Breakfast Ideas - Phase 1 - Ziploc Omelets
01-12-2009, 01:34 PM
This looks like a great idea! A friend e-mailed it to me, but I haven't tried it. Since I hate eggs, would someone be willing to attempt it and let us know how it goes? Thanks! :chef:
(This works great !!! Good for when all your family is together. The best part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet !!!)
Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than 2) shake to combine them.
Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc.
Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake. 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. For more, make another pot of boiling water.
Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.
Nice to serve with fresh fruit; everyone gets involved in the process and a great conversation piece.
Imagine having these ready the night before, and putting the bag in boiling water while you get ready.
And in 13 minutes, you've got a nice omelette for a quick breakfast!!!
01-12-2009, 01:39 PM
I was told not to try it because the plastic isnt suppost to be heated.I think i read it could cause cancer.I thought it looked like a great way to feed a family without having to make one at a time.
01-12-2009, 01:40 PM
Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
01-12-2009, 02:00 PM
I am defintely going to try this, as it is, I make the breakfast quiches on the phase one, but since it is just me dieting, I get bored of them by the end of the week. This would be a great way to have variety every morning. I'll let you know how it works!
01-12-2009, 02:17 PM
that's the cutest idea! :)
01-12-2009, 02:18 PM
I was told not to try it because the plastic isnt suppost to be heated
ETA 14:48: I found this link that says NOT to use Ziploc bags for cooking omelets: http://camping.about.com/od/campingrecipes/a/ziplocbaggies.htm
I so wanted to try this. This would be so great in the morning. I think I'll try bagging the omelettes the night before and then transfering to a microwave bowl. It's still a time saver.
01-17-2009, 11:11 AM
We do this all the time in Boy Scouts. In fact we do this at Cub Twilight camp with over 100 people. We use gallon size bags and you have to have some air in them so the bags will float but not too much. If you take all the air out the bags will sink to the bottom and melt. We recommend you use little cheese since the cheese makes the egg take longer to cook. Just add your cheese afterwards. We warm tortillas to serve the eggs in.
This is really cool since the boys get to fix their eggs however they like them. Just make sure you use precooked meat.
01-17-2009, 12:03 PM
Wow, that's a lot of plastic in the trash!
01-17-2009, 12:13 PM
even the companies that make the bags do not recommend doing this.
01-18-2009, 07:38 AM
I tried this, this morning. I used steamer bags so they were ok to be heated. I cooked 1 sausage link per bag sauteed some onion and bell pepper added it to the 2 eggs with some salt and pepper, shook it up and placed 6 of them in the pot. Even the ones that weren't all the way in the pot cooked evenly all the way through.
01-18-2009, 08:07 AM
Thats such a great idea! Im gonna look around to find the steamer bags so i can do this safely! Thanks for the tip!
01-18-2009, 10:26 AM
I think it looks awesome, but I don't buy or use plastic bags. If anyone can think of a creative way to do this without plastic, please post!
03-26-2009, 09:13 AM
I understand everyone's concern with plastic. It's a personal decision.
However, I would think there's got to be a safe way to do this in a non-plastic vessel. Again, I'm not really interested in trying as I hate eggs. But here's a thought:
What about using Ball jars? You know, the canning kind? Couldn't you put them in a bath of boiling water like you would to seal them for canning? :?: I'm not sure, as I've never done that, either, but I would think it would work. Could someone with canning experience chime in, here? I would think you could put all your stuff in the jar, close it up, and put it in the fridge until morning. It would probably seal tight during cooking, but you could still open it. If you sprayed the inside with Pam, I would think the eggs could come out easily, right?
Just a thought...
Thighs Be Gone
03-26-2009, 09:17 AM
The more I am reading the more concerned I am becoming about the plastic..I have probably already damaged myself though because I have been doing that for over 20 years..
Great idea on the omlettes...yes, now if we can just figure out how to prepare..
You could maybe use the small pyrex ramekins (sp?) with the plastic cover...the next morning pop the cover off and put them in the oven?
03-26-2009, 09:27 AM
Could you microwave the ramekins, while sitting in a little water, in a bigger dish? :?: I know so little about cooking eggs...
03-26-2009, 09:40 AM
I used the heat safe steamer bags and they worked great.
03-26-2009, 10:14 AM
I am definitely going to try these in the steamer bags. These would be perfect for work!
03-26-2009, 12:15 PM
I can see the convenience for camping or taking to work. But if you are home, why not just cook them in a pan? I'd rather clean out my nonstick frying pan than try to get eggs out of a jar or a bunch of ramekins. You could still mix everything up the night before and just pour in the pan in the morning if that saves time. And of course there's always the breakfast muffins, which are basically the same thing and can be made up in advance in quantity and warmed quickly in the microwave. I'm all about efficiency, plus there are the environmental and health factors with the plastics. Just my 2 cents.
03-26-2009, 12:57 PM
the thing about the putting omelets in a bag is that you can cook so many at once. With a pan, its 1 at a time, boiling them, I did 7 at once.
03-26-2009, 01:21 PM
There are plenty of boil-safe bags on the market, and if you have a vaccuum sealer you probably already have the right kind of bags (you just have to seal the bottom add the eggs and then seal again. Camping supply stores, and many large grocery store chains will also have "boiling bags." If not, cooking bags would probably be safe, but you'd have to tie the end very well to prevent seepage.
03-26-2009, 05:13 PM
I use this method when we go camping in the summer. It works great but I would not use it all the time.
03-26-2009, 09:37 PM
I see nothing wrong with using the Ziploc freezer bags once or twice a year for this but I don't think I'd do it all the time. It does have to be heavier bags like the freezer ones. The steamer ones mentioned here sound interesting.
I've done canning but my canning jars fit into a rack that gets lifted carefully into the boiling water and lifted out. I doubt if it would be worth the trouble for eggs. But you can make wonderful dill pickes.
What I do is use the little Pyrex ramekins. My microwave has a breakfast setting for scrambled eggs. I tell it how many eggs (or Eggbeater equivalents) and then it tells me when to stir. It is easy and makes it a good shape for putting on toast. The bags are better for tortillas.
The bottom line for me is how many I am cooking for. I think we had over 150 for last year's Webelos overnighter.
03-26-2009, 10:00 PM
These particular plastics are known carcinogens, and there's no known "safety threshold." Even the Ziploc website directly advises against it specifically.
I have a friend who swears by these, and got a bit upset when I pointed out that she avoids artificial sweeteners and preservatives (which most of the research suggests are safe, ar at worst "uncertain") and yet is ingesting a known carcinogen fairly regularly.
Considering that "boil in bags" are readily available, using unsafe plastics just is not worth the risk.
07-17-2009, 06:43 PM
While I wouldn't cook in the plastic bags (tho it sounds awesome), you could freeze these and put the in the fridge the night before to defrost and make in the am. I have a few of those cook-one-weekend-eat-4-a-month.
02-27-2010, 09:23 AM
This is a wonderful idea!!!:D