We like to make "bagged omelettes" when either cooking or with a large group. In a ziplock bag, we crack 2-3 eggs and add all the fixin's: cheese, onions, bacon or sausage bits, tomatoes, peppers, etc. Zip the top of the bag shut with most of the air squeezed out first. then "mush" the bag together with your fingers to mix all ingredients well. Then pop the sealed bag in a pot of boiling water. Within about 10-15 minutes (depending on altitude, we've found), you have the lightest, fluffiest omelette and NO clean up! The kids LOVE to help make this breakfast, and anything the kids help make, they are MUCH more likely to eat! :)
By imama2many from UT
This sounds good. Is there a safe plastic bag to use for boiling food?
I use the Glad steamer bags all the time and they are A+++ in my book. I never dirty a pot to steam anything anymore. They are a great invention. Most things steam in approx. 2 1/2 to 3 min. in the microwave depending on the hardness of vegetable. You can use them to steam fish, etc. also.
ONLY use bags that are made especially for this. 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.
Ditto on using the ziploc bags. Also consider what is being leached into your food when cooking with plastic bags. Most bags are made specifically for storage not cooking either in boiling water or microwaves and there are alot of chemicals that breakdown when heat is applied. Consider what you taste if a plastic water bottle gets heated up by sitting in a hot car, same stuff gets into your food. Think about it.
Personally I've never heard of bagged omlettes, but I think it's a great idea. I love trying new ideas & certainly a lot less washing up. I'm going to try it when I can find suitable bags. Would microwave proof containers do the same things? Do tell!
The idea is just great, until you get to the point of submerging the plastic bag into boiling water, which immediately releases these plastic substances into your omelette. There have to be more warnings about the dangers
of plastic materials when heated with food and the known cancer effects.
Yet why don't you just pour the egg-mix from the bag into a pan. Assembling the Omlette in the plastic bag and storing it overnight in the fridge would shorten prep-time in the morning, and make for a quick, good breakfast.
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