The Science Of Why New York Bagels Are Just Better

The Science Of Why New York Bagels Are Just Better


One of the long debates we’ve been having at college is whether New York City or New Jersey has the best bagels. It’s time to settle the disparities.

So I googled “Why are New Jersey Bagels better?” The results were as follows:

The Science of Why New York’s Bagels Taste So Damn Good

Chew on This: The Science of Great NYC Bagels

H&H Bagels closes: What makes New York City bagels so superior?

Not one link about New Jersey.

Now here’s the science. The water in NYC is harder than in other cities; it has lower concentrations of calcium carbonate and magnesium. Some people believe that the hard water toughens the gluten in the dough and makes it taste better. But there is also an art to making great bagels, and NYC has got the process down.

First of all, you boil, not bake. The first step in making bagels is to let the dough sit in a refrigerator for a couple of days. This slows down the activity of the yeast while it rises, and the slower fermentation creates more flavor. Then, you boil in a water/salt/barley solution anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. This locks the liquid inside the bagel and expands the interior. It also thickens the crust and is where that shiny exterior comes from in a quality NYC bagel.

So although it may not really be the NYC water that makes the bagels so great, the process is unique and for some reason, they just taste better. The non-believers, also known as New Jersey, would argue that they have the best bagels. We’re sorry, NJ, but even Connecticut agrees that NYC just can’t be beaten. We refuse to take part in your weird competitive two-sides-of-the-Hudson rivalry, but people naturally flock to NYC for some good food. There are some great Delis in Connecticut, and some great pubs in NJ, but when you go to NYC, you can have it all.

My point is, there’s no competition. Sorry.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.

There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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10 Reasons To Start Vaping In 2019 If You Haven't Yet

"It's safer than cigarettes"


Vaping is the rage these days among adolescents and college students. Here are some great reasons to start!

1. It's what all the cool kids do


I wish that I could be like the cool kids

2. It damages your lungs

It's not like you need these to breathe or anything

3. It pollutes the air

Let's pollute the air even more!

4. Nicotine addiction

Just the thing I want to be addicted to

5. "Delicious" flavors

Would you prefer mango flavor or the cancer flavor?

6. The Juul looks like a USB

Your parents won't suspect a thing

7. Inhale metals like nickel and lead

Yummmmmm. Lead poisoning isn't a thing.

8. More likely to get infections


9. You'll eventually want cigarettes

And you'll make your lungs worse

10. Lung and mouth cancer

Who doesn't want cancer

In case you couldn't tell, this was very sarcastic. If you want all of these things, then go ahead, start vaping. But you should know what you're getting yourself into and be prepared for the consequences.

If you already vape, I mean no disrespect and I'm not trying to hate on you, but you should seriously stop. Whatever you think is a good reason for vaping really is not a good enough reason to damage your body.

Stop vaping. And if you don't vape, don't start. Just don't.

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