Take This Job and Love It: Bagel Central

Updated 3 years ago

In this edition of Take This Job and Love It Chelsey Anderson is rolling in the dough, and you might have her to thank for your morning bagel. Chelsey- “Bakers Scott Babcock and Josh Ivey were already busy at work when I walked into the Bagel Central kitchen. I put on my apron and joined in.”——–Josh Ivey, Baker- “We’re ready to take this one out of the mixer.”This is the majority of the bagel dough. It’ll make over 90 dozen bagels. To get to the dough we have to cut it out of the mixer and bag it up to rise. Josh shows me how it’s done, but when it was my turn I couldn’t even get the bag open.Chelsey- “Oh great. We’re off to a bad start.”Josh Ivey, Baker- “The bag’s finally open. There’s your knife. Put your left hand here and just start to pull it away as you cut it.”Chelsey- “Oh my gosh! You were so fast at this. This is hard!”Chelsey- “Oh! It’s binding. How do you stop it?” Josh- “Uh. You keep pulling it away with your left hand.”Chelsey- “Er. Ugh.” Josh- “You’re not a quitter are you?” Chelsey- “No! No, I’m not. I might get fired but I’m not a quitter.” (laughter)I finally finished cutting, but I’d bit off more than I could chew. Chelsey- “Rrr. Rrrr. Okay, I think I need some help here.” Josh- “Alright.”Once the bag was full, I had to carry it over to the table to rest. All 75 pounds of it.Chelsey- “Uh oh.” Josh- “Just put your arms underneath it and try not to drop it.” Scott- “It’s like a baby.” Chelsey- “A 75 pound baby. Okay here we go. Uh oh.” Josh- “We’re losing that one.”Josh came to my rescue this time but I had to cut and carry the next bag.Chelsey- “I’m feeling a little samurai now.”I finished filling the bag and now had to carry it.Chelsey- “I’m going to make a run for it. Ugh.” Josh- “There you go. Perfect.”Luckily I didn’t have to carry my bag all the way to the dining room.While the 5 bags of dough were left to rise I helped make buckwheat dough, marble rye dough, cinnamon raisin dough…Chelsey- “And it smells delicious!”Whole Wheat dough, water dough and focaccia dough.Now that all that was done it was time to form the bagels.Chelsey- “My bagel can fit in your bagel.”Josh Ivey, Baker- “You can take that one home.” (laughter) Chelsey- “Thanks guys.”Just when I thought my bagel career was over, things started looking up.My first good bagel.Now that the tray was full it was time to boil the bagels. This is done to kill the yeast and make them soft and chewy inside.Scott Babcock, Baker- “You have to get them out quickly. If they boil too long they’ll turn into a dumplin’.”Chelsey- “Okay. Err. Oh no! Three down!”Chelsey- “I’ve got almost half a dozen here in the garbage.” Josh Ivey, Baker- “Did you get them all?” Chelsey- “I think so.”Chelsey- “Oh no! I’ve got a dumpling. Aw.”Now I shaped and seasoned the bagels.Chelsey- “Oh no! You must smell like onions for days!” Scott- “You want to be all smelling like an onion.” Chelsey- “My husband will be so happy!” Scott- “You want to try it.” Chelsey- “Sure.”We filled the baking racks and started the oven.Scott Babcock, Baker- “See these.” Chelsey- “Yes.” Scott- “Line these right up with that right there.” Chelsey- “Oh my goodness. Good thing I’ve got my heels on, because you need those when you’re doing bagels and bread.”After all my work was done it was time to find out if through all the mixing, measuring, cutting, and rolling I’d be hired.Well, Josh fired me based on “more experience necessary.”Scott Babcock, Baker- “I’m overruling it and I say she’s hired.” Chelsey- “Even though I need to work on everything?” Scott- “Yes. Even so. She did a good job.” Josh- “The first day’s the hardest day.”Scott Babcock, Baker- “Okay, I’m going home now.” (laughter)———-Chelsey- “I’d like to thank Scott and Josh for all of their help, and I’d like to apologize to anyone who got bread or bagels they were unhappy with on the last Monday of October. Those would be my fault.”If you have an idea for the next Take This Job and Love It email me: canderson@wabi.tv


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