This "Bizarre" Bagel Hack From Ina Garten Just Resurfaced, And It's Sending People Into A Full Frenzy

    "And here I thought Ina was my ally, my friend, my MOTHER..."

    We are gathered here today to discuss the queen of "good olive oil and vanilla" and the icon of East Hampton: the one and only Ina Garten.

    Ina Garten at table smiling, extending a wine glass, with dinnerware and a pot in front

    While many of us are hooked on watching the Barefoot Contessa's Hamptons brunches and following her recipes, some shocking news has recently resurfaced: Ina's preferred method for cutting bagels.

    ina what the fuck!?

    — Jordan Freiman (@JordanFreiman) March 7, 2024
    Twitter: @JordanFreiman

    That's right, she cuts her bagels into THIRDS, Big Mac–style.

    Two sesame seed bagels on a wooden surface sliced into thirds

    The original tweet on X, formerly known as Twitter, has over 3 million views and has generated a lot of mixed reactions. Many, like myself, are devastated that this wild new info about their favorite Hamptons chef has come to light.

    And here I thought Ina was my ally, my friend, my MOTHER. Much rethinking to do.

    — Barney Schreiber, CPA (@luxurytrash_) March 8, 2024
    Twitter: @luxurytrash_

    People are pointing out that it completely messes with the bagel-eating experience.

    The beauty of bagels is their extra-doughy middles*. Disrupt that and you may as well be eating bread.

    *In this, bagels and I are soul sisters

    — Jamie Kenney (@LaComtesseJamie) March 7, 2024
    Twitter: @LaComtesseJamie

    Even those with questionable food preferences are weighing in.

    As someone who eats raw onions like a finger food - what the actual fuck

    — Peter Carellini (@PieschManworth) March 7, 2024
    Twitter: @PieschManworth

    But there are also quite a lot of folks on board with the triple-decker bagel.

    i think she's onto something bc now you have 4 times the amount of cream cheese with all the new bagel surface area

    — 🐛🎶SEA!!ᘛ⁐̤ᕐᐷ🌈✨ (@seaflavored) March 7, 2024
    Twitter: @seaflavored

    wait, let her cook

    — nikita richardson (@nikitarbk) March 8, 2024
    Twitter: @nikitarbk

    Some are labeling Ina a "visionary."

    Twitter: @cpsocialprmgmnt

    We may start seeing people eating bagels cut into thirds sooner than we think. *Sheds tear.*

    If Ina does it, it is law. Cutting my bagel in thirds effective immediately.

    — TJ (@teejfack) March 7, 2024
    Twitter: @cpsocialprmgmnt

    Well, to all who love the idea of "increased surface area" for cream cheese and other toppings, I found Ina's original bagel recipe from 2013. As we've already seen, she starts by slicing two bagels into thirds.

    Ina slicing a bagel on a cutting board

    "Instead of having a big, thick bagel, I'm cutting it into thirds," she says. Then, to my shock, she holds up two slices of said bagel and reveals that she'll be making three sandwiches out of the six slices she's cut, not two triple-deckers.

    Ina Garten smiles at the camera, holding a bagel

    After she assembles the bagel with some herby cream cheese and lox, this is the result.

    A close-up of a stacked bagel sandwiches on a countertop, with visible layers of lox and cream cheese

    Trust me — I'm no bagel expert (or one to ever question Ina). I'm just a North Jersey gal who grew up eating two a day. But if I were handed a bagel with a missing third, I would be devastated — especially if it were one of the two versions that used the middle as a slice. I cannot fathom biting into that.

    Ina prepares her bagel with lox and cream cheese

    I suppose it could be worse. Let's not forget about the scooped-bagel controversy of last year.

    I just learned about scooped bagels for the first time today. what are we doing to our beautiful queens

    — mars (@sqidey) October 27, 2023
    Twitter: @sqidey

    Or even the St. Louis–style bagels that riled everyone up.

    bring back St Louis Style Bagel discourse

    — Highway to The Cool Zone𓅅 (@skaboomizzy) March 7, 2024
    Twitter: @skaboomizzy

    Now I need to know: How do you feel about Ina's unorthodox bagel-cutting method? Sound off in the comments!