05 July 2006

Ziploc omelets

Sara could see this as a big hit at slumber parties:

  • Have guests write their names on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
  • Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the quart size Ziploc bag (not more than 2) shake to scramble.
  • Put out a variety of ingredients -- cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc.
  • Each guest adds ingredients of choice to his or her bag and shakes.
  • Make sure to squeeze 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 for everyone to be amazed.

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The idea is neat, but cooking with platsics is not. Check out http://www.jhsph.edu/publichealthnews/articles/halden_plastics.html
or just search for "cooking with plastics".

Ah!!! My good friend is a reproductive toxicologist, and this is horrible! Do not feed kids things out of heated plastic, especially flexible plastics like ZipLoc bags!

We've done this & it's FABULOUS, although I have wondered about the safety...will think twice about it next time!

Toxic implications aside, the French would be apalled! :)

Or, you know, appalled.

Although...this would be a cool idea for a "build your own" scramble! Just take the bags out of the picture, and cook up each persons individual concoction. Eggs are pretty quick anyway! Neat idea. (Though I would do mine with tofu...)

Not to mention that the taste of boiled eggs isn't going to be pleasing to everyone. If you're expecting this to taste like an omelette, or even like scrambled eggs, it won't.

Those are cooked in a pan, over direct heat, which imparts a completely different flavor than indirect heat such as boiling.

If you'll notice, the Johns Hopkins comments were regarding foods cooked in a microwave, not in boiling water. If it's so bad for us, why are there any boil-in-bag products? What about campers who regularly use this method to cook?

Please use common sense - moderation in all things is a very good idea. This isn't suggesting you cook all your meals in Ziploc(r) bags! Once in a while probably isn't going to cause any grave health concerns.

I've done it. They tasted good. They were fun. They were easy. There was no clean-up (We were in a cabin at a park). As for the plastic- well, maybe we'll limit it to times that we're in park cabins.

We read about this via another site and tried it yesterday morning. Works great! However, you really have to work a little to get the egg mixture well scrambled. Next time, I'm planning to beat the eggs in a bowl first. I know that takes some of the "mess-less" element out of it, but I think it'll be worth the teensy extra effort involved in washing a single mixing bowl and a wisk.

Also, if you're after a spiced up version, I recommend adding salsa *after* the cooked eggs are on your plate. Adding salsa to the egg mixture in the baggie prior to cooking makes the end result a bit loose and the appreance is a little less appetizing.

Rob, skip the bowl and wisk. Double ziplock it and hand it to two five year olds. Let them play catch for a few minutes, then cook. Even more fun!

Let me dig around for the ziplock ice cream recipe. I've got it somewhere. I'll send it to Asha.

This is a classic Cub Scout meal -- sounds tasty.

"...If it's so bad for us, why are there any boil-in-bag products? What about campers who regularly use this method to cook?"

OMG... you mean to say that corporations that sell meals encased in inexpensive plastics care more about the bottom line than the health of their customers???? SHOCKING. The FDA doesn't keep up with the latest scientific information regarding what is and is not healthy for us, in a better attempt to protect the American people from Big Industry???

I'm floored.

BUT, yes anything in moderation is cool, and it looks like a fun thing to do once a year. Obviously not the way you want to heat all your meals. And yes, the heat on plastic thing is bad, regardless of the type of heat applied. Obviously, microwaves will do more damage, more quickly, but heat is still heat and plastic is still plastic. Heat also releases carcinogens from Equal and Sweet and Low. However, it does not release carcinogens from sugar, so Splenda is, theoretically, the best choice for coffee and tea.

GIVE ME A BREAK! This recipe is fun and really works. We have been boiling in bags for years (i.e. frozen veggies). I can understand why putting plastic in the microwave is not a good idea, IT'S RADIATION FOR GOD SAKE. Boiling water on the other hand, please...before you know it everything will be bad for us and then what will be left.

I work in the medical profession and I swear they find something new ever year that is bad for you. Unfortunately, nothing is full proof someone, somewhere will have a reaction no matter what we do. Just use your God given common sense.

Very fun-sounding idea and some very interesting comments followed. Really go me thinking.

Did a quick Google and among the many links I scanned, I stumbled upon one for a site called Cooking For Engineers, at http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article.php?id=99

Thought your readers would appreciate this info. Cheers! :-)

If you still like the bag idea but wonder about the safety why don't you use the bags that were meant to be cooked with like the ones for steaming veggies and the ones they use to cook whole chickens and turkey's in the ovem .. I believe they are approved for use up to 375 F. those might just be safer.

My kids and I make these all the time. I contacted various baggie companies and they all replied back to me that You would have to consume inconceivable amounts of baggie omlets for there to be any dangers. We are talking 25 to 50 a day for your entire life. So I am thinking you would consume more toxins walking past the crowd smoking outside the doors of Walmart than you would eating baggie omlets.
I agree with sheila, They come up with something new all the time that could kill us. Maybe all the "They's" of the world should spend their time doing something useful like, Feeding the hungry or helping an elderly lady across the street. I Imagine there is somthing life threatening about doing that too.

I've done these for packing trips (into the wilderness with pack animals). We needed to freeze some of our food for the trip in and we wanted to try these omlets. We used the Food Saver and the heat safe bags to be used with the Food Saver. We mixed the eggs in a separate bowl and added about a tablespoon of water to each (best way to freeze eggs). We decided to just add cheese and skip veggies - sealed the bags and froze them. Worked really well and tasted wonderful in middle of no where for breakfast our first morning in camp. Another plus with Food Saver Bags - they don't tend to stick to the pan as readily as a ziplock might. If you try this stop the machine before it totally sucks all of the air out or it will suck the egg all the way to the top of the bag and won't seal well. We use the interupt button and hit "manual seal".

I've done these for packing trips (into the wilderness with pack animals). We needed to freeze some of our food for the trip in and we wanted to try these omlets. We used the Food Saver and the heat safe bags to be used with the Food Saver. We mixed the eggs in a separate bowl and added about a tablespoon of water to each (best way to freeze eggs). We decided to just add cheese and skip veggies - sealed the bags and froze them. Worked really well and tasted wonderful in middle of no where for breakfast our first morning in camp. Another plus with Food Saver Bags - they don't tend to stick to the pan as readily as a ziplock might. If you try this stop the machine before it totally sucks all of the air out or it will suck the egg all the way to the top of the bag and won't seal well. We use the interupt button and hit "manual seal".

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