Introduction: Fried Eggs With No Pan

A little experiment borne of boredom, I was considering making a fried egg for my sandwich and the pan looked so boring...

Oddly this experiment was an instant success and actually easier than using the pan on account of my oven hob's enthusiasm for heat, downside, I broke the yolk while cracking the egg, otherwise it'd have been much prettier.

Step 1: Things You'll Need...

Eh, not very much...

An egg
Some tinfoil
An oven hob, gas won't work here
A little cooking oil (less than usual, surprisingly...

Step 2: The General Idea

Eh, My thoughts on this were that as long as the surface was flat and oiled it should work, but cleaning the oven itself looked like a big job, so I put tinfoil on top and went from there.

Putting a little oil on the tinfoil and spreading it around is a good plan, I did but not widely enough, the edges stuck a tiny bit

Step 3: Cooking...

I went with firing up the hob at a lowish heat, though mine's a bit loopy so I can't go low enough to make perfect eggs.

The tinfoil doesn't really heat up much until something presses on it, so don't worry about that...

Step 4: Eggs

Crack the egg and drop it out over the hob, try not to break the yolk like I did, I was a bit over zealous...

Step 5: Cook...

Eh cook the egg and either slow cook all the way through or, if your oven's as gung ho as mine, slide the tinfoil to the side, put another bit on the hob and flip...

The result is surprisingly tasty eggs, probably because they tasted like egg and not the other stuff your pan may cook...

Step 6: Eat.

I'll be honest, anxious to test the results I took the egg off the foil and just stuff the whole thing in my mouth, it was good and it occurred to me that I might make eggs for sandwiches this way all the time...

Comments

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CrayfishYAY (author)2011-07-19

Exactly how long & what temperature?

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lemonie (author)2010-01-10

Funny, I missed this first time around - excellent experiment!

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killerjackalope (author)lemonie2010-02-14

Ah thanks lemonie...

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pandaboy292 (author)2009-11-13

Thats awesome. when i first saw it i thought it was gonna be somethin like a piece of foil covering a unraveled wire coat hanger with a lighter under it or somethin like that. lol. added to faves!

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Cheers panda, If you wanted you probably could do that, though the process would be slow, however you've just given me another idea, which falls in to the other bracket of thinking...

Sensible - Totally stupid, no in between, thankfully impulsive sensible reactions are day saving, once in a blue moon though...

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KentsOkay (author)2009-11-11

 I RECKON this might work on a camp fire?

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I reckoned the same, though the foil'd have to be a bit away from the flames so it didn't burn through.[

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Pazzerz (author)killerjackalope2009-11-12

It does work on the campfire...

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killerjackalope (author)Pazzerz2009-11-12

Excellent, any trouble or just as easy?

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Pazzerz (author)killerjackalope2009-11-12

If you're worried about burning the egg, double over the foil and make the bottom layer 'crinkled'.  You can also quickly roast corn on the cob in foil with butter added directly on the hot coals.  Turn often.

The egg and foil should be held over the coals, as close as possible.  Aluminum melts at around 1220deg F, so if you want to rest it on the coals, put a layer of ash over them and let the heat go through the ash layer like an insulator.  OR, use a coat hanger as a makeshift stand.  Be creative  =)

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killerjackalope (author)Pazzerz2009-11-12

Ah, cheers for the info, I imagine a flattened tin from beans or the like would make and excellent plate for holding the foil on and keeping it from going alight...

Also, you could probably cook with a forked stick and some foil stretched across to make a bit for the egg...

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Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2009-11-12

...a forked stick and some foil ...

That's how we fry eggs with the Cubs on camp.

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2009-11-13

Sneaking suspicion I just subconsciously remembered scouts...

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Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2009-11-13

Haunted...

(Good to see you posting projects again!)

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2009-11-13

Thanks, been busy lately...

Liking your hundred 'ible games...

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Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2009-11-13

Thanks yourself.

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 Aye; proud of your abs huh?

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Not particularly, just a happy photo...

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masterochicken (author)2009-11-12

Wonderful. 5 stars

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Cheers master...

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paganwonder (author)2009-11-12

Awesome problem solving!  More proof that the more science(understanding) we have, the more utility we can derive from the resources we have.  Alternative Thinking- the mark of Genius! 

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Cheers, though genius is questionable...

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UmurCelikyay (author)2009-11-11

There are some studies out there which claim that aluminum (aluminium) may have toxic effects in the long run... Having said that, I must state that this is a clever idea  and would come in handy in an emergency. Thanks for posting :)






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Kiteman (author)UmurCelikyay2009-11-12
There is circumstantial evidence linking this metal with Alzheimer's disease, but no causal relationship has yet been proved. As evidence for other causes continues to grow, a possible link with aluminium seems increasingly unlikely.

Link.
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Biopyro (author)UmurCelikyay2009-11-12

They're just old scare stories, unless you'd like to back up your claims?
In the 1990s it was thought that aluminium particles might be linked to alzheimers, but following further research the theory was disproved. For some reason these rumours live on, but they aren't true.

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PKM (author)Biopyro2009-11-12

People still think swans can break your arm and MMR causes autism as well.  A widespread enough rumour is almost impossible to kill with such paltry tools as "information" and "scientific rigour".

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Pazzerz (author)PKM2009-11-12

Yeah, and standing on linoleum floors for more than 4 hours a day will give you foot cancer.

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