Posted on: Sun, 11/05/2000 - 3:20am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

Another disappointment today. We have been getting our bagels at a "New York Bagel" franchise in the Chicago area because they had only non-nutted varieties - as opposed to the more upscale bagel places which all make nutted varieties (same cooking and baking equipment, etc.).

My son's preschool teacher had called me a few days ago to warn me that she had been placing a bagel order for the school (which is nut-free) and the owner told her that he was adding an apple-walnut variety to his line. When my husband went to get our Sunday morning bagels, prepared to ask about when this new variety would be added, would it be made separately, etc., he walked in and saw a rack with several new varieties proudly displayed - including PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY! He was so disgusted that he walked out. I do plan to follow up with the owner to discuss the issues (he is losing a pretty big group of PA families and nut-free preschools in our area).

Anyway . . . does anybody know of any nut-free bagel places? How about the packaged bagels like Lenders or Manitowoc? I'll try to make some calls this week - just thought I'd first ask all of you if you have any good bagel news.



Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 7:37am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Put them in the freezer! Seriously, I'm sorry I can't help you with the ingredients, but until someone posts, you'll want them to stay fresh! Bagels freeze well, and you'll want to know they're safe before you dig in. LOTS of bagels have poppy seed and sesame seed contamination, even if they are nut free, so it depends on your allergy. I hope these "freebies" turn out to be safe so you can enjoy them!

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 3:08pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

As long as you aren't allergic to those seeds, you shouldn't have any problems. I think seeds are totally unrelated to peanuts and so you are about as likely as anyone else to be allergic to them. I am allergic to peanuts and hazelnuts, but not allergic to any seeds or other nuts as far as I know. The most likely cross-reactions with peanuts are other legumes like peas and beans.
Hope that helps!

Posted on: Thu, 11/30/2000 - 11:23pm
Michelle2's picture
Joined: 10/25/2000 - 09:00

Thank you, rebekahc and Cayley's Mom. I took both of your advice. First, put them in the freezer. Second, I allowed Nicholas one of the plain ones today. He seemed fine, but my husband is keeping a close eye on him this morning, as his reactions are usually 2-4 hours later. I wasn't sure about the seeds--seems like I would have been warned about them by our pediatrician, but I've learned so much from this board that was never told me that I don't totally trust that.
I have to say, they are GOOD bagels! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2000 - 4:23am
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

We have decided to avoid any bagels made in a bagel place which also has varieties with nuts - as most "upscale" bagel places like Brueggers do. We were told by a bagel store owner that not only is there a high chance of cross-contaimination from bagels put in bins which may have previously contained nutted varieties, handlers going from one bin to the next, etc., but also the way many bagels are made is by boiling them - usually in the same pot. So . . . please find out about other nutted varieties in your bagel store. One local place just added "peanut butter and jelly" and "apple walnut" bagels to their selection. Look up my other post on this issue - last month. By the way, Lenders bagels are nut free - even though they are not the freshly made kind. We LOVE bagels -so this is a sacrifice for safety.
Good luck!

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2000 - 1:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Michelle2, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one concerned about different seeds. I know I have banned sunflower seeds (except for bird feeder use) altogether due to cross-contamination issues. And, I'm not clear why the seed issue is there - sesame seeds, poppy seeds, etc. I posted this same thing in a different thread tonight. It's just that I, and obviously you too, somehow equate seeds with nuts. Now, I know with sunflower seeds if you're buying them from a grocery store, I believe they have a high risk of contamination, but these are larger seeds than sesame and poppy seeds so maybe that's why. But, no, I would have raised the same question despite my son not having tested positive to these things and him eating them (although infrequently due to my concern) without reaction. Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2000 - 12:00am
Linda-Jo's picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

I'm not sure if y'all know it but Lender's makes a 'fresh' bagel, too. They are bigger than the frozen ones and look like they came from a bagel shop. They are good and they are found in the bread aisle.

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 12:30am
Michelle2's picture
Joined: 10/25/2000 - 09:00

Thanks, all. I'm curious--what would cause sunflower seeds to be cross contaminated?
Also, I love the Lender's "fresh" bagels--this is what we usually get.
By the way, these bagels were the most expensive "free" thing ever. I was cutting one yesterday and missed the bagel, sliced my finger to the tune of 5 stitches and a $50 emergency room bill! UGH!

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 1:42pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Oh no! So sorry about your finger! The reason sunflower seeds are cross-contamination risks is that they are often treated as nuts and are usually processed in nut plants - like Planters. Also, the roasted ones are usually roasted in peanut oil. I've never had problems from sunflower seeds in baked goods, though.

Posted on: Mon, 12/04/2000 - 11:27pm
Michelle2's picture
Joined: 10/25/2000 - 09:00

Thanks, Rebekah. Finger is doing okay, but I'm a pianist and have to do a concerto performance on it. OW!
Now I understand about the contamination issue. Rebekah, it is so valuable hearing from someone who's been there personally!

Posted on: Sun, 11/05/2000 - 8:54am
Lisa M's picture
Joined: 03/07/1999 - 09:00

My son has eaten Lenders for several years. I have not gone further than reading their labels, but I have never had a problem with them. He especially likes the plain and cinnamon raisin.


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