Introduction: How to Make an Omelet in a Ziplock Bag

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Making omelets can be very difficult and messy. However, by using a plastic bag and some boiling water, the process is simplified greatly. This can be used indoors and while on camping trips. It's a fun, easy way to make breakfast without a hassle.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

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You will need:
-2 or 3 eggs
-a plastic bag with a very good seal
-a medium pot
-enough water to fill the pot about halfway
-a whisk
-a large spoon

You should also get other spices, cheeses, and toppings as desired.

Step 2: Mix Your Ingredients

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Start heating your water now, as it needs to be at a rolling boil to cook your food.

Crack the eggs directly into the bag and shake or whisk well. (Thanks again to l8nite for pointing out that the bowl is unnecessary!) Add desired spices and mix again.

Pour mixture into the bag. Make absolutely sure that you have removed all air from the bag!

Step 3: Cook Your Omelet

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Put the bags directly into the boiling water. Let them sit for at least 13 minutes to become fully cooked. Believe me, you don't want food poisoning for 3 days because you were too impatient to wait 13 minutes.

Step 4: Remove and Ingest!

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Carefully take the bag out of the water. You can be thrifty and reuse the bag, or just rip it open and "pour" it onto the plate. Ready for eating!

This set of instructions can easily be adapted for camping purposes. Just make sure that you have some way to keep the eggs cool, so you don't get salmonella.


Sheia (author)2016-08-22

How would it work if pre made , can you freeze them ,? what would the cook time be?

SunshineB1 (author)2016-06-21

Plz Help: When you drop the baggie into the boiling water, should the water be turned OFF at this point, allowing the eggs to cook in the hot water for 13 minutes?

After you put the baggie into the boiling water, you let it boil for 13 minutes. So don't turn it off. I have done this before. I learned 10 minutes, but 13 is good.

punkhead58 (author)2010-04-24

Good idea for camping. I wouldn't use this at home a matter of fact, I would try to use this method as seldom as possible as heating plastic can release BPA.

spookiewon (author)punkhead582014-05-15

You can't release what isn't there. There is no BPA in polyethylene. There is nothing dangerous about cooking in ziplock bags. Learn a little science instead of repeating misinformation.

LindseyE2 (author)spookiewon2015-10-18

How about you do the learning? Ziplock doesnt condone boiling their bags. Thats because theyre aware that its not safe. Duh

MsJan (author)2012-08-01

I have learned the hard way about chemicals. The more you are near them or use themthan the more your system breaks down and you become where you cannot use any type of chemical. PLEASE do not cook in plastic. Years ago they did not tell you this but now they do.

LydiaT2 (author)MsJan2015-09-29

There is no BPA in polyethylene plastic bags. And they have been tested to be safe and free of chemicals that could leach into your food.

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Eddy Dean (author)2012-12-10

this worked great!, i used a mixed herbs thing from woolworths. it contained thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil, oregano and sage. I wish i had added a little salt though :(

kev1n1956 (author)2012-08-21

Good housekeeping couldn't get the chemicals into the food, so I'm thinking this is a good idea. Just don't use Glad bags

beerboyone (author)2009-07-02

First comment is correct...when standard zip lock bags are heated the plastic starts to break down and can be harmfull over time. I believe there are special high heat bags that are safe to use, but i'm to lazy to search for you right now.

brianfss (author)beerboyone2012-05-23

Whenever I read a comment and someone says "I'm too lazy...." I think,"Why should I take the advice of someone who is too lazy to do a little research.

Bosun Rick (author)2011-05-22

      Curious question: What about making the omlet-in-a-bag(s) at home in advance, then packing them in your cooler for your camping trip?How would they fare if you were to freeze them before the trip?
     Yes, they would have to be kept cold, but this would save lots of time while on a trip (all the better to enjoy that precious "time off"). You could mark each bag with the contents if in a family situation where not everyone likes the same thing. Not like my Dad - "your Mother cooked it, you'll eat it and like it"; Seriously, he didn't say that, it just sounded funny in today's world.

Tim Temple (author)2011-05-15

Just add two drops of silver colloid and laugh as the Salmonella bacteria a smothered to death! Listen closely an maybe you can heard their screams.

lol XD (author)2011-04-12

I've made these before in boy scouts... mmmm :D

maevonnie (author)2010-09-22

Weird. I am happy creating my omelet in a pan, thanks though. How bizarre. I mean, I understand it might be nice if you go camping or something, but it still would weird me out to eat it out of a plastic bag. But that's just me.

kelton10 (author)2010-04-19

Akrinna, you have done a wonderful job of making this tutorial and all people are saying is that you are trying to poison them, so  i would just add: use a large pot to prevent the bag from leaking egg at the small chance of something going wrong such as using generic bags.

Hope this helps.

sinema116 (author)2009-07-11

Please be careful using plastic around food items. When heating plastic as with boiling on the stove or the microwave, it releases toxic chemicals....some of which will end up in the food you will consume.

Mandrew (author)sinema1162009-08-26

Rumours from the internet. The article you posted sights dangers perceived to be inherent with plastics. It's based on speculation from 1958, and not research. There is some evidence that plastics could produce dioxins when heated, and they would be transferred to the food, however unless your microwave can heat the plastics to 1500 Celsius (And assuming the food survived) this seems like a moot point.

There could be some risk involved in using plastics for cooking, but it seems negligible. Ziploc bags are made without BPA the endocrine disruptor that can mimic human hormones in high doses, and are probably perfectly safe to cook in. Especially considering your microwave almost certainly peaks at less then 260.

The real microwave danger is with paper products that have been bleached

mncamper (author)2009-07-05

I've done this while camping once or twice. Add some fresh onions or green peppers and it's quite tasty. If you're worried about chemicals, man up (it's not like you're eating this way every day) or buy the baggies specifically for cooking.

Akrinna (author)2009-07-02

Thanks for all the comments, everyone! As this is my first post on the site, it's a very nice surprise to get so much feedback and constructive comments so quickly!

westfw (author)2009-07-02

I remember back in college, I had a bunch of creative methods for "cooking" using nothing but a small coffee pot (capable of boiling water, and that's about it.) That was just before microwave ovens became common, and I now put it in the "obsolete" category. I hadn't thought of camping trips; thats a pretty good idea (and an example of where a pot of boiling water may be the major cooking appliance.) This would be a more interesting instructable if the "cooking" step used a more interesting heat source. Can you cook eggs using hot tap water (140-180F)? The Omlet might even come out flat. What about "minimal" solar cooking (a practical version of frying an egg on the hot sidewalk?)

Akrinna (author)westfw2009-07-02

Thanks! I'll test the tap water thing, although water temperature can vary by household and the max temperature can be changed for safety purposes. I can see it now, a giant parabolic array of solar panels in the back yard aimed carefully at a pan of eggs...

killerjackalope (author)westfw2009-07-02

I found out that to fry and egg it needs to be 4 degree hotter than enough to burn skin, not sure of the truth in it but I gave solar frying an egg a go on a hot day there but leaving the frying pan in the sun until it was as hot as it could really get and it sort of worked, though the egg going on sapped a lot of heat from the pan...

l8nite (author)2009-07-02

nice instruc but 13 minutes????? I would think the eggs would be rubbery cooked that long. Eggs are best used at room temp, with pasturized eggs theres little chance of salmanella, many cultures don't refrigerate eggs at all. If your looking to avoid a mess why use the bowl? crack the eggs into the bag and either whisk or squish to scramble them

Akrinna (author)l8nite2009-07-02

It worked when I cooked them for 13 minutes... Good point about the bowl, I'll change that. (-:

killerjackalope (author)l8nite2009-07-02

I never refridgerate my eggs unless they're a giant pack that I may need an extra day or two past sell by to eat, works fine for me...

Kaelessin (author)2009-07-02

ha! my dad makes eggs like this . . .he likes the no mess aspect I think. I'm personally a sucker for the butter fried taste of the old fashioned way.

atombomb1945 (author)2009-07-02

Two points on the chemical questions. First, you would have to boil that bag for hours before it even thought about breaking down. Second, the water cannot come to a high enough heat to breakdown the bag. The only way it would melt is if it would come in contact with the bottom or sides of the pot (Direct Thermal Transfer) It is safe.

randofo (author)2009-07-02

It may not be a good idea to cook food by this method. Plastics tends to release chemicals when heated.

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