Written by adam on May 18, 2006
And now, it's time for an entry into .. TALES OF THE WEIRD! Did you know you can make an omelette in ziploc bag? It's true, my friends. No omlette pan, no flipping, no breaking. Just pure and simple egg goodness. There's not even a need to get out a bowl to beat the eggs in. Of course, if you're like me, you enjoy breaking out the omelette pan and trying to master the flip.
Set a large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the bag, and shake to combine them. Put in your ingredients and shake gently to combine.
Before placing the bage in the boiling water, make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up. Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot.
Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared to be amazed.
Responses to "Ziploc Omelette" ...
great! but what a waste of plastic...
yes, I agree. but imagine if you were camping ....
Oh great, now I have to learn how to boil water!
alas, that is another blog altogether.
Very interesting! Whatelse can we apply this to?? Pancakes? Tuna Cassarole? Let's get to testing!
I tried this and my bag melted. ....
Can you give me details on your experience? This could be an interesting follow-up. I tried to email you, but it was not a valid email address.
What kind/brand of bag did you use? Did it melt when it touched the pot or just the water? How long after you put it in did it melt?
Thanks for your comments, I'd be interested in hearing more from you. Send me an email if you'd prefer
Hey Adam, do you think this would work in a microwave? I've had friends cook scrambled eggs in the microwave...and surprisingly, they turned out pretty good. But I wonder if the added stuff in the omelette would cause it not to work.
You can't microwave plastic for too long and expect it too hold up. I say the microwave is a no-go for this recipe.
www.ziploc.ca Ziploc's official web site says:
Can I boil in Ziploc® Brand bags?
Has anyone contacted Ziploc Company to find out what happens to the plastic and possible chemical entering the omelette when cooking with Ziploc Brand bags or any other bags?
Any reason not to be able to use a bag designed to boil in - such as Food Saver?
These are a wonderful idea. My family loves making their own Ziplock Omelettes and there is no mess to clean at the end of breakfast. :) I can't wait to make these camping next summer.
These are great, but you have to use freezer bags
I wouldn't cook in plastic -- imagine the chemicals that would leech into your food!
this sounds great! liked a poached egg omlette. gets rid of the calories from the greasy pan!
I DID THIS AT A RED HAT BRUNCH AND IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS...I WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN NOW...HUGS, ETHEL
Cool idea, but if you ask me, 13 minutes is too long to wait for an omelette!
I too am concerned about the chemical reaction between eggs placed in a plastic bag then boiled in water.
This is the perfect meal for camping. We have made these a couple times while camping. It works GREAT and nothing melted. Of course, you have to make sure you don't have too many bags in the pot or one is sure to touch the edge and perhaps melt.
I'd like to know what sort of chemical reaction people think there would be. There isn't one...it is an urban legend (like the cooking in plastic in the microwave) http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cookplastic.asp
I've had these before and they are very tasty.
That Snopes website article doesn't disprove much of what it claims to. Just reading the part about that the plastic wrapping can leech chemicals into the food only if it's in direct with the food... without even doing an experiment and just remembering some microwave experiences... let's see... knowing that when food is covered by something generally water impermeable, that hot moisture collects on the sub-surface and drips back into the food (so that hot water would transit the leeched chemcials)... Actually having plastic melt somewhat and get deformed - seems like an obvious signal that something in the plastic might be released from it.. plus having tasted the food in some of these situations and it tasting plasticy. I doubt the only thing that leeched into the food was plastic flavor.
I have made these at home and I used the walmart brand freezer bags. When removing one bag from the pan the top of the bag touched the out side of the pot and melted some. The eggs tasted fine. I really don't worry that much about plastic melting in the microwave. I remember when we got our first microwave at home and we melted everything that we put in there. When a bowl melt we toss it and whatever is in it. I did try this in the microwave....it was a mess. The second time I put the bag in a bowl of water and put that in the microwave. Worked really good.
Sounds like a great idea! Would this work well with an egg white and (just) cheese omelet?
Very interesting. I'll have to try this out and let you know how it went!
I made the eggs.... just salt and peppered two eggs in the bag.... it worked perfectly!!
I just made this with a normal zip-loc (non-freezer) and it worked just fine. I made sure to keep it barely at a boil, rather than a fully rolling one, and the bag held up just fine. I made it with egg-whites and it was great!
I have served Ziploc Omelettes now for the last 5 months...you can really vary the recipe, however, you can also take a thin slice apples, add brown sugar and cinnamon, and boil it until the apples are soft, and pour over ice cream..or eat as is..quick little treat to take camping...yes the top of the bags do seem to melt...if you spell
I love this idea!! Egg white omelettes are great for someone watching your fat and calories. My skillet omelettes always left more in the pan than I got on my plate, so this is great. I like to add Mrs. Dash seasonings, and lowfat meats and cheeses. You get a lot of food for very little calories and fat. Just don't get too greedy and put in too much, sometimes it doesn't cook evenly.
The first thing that struck me after seeing this post is that I couldn't possibly contribute anymore plastic bags to the local garbage dump. What a waste of plastic. People, just put your eggs in a pan and mash it up if you can't flip an omlette... geesh.
Just for you Jay, I'm going to contribute at least 1 extra plastic bag to the landfill every time I do this recipe. It's on your head, Jay! ON YOUR HEAD!
This was featured on Rachel Ray's show as a viewer tip and tricks segment. The lady submitted a video making the omelet recipe but then came on the show in person and did a cake in boiling bag... and it looked tasty. Anyone try that one?
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