the slot allows your knife to pass all the way through the bagel without counter interference. The cradle is 1 3/4″ inches wide, though, so it takes a big bagel to fill it enough so that the bagel doesn’t slide wildly around in the cutting process. I usually make my bagels 85 – 100 grams (prebaking weight), but found that a 150-gram one (in the photo above) was barely large enough for a snug fit. And even so, I had to hold the bagel with my my hand to get the cut started. Once it was started, though, and I could cut with a back-and-forth motion, I got a cleaner, less “shreddy” cut than I usually do with the guillotine.
If you like your bagels big, the bagel miter might make your kitchen a little safer. BigKitchen would like to send one to a lucky, randomly chosen one of you. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win!
— Update: This giveaway is now over! —
The fine print:
- Winner will be drawn randomly by me at approximately 5 P.M. PST on Saturday, December 10.
- One comment per person, please.
- Full disclosure: They gave me a bagel miter, and no monetary compensation.
And if you need a bagel recipe, try one of these:
Emily Williams says
I don’t think there’s a better way to start a day than with a bagel. I especially like cinnamon raisin bagels toasted and spread with peanut butter.
A great object!
David Thalenberg says
I suppose it could be used for rolls, too. I haven’t made bagels for a while, but some rolls can be a bit tricky to slice freehand.
Sarah Joy says
I want one!
This sounds like a great way to avoid sloppy bagels cuts!
We frequently make large batches of bagels for pop-up brunches. Whereas guillotines completely ruin the internal crumb structure, this miter looks great!
Lots of bagels, lots of cuts, no more with this miter!
I’d love to be able to give this to my dad – he starts every day with a bagel=)
amy marantino says
i would love this
I love to make bagels and this would be wonderful to own!
Bake’m; eat’m; love’m.
This looks wonderful. I love starting the day with a bagel and with a possible new start coming up it would be nice to have a bagel slicer to help me get my breakfasts going.
Andrea M says
Great giveaway! sign me up :D…bagels for christmas morning!
I used to specialize in leaving a bloody trail in the kitchen until I learned about sharp knives! However, bagels still get me and I would love a special bagel cutter. I’ll give it to my husband so he doesn’t have to see red in the kitchen!
Thank you for the opportunity.
A great thing to keep the kitchen and self save.
I love the idea! It will make perfect mornings together with sourdough bagels (your recipe)! =)
Hope, you make deliveries to Sweden 😉
Elle Hyson says
Interesting concept to say the least – would love to have this in my kitchen.
Terri @ Terri's Table says
Bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, onion and capers. Yum! And this little guy would make it so much easier ?
My kids eat bagels every morning and this would definitely make it safer.
This sounds like a nice addition to any nervous cutter’s kitchen!
A great way to make it a safe holiday.
JD Miller says
Now I gotta have a bagel.
Coming from Montreal (which is often competing with the New York Bagel) I have been around a lot of bagels! My mom would always be screaming”Watch your fingers!” when we were slicing them.
I think I need one of these…
Ann Moore says
Now that looks like a fine invention – aesthetically pleasing, too! I’ll have to fire up some sourdough for bagels.
Awesome giveaway – nothing beats a humongous fresh bagel! 🙂
Brooke Redmond says
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been working on perfecting homemade bagels, but definitely haven’t mastered cutting them 😉 Great giveaway.
I have been making homemade bagels for my husband since we got married 8 years ago. I simply could not stand buying a dozen of them, knowing they were full of “less than wholesome” ingredients. This kitchen gadget would be a wonderful, since both he and I have managed to cut ourselves preparing our bagels for the toaster!
Just what I need for my bagels. I make them all the time and that would, indeed come in handy.
Sarah Vander Meulen says
Anything that will make the kitchen at my school safer sound like a great gift to me.
Oh I love bagels! It would be great to win a bagel miter!
What a gorgeous piece of wood… I’d leave it out on the counter all the time, just to be able to look at it!
one of those tools you could not live without! 🙂
Cindy B. says
I love BIG Bagels !
This is neat!
judd weekendloafer says
i love to make bagels…this is a very handy thing to have…
I would love to have this……haven’t been to the ER yet but I should have purchased Bandaid stock before getting hooked on bagels!!!!!
I love bagels I just made your bagel recipe over the past few days and baked them this morning topped with onions and poppy seed what a treat like them so much had one for lunch as well. Thanks for the recipe share.
love bagels and made your recipe over the past few days they turned out great this morning. Thanks for the recipe. Lury
Isn’t it strange? Even though we try to kill bagels by cooking and baking them, we are not able to make them harmless. 🙂
Paula G says
Looks like it would be a great addition to my bagel loving family!
Breakfast of champs!
OH! I totally need this bagel miter. I’ve been a bagel making demon lately and this sure would come in handy.
A belated welcome back. Will give the sourdough bagel recipe a go. Thanks for the giveaway. Best, Sandie
My son loves bagels but has such a difficult time cutting them. This bagel miter will make a perfect Christmas gift.
I would love to win…thanks for the giveaway!
Just love bagels can’t wait to try one of your recipes!
We use bagels everyday…our little grandson can not eat most breads because they have egg in them, but bagels are safe and there are so many flavors to choose from…and bonus…if we don’t have time to make them there are great shops that carry his favorites!
This would be a nice gift for his Mom and Dad to have in their kitchen.
Pat H says
I love to bake big bagels .. the bigger the better .. so I can load lots of cream cheese on them. This gadget would come in real handy for us.
Louise Yale says
Beautiful wood !!
Louise Yale says
Beautiful wood !!!
Oh gosh. As if I needed another excuse to eat bagels. Yes, please, enter me.
I like that it has a handle, it looks like a much safer option than aiming the knife at my palm as I cut my bagel. My fingers and hands would be grateful for a bagel miter!
I’m in love with the latest bagel innovation, Flagels 😉 The best part of the bagels…even harder to cut
Super idea! Blueberry bagels are the best!
This is great – functional and attractive!
Can sombody from Israel join this givaway?
(Hint: I’m from Israel)
Great giveaway, Susan! I’m known for my skills of cutting my fingers every now and then, so please, save me! Give me this miter and my boyfriend will be the first to thank you 🙂
Another reason to make bagels again… and great looking too!
A great item for my kids as they always want to slice their own bagels.
Excellent, 1979 – 1 bagel injuries!
Audrey S says
Sounds like a good thing to have around. 🙂
….running to my kitchen…that post reminds me that I should bake some bagels…
I like bagels and fingers come in pretty handy. (Moving the bagels from the counter to my mouth.) Would be nice to have a bagel miter and intact fingers.
glenna egan says
sounds like something I should have in my kitchen!
Was it Woody Allen who said that anyone who cuts a bagel on edge has a death wish? Put me in the contest, please!
We make our own bagels, so this would be perfect for us.
Nathan Schumer says
Query: if bagels are the fifth most dangerous food, does this include food poisoning?
Greg H. says
Was baking the Sourdough Bagels a lot for awhile, biut now I am reminded to make some more. Would be great to have an aid to Bagel slicing which is always a dicey operation!
GENEVA M BROWN says
I love bagels. My favorite way to eat them is to toast them in the oven until they are golden brown. My favorite topping is cream cheese with chopped olives and walnut pieces. Would love to have this Ironwood Acacia Bagel Miter.
Why not have one of those? And who doesn’t like a nice big bagel!
I can’t think of a good answer!
I love a good bagel & would love a bagel cutter… it would be the impetus to making my own bagels i suppose!
Dr Codfish says
Morning fresh bagel!
How to safely open you
Wild yeast rescues me
SA Dunwoody says
This would be a wonderful addition to my collection of kitchen ‘tools.’
Big Bagels? , who doesn’t love a big bagel?! I especially love them to make bagel sandwiches, so a Miter would definitely come in handy 🙂