Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! The kids (ages 4 & 7) made omelettes with us this past weekend and had a blast. I was looking for a way to get them to eat eggs (aside from hardboiled egg whites) and maybe try a few new foods. Our spread included diced tomatoes, onions, red bell pepper, mushrooms, grated cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Using permanent marker (and supervision) we had the oldest write our names on each of the ziplock bags while the youngest counted and handed us two eggs at a time for each omlette. Both made their own omelettes as well as ours (we told them what items we wanted). Our 7 year old stuck with lots of cheese and bacon while our 4 year old surprised us by adding in cheese, bacon, tomato and even at the protest of her older sibling... Onion! The cooked omelettes slid out of the ziploc bags with ease and not only did they look impressive (better than any pan cooked omelette I've made in awhile), they tasted great too! Both of our kids ate their omelettes exclaiming that theirs tasted 'better' then the other, because... they made it :). I found it unnecessary to add milk to keep the eggs moist, they were plenty moist and fluffy on their own. Just a few notes I'd like to add of my own: I did most of the prep work the evening before to save time and placed everything in their own small tupperware container. Going forward, we will use diced ham instead of bacon - it's just easier and there's less work involved. I'll be dicing left over vegetables from other meals to keep in the freezer that we can use later on in our 'omelettes". I always seem to have that extra half an onion or crown of brocoli that doesn't get used but sits in the fridge past its prime - just seems like an easy way to use them up. Regarding cooking in Ziploc bags - it's safe. Ziploc does not use BPA in it's plastic products and they are also Dioxin free. The emails circulating claiming that Ziploc's own site warns against cooking in their storage bags are false (I checked their site to confirm if this was true and found that Ziploc addresses that email as 'misleading' and goes on to explain the criteria needed in order to form dioxide - neither of which is likely to happen from your microwave or boiling in water since you need the combinations of both chloride and temperatures of 1,500 deg F). Just be sure to keep an eye on the bags and try and keep them away from touch the sides of the pan during cooking. Our bags held up just fine, no melting or softening of the plastic. Water also does not need to be at a rolling boil to cook in. Turn it down to medium heat before adding the ziploc bags.
We love these - whether cooking one omelet, or setting out an "omelet bar" and allowing guests to design their own. As to the danger in using Ziploc bags, that is an URBAN LEGEND. If you are still worried, now you can buy SC Johnson's Zip and Steam bags, made specifically for cooking foods.
i have to be honest. i cook, a LOT. i cook eggs, a LOT. but, i've admittedly NEVER crafted a conventional omelet. NOW I NEVER HAVE TO! this came out, perfectly! well, perfect-tasting, as mine left much to be desired, aesthetically..but! i sourced this recipe, specifically, so as to cook a filling for a breakfast burrito, and this worked better than i could have even imagined! i added some cheese and meats to mine, sprinkled a flour tortilla with a little more grated cheese .. rough chopped my omelet, et voila! delish! thank you, and thank you mrs. walker!
THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH! BEWARE! On ziploc's website they DO NOT RECOMMEND cooking ANYTHING in ziploc bags!!! In fact, there have been many health warnings about cooking food in plastic, and ziploc bags were not designed for food to be cooked in them. The plastic from the bags leeches into your food and you are essentially eating plastic. Plastic toxicity is one of the many causes of illnesses of diseases such as cancer.
I want to thank Candycorn 1234, for her informative post. My DIL made these up for us on a camping trip years ago, and they were delicious and fun. Since we're all still here and doing just fine, and I'm 65, I believe Candy----to be correct. (I'm too lazy to check out the web site myself) LOL I'd forgotten about that cooking technique until I just now came across this recipe. My only suggestion would be, to NOT use generic bags. Thanks Pot Scrubber, for the reminder of my fun time, and thanks again Candycorn1234.
This is super fun for my 4yo. The first time we made them, though, I used an off brand freezer bag. The omelets turned out okay, but the bags started to split near the end of the cooking time. The next time I used real Ziploc brand and the bags were much sturdier.
Wow! My 30-year-old totally dug these! ...oh wait - that's me. Hehe. I put chopped ham, chopped mushrooms, and a chopped slice of American cheese in mine. I don't ever remember doing these in girl scouts (though we could have - we cooked all kinds of things unconventionally, usually involving de-barked tree branches and fire...LOL), but I am always making omelettes like this now! I ALWAYS have trouble turning them so they look nice, timing when to put the veggies in, overcooking them, and...well, you name it. These come out fluffy and restaurant-style looking (13 minutes cooked it perfectly). Plus, you can make a bunch at once if you have family or company over staying the night! I might start carrying a Bowie knife too, but always asking for my husband to cut stuff with his knife is working good so far. ;) Thanks for this AWESOME recipe/method!
Very good, my 3-year-old loved it. I draped the edge of the bag over the pan and it melted, so make sure the whole bag is in the water and you'll be fine. I also needed 5 extra minutes for my omelette than the exact 13 minutes. Probably because I added peppers and tomatoes and their juice made the egg take longer to cook. My daughters' cooked perfectly in 13 minutes. What a great way to cook omelettes without any extra fat!
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I have read an email that warned consumers about the alleged dangers of using Ziploc? Brand products in the microwave. Is this information true?
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Wanted to do something different on a Friday morning at work. Everyone brought what they wanted and everyone tried it. It was a great success. If you add a lot of ingredients you want to go to 15 min. I have already heard of many doing it at home. Try it!