I have to stop in the middle of making bagels. What should I do?
Dough can be refrigerated at any time after the first rise, and removed from the refrigerator to continue the process. Dough can be frozen at any stage after the first rise, and then thawed and the process resumed. When storing dough in the freezer or refrigerator, shape it into a flat disk, seal it in a locking plastic freezer bag or wrap it in airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, to keep it from drying out. Label and date the package. It can remain for aobut 1 week in the refrigerator and for several weeks in the freezer.
The flour sometimes attracts pests.
Place a couple of bay leaves in flour containers to ward off any bugs. Small bags can be placed in the freezer overnight, or longer, to kill any lurking larve. Frezing or refrigerating flour will keep it fresh longer; alllow it to warm to room temperature before using.
I can hear the bread machine working, but nothing is moving.
If nothing is happening, you probably forgot to insert the dough mixing blade into the pan. Always replace it correctly in the pan as soon as you've washed the pan.
Dough is wet and sticky, and fails to form a ball in the machine.
There is probably too much liquid. Add flour, a tablespoon or less at a time until a ball forms.
The dough in the mnachine looks dry, and is in small clumps.
There is not enough liquid. Add liquid, a tablespoon or less at a time, until a ball forms.
The Best Bagels Are Made At Home by Dona Z. Meilach Isbn 1-55867-131-5