This is a great recipe for feeding a large crowd at an open house or family holiday gathering! Also good for camping. No oil or frying involved. Egg beaters may be substituted
Cut the Ham in cubes and chop vegetables. Place each side ingredient in a separate bowl with a serving spoon.
Scramble 2, 3, or 4 eggs in a bowl (small, medium and large serving) and pour into a quart freezer bag.
Let the guests pick their add-ins and place a spoonful of each of their choices. Zip the bag shut, forcing as much air out as possible. Drop bag(s) into a large pot of boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes or until egg is firm. Cut open the bag close to the omelet and spill onto a plate. Guests can add salt, pepper or hot sauce to taste.
|Time:||30 Minutes Preparation Time|
5 Minutes Cooking Time
By Marcia from Graytown, Ohio
Editor's Note: Ziplock does not recommend boiling their bags, but say that their freezer bags are microwave safe. There are no BPA concerns with Ziplock brand bags, this may not be true with off brands.
I hope many of you have picked up on the available information on plastics. We cleaned them out of our house years ago after my husband attended a Real Estate lecture and a Ph.d in biology lectured on the dangers of the plastics to the environment and the planet. Later a major station had several episodes of a documentary showing the effects of the plastics on the animal and human life. Boys most particularily are affected.
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I wouldn't feel right about using them in our microwave either. Glass is best, it doesn't absorb, you need an inert product . Laurie Ontario
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For an omelet bar, set out various dishes containing such things as: chopped onions, red and green peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, various grated cheeses, plus one egg for each person - whatever you would like in an omelet. In the meantime, have a large pot of water filled halfway, bring to a boil, then turn down to medium-low heat.
Each person takes a small size freezer bag and puts into the bag whatever they like in an omelet, plus one egg. Squeeze gently to break the yoke and mix egg with other ingredients. Press the bag gently to remove most of the air and make certain that the bag is closed tightly.
Gently place the bag into the simmering water for four - six minutes or until the egg has cooked to your liking.
Carefully remove from the water and when you place this on a plate, you have a perfectly shaped omelet made to your liking. Numerous omelet bags can be cooked at the same time with no cooking clean-up.
This is so easy to do that when our oldest grandson was only six, we taught him to make his own.
By Elayne from Dalhousie, Nova Scotia
I have also used this idea when camping!! It works great! Yum, yum!
I don't eat omelets, but what a great idea! Thumbs up from me!
Thumbs up for a great idea but please just make sure the bags you are using are manufacturer approved 'boilable bags' and not the regular freezer/storage bags (zip to close or otherwise) that leach chemical toxins into the food when heated to certain temperatures.
We did this with our kids too & taught our Cub Scouts. But now they say you shouldn't use ordinary bags because the chemicals leach into the food. Bags made for boiling are supposed to be safe, but I haven't seen them in the store & imagine they'd be a lot more expensive!
This is a fun, easy and fast way to make all those different omelets, for a family breakfast.
Put the various chopped ingredients you may want, into individual bowls. (ham, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, onions, etc.)
Give each person a ziplock freezer bag, with their name written on it in permanent marker, and 2 eggs cracked into it. Have everyone add their own ingredients into the bag they have. Zip up the bags. Now you have your individual omelets ready to cook. You can place all of the bags in a large pot of water, you have pre-boiled. Boil this for 15 - 20 minutes. You can take this time to make toast, or the rest of the meal. Each omelet will slide out of the bag, and onto the plate, of whoever created it and they all are ready at the same time! No more waiting for everyone's to be cooked, one at a time! (These can also be done in the microwave, in individual bowls.)
We do this on holidays, when we have a lot of family eating together.
We too have done this for many years. It makes a GREAT CAMPING breakfast. Just slice and dice meats, cheese and veges before leaving home. store in ziplock bags until ready to assemble. Also, very good idea for scouts. (10/03/2005)
By Degerta Sue
We also do this recipe, but our family adds what we think puts the "icing on the cake": After the omelettes are on your plates, cooked, add a tbsp of mild salsa and a tbsp of sour cream. So yummy and adds such a wonderful taste. (11/07/2005)
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)