Ran across this recipe a few years ago and I am still using it.
Eggs, zip lock bag, pot of boiling water, and anything you want to put in an omelet, such as cheese, ham, sausage, onion, bell peppers, etc. Use two eggs per person (3 if they are really hungry).
Scramble eggs in a small bowl, or, in a blender with a touch of water (not milk) and blend until frothy.
Pour into a zip lock bag, add any other ingredients you like. Push out most of the air from the bag (very important) and zip it closed.
Holding the top of the bag, drop it into water that is boiling . Check the clock and let them cook for exactly 13 minutes; no more, no less.
In the meantime, gather the toast, biscuits, jelly or jam, hash browns, sliced tomatoes, etc. to go with the omelet. At the end of 13 minutes, take the bag from the water (I usually pat the bag dry with a towel), handle carefully since it will be very hot. Unzip the bag and turn it upside down above the plate and shake gently until the egg falls onto the plate. Hooray! A perfect omelet and no one will guess that you made it in a "zip"! Happy eating!
By FirstLady from Knoxville, TN
Great recipe it is and works great for camping. Less clean up and everyone can make their own. Less work gotta love it. ;-)
Ironically enough, there was just an article about this in our newspaper last week. Someone had written in to the food column requesting this recipe and the food editor replied by saying that he had contacted the makers of ziplock bags regarding this "recipe". They strongly advise against making an omelette this way as their bags were never intended to be used in this manner. They are not to be dropped into boiling water. (09/11/2006)
The Zip lock bags may have not been intended for use that that way, but if you use freezer bags it really doesn't seem to both them. The regular ones do melt if not paying attention to them laying on the pot.
I have always used zip lock bags for this recipe, freezer or regular ones. They work great and I have never had one that melted from touching the edge of the pot. This is just a recipe for those who would like to use it; I would never knowingly advise anyone to use something that would harm them or their home. Remember, I have been using this recipe for many years without any problems. That doesn't mean that a person couldn't have one; it just means I have found this to be a convenient, safe way to make a dish. I do not advise anyone to try this is they have any doubts at all about it's safety.
A friend of mine sent a recipe like this, except it was for a microwave. I never tried it and can't find it now but it was done the same way other than the cooking method. I'm thinking though that if the bag manufacturer doesn't endorse this use in boiling water, it would cringe at the thought of using them in a microwave. I could be wrong about this; haven't contacted them about it. (09/12/2006)
Here's some "Food For Thought" Recent publications strongly state that heating different types of plastics or heating and freezing them as in dishwashers, microwaves, freezers for storing foods or freezing water bottles is causing an unseen breakdown of the plastic and the leaching of 'toxic' substances similar to estrogens, which harmful to humans. Too much of anything, not good. They're stating that the increase in certain health problems quite possibly is attributed to our widespread use of plastics to freeze and reheat foods, as well as the heated cleaning of containers in our dishwashers. It has long been recommended that no plastics are used in the microwave unless that was their intended use, this no longer applies, any plastics are seen as unsafe now. Same goes for polycarbonate/ other water bottles purchased as such. They all seem to leach out these toxins which build up in time or change the way our bodies function. Just "Food For Thought". "To Each His or Her Own". Means this is just something to read and think about, you can do as you wish. (09/12/2006)
OK, I must admit, the Ziploc Omelette does sound very COOL, Although I would not personally do it. We still store foods in plastic bags and containers, sometimes in the freezer, and use sports bottles for water. Wash them in the dishwasher. No longer do we cook or reheat foods in the microwave in plastic, we use Corelle or glass. Every little bit hopefully helps. It would be very difficult to eliminate all re-usable plastics for food in this day and age. Although I do notice more store ads for glass storage containers and non-teflon cookware. (another source of discussion recently.) (09/12/2006)
I did have one melt by trying to use it on an open flame not a house stove.
I tried this morning and was the BEST I have had, I am SERIOUS. No mess, thanks for the tip. I appreciate it very very much. Passed it on to my daughter and my sister as well. Again thanks for the recipe, appreciate it so much. (09/14/2006)
I've heard this is a great camping recipe. Be sure to take a black permanent marker so everyone can write their names on the baggie, so someone doesn't get one with ingredients they don't like.
Recently my hubby's widowed cousin wrote that he'd acquired this recipe and had tried it and it was one of the best recipes he's gotten since his wife passed on. At least we know he's eating right. (09/15/2006)
Also, a pal of ours in Colorado, wrote a couple of weeks ago, they'd tried this recipe and absolutely loved it. He said he and his wife made up a batch of the omelets and froze most of them, to have for a quickie breakfast during the work weeks. These would be much cheaper than the frozen omeletes at the market and most likely a lot better for you. (09/15/2006)
WARNING! As of August 2006, the ZIPLOC company does NOT recommend using their bags to boil food. ZIPLOC brand Bags are made from polyethylene plastic with a softening point of approximately 195 degrees Fahrenheit. When exposed to boiling water, the plastic could begin to melt. (02/23/2009)
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