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@cynthiann (18619)
Jamaica
August 20, 2009 11:27am CST
A GR sent me this idea and I thought that I would open it for discussion. A simple way to get everyone involved in breakfast or lunch. First use a marker and everyone write their name on a Ziploc bag with a marker. Crack 2 eggs in the bag and shake to combine them. Put out a variety if ingredients such as cheese, ham, onion, peppers, tomato, hash browns, salsa etc. Each person adds what ingredients of choice to their bag and shake. Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up. Place bags in rolling boiling water for 15 minutes. Then open bag and omelet will roll out easily. Nice to serve with fruit or salads or fresh rolls etc. Now I cannot get home to try this until this evening so someone out there may want to make this for lunch and can let us know how it works. Oh, it can also be made the night before then just put the bags in boiling water. How easy a breakfast is that? Do you think that this is a great idea? Will you try it with me?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Aug 09
Sounds good to me! yum...
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
Gonna try it?
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
20 Aug 09
If I remember. Remembering is the problem...
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Aug 09
OK I did a boil in bag omelette this morning, eggs, cheese and a bit of salt. Pros - no fat from oil/butter, no cleaning the pan Cons - takes longer to cook than in a pan But it was pretty decent!
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@marguicha (90363)
• Chile
20 Aug 09
Hi, I will be checking on how it works for you. I do just about the same with my omelettes (about the addition of whatever lies around) but I love the oily, scrambled eggs taste of the omelette done the tradicional way. I must confess though it could be a good idea to use if you are on a diet and want less fat in your food. I´m trying to shed some pounds but I´m doing it at the slow rate of half a pound a month just eating smaller portions of everything. Luck and happy posting
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
Keep it up. It took me 6 weeks to lose 5 pounds and my doctor said that I am not doing enough to lose weight faster. I am going to try it though tonight.
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@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
20 Aug 09
Hmmmm a novel way to make an omlete, let me try it out, but ona second thought, what sort of bag am I supposed to use? LOL Pardon me for my ignorance.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
A bag that zips closed and can take the heat of hot water will do
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
20 Aug 09
Here's a link about why you may not want to do this. I am aware that microwaving plastic butter cups and the like is considered unwise due to the type of plastics they are made from. This suggestion made me wonder, so I looked it up. http://camping.about.com/od/campingrecipes/a/ziplocbaggies.htm There are "boil in" bags on the market that I believe are made from other types of plastics which can better withstand the heat. I like the idea of everyone having their own choice though. This sounds like fun!
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• United States
20 Aug 09
TY for posting the link ROCKET! That's the hard thing about plastics one never knows the exact use for anything especially with cooking.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
Thank you rocket for this. and it sounded so good. I must tell everyone to use the bags that can boil and not Ziploc. Maybe it is something that we should only do occasionally?
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I appreciate you posting this! I don't know that I would have ever made it like that, but if I were to make anything, I'll make sure to get the boil in bags!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I had this once before & never did try it. I thought for one it would just be as simple to make my omelet in a pan. let me know how it turns out if u make this way. I think it would be great if u had a big family & everyone always likes or wants something different. Now if my sons were still home dragging in friends like they use to this would have been handy. I use to fill like i was running a restaurant arond here when they were growing up. I'd do it all gain if i could, lol.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 09
It is quicker to do it for one the regular way but I did it last night just to try it out and it turned out good. I added cram cheese and butter to the mixture. This is only quick when you have a crowd to cook for.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 Aug 09
About how long did u boil it. I think it would be a fun thing to do w/a crowd. HAPPY SAT. TO U.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Aug 09
Thanks JO. I boiled it for 15 minutes and I did use a ziploc bag as I didn't have anything else to use!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
20 Aug 09
I think I have heard of something like that before. I don't know how good it will work, I've never made an omelet myself but I thought that it had to be laying in the flat surface of the frying pan for it to work good. It sounds like it would be a quick and easy way to make breakfast on the go. Maybe have toast ready to be made, and just turned on in the oven, or the switch flipped on the toaster! I don't know that I'll try it, no one here eats omelets that I know of.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
The usual way is to break the eggs and mix them with a little salt and pepper and have a little oil of butter hot in the pan before pouring in the egg mixture. Then as it start to cook, you take a fork and draw the mixture from the outside of the pan to the middle of the pan so that all the mixture cooks evenly. Then lay what you want on half of he omelette - cheese, ham etc, and then use a spatula to turn the half with out the filling onto the half of the omlette with the filling and let it cook for a few minutes more. Some like it soft and others prefer the eggs to be cooked further. Two points I have learnt today from friends, one, you must use a plastic bag that can take the boiling and not ziploc. Secondly remember to add a little salt, butter or oil to mixture before boiling so that it is tastier and creamy. Good luck in trying.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Oh you can't forget the seasoning, trust me I doubt I would! Lol! While I am not a salt, pepper or butter fanatic, I do like my seasonings! Creamier huh? That sounds interesting, I really like my eggs to be well done, lol, not to the point of burning, but ya know... I wonder if you could put pepperoni in an omellette?
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
20 Aug 09
Hey cythiann! That is a great idea! I really like it and think I will be giving it a try! I will be interested to see how it comes out! It is a very interesting idea and sounds so simple! That would save cleaning the pan too! I love omelets too! Hmmm! Now you've got me in the mood for one! I might even try it tonight, but doubt it! It's way too hot here to even go near the stove to boil the water! Thanks for the great tip!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 09
Hi Opal I found out that ziploc does not recommend that their bags be used but you can buy plastic bags that can be used for boiling. Secondly, add salt etc and some butter/oil/cream cheese to the mixture before boiling as it will make it creamier. I tried this last night (in a ziploc bag) and it was so good
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
20 Aug 09
So good.....we did this at out big family outing up at the lake...and it was quite nifty.....we had two big pots of boiling water and it sure saved on dishes!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
I have had some responses saying that ziploc bags should not be used but to use those bags that are designed for boiling. Also to add salt and a little butter an oil to the bag before boiling. I am definitely going to do it tonight - I had never heard of it before
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
23 Aug 09
This sounds great. Hubby insists on fried eggs but I love scrambled. I just hate having to mix up a little bit for me...so this looks like a winner to me. I'm going to try it as soon as I can. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Aug 09
You can mix it up the night before and just pop it in the water in the morning., I added salt, butter and cheese to mine and it was so good. However, try to get the bags that can be boiled rather than ziploc. Someone warned me about using a ziploc bag as it may release chemicals or something when it is heated. However I used a ziploc as I was eager to try it our for myself. It worked out well for me as when the water was boiling I out int he bag and set the kitchen timer and then went and showered and dressed so breakfast was cooking while I was dressing. The first time I did it was for supper but I would do it again fro breakfast.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
24 Aug 09
Thanks for letting me know...I read the thing about ziplocks as well. I'll have to try it out. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I bet my kids would get a kick out of cooking their breakfast this way. I might have them try it in the morning. I got an 18 pack of eggs the other day so I have plenty of eggs to use up.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Aug 09
I found out from rocket that ziploc does not recommend using their bags - although I did - that was all I had and I wanted to try it out. You have to buy the boilable bags as chemicals may be released from the ziploc bags when they are boiled. I also added salt and some butter and cream cheese to mine and it was so good. I think that your chilkdren, or any children, would love doing this.
@xichen7 (153)
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
I will try it later, but I just think about putting the boiling water 15 minutes. Maybe the fresh vergetables in salad is cooking, and it not fresh any more, it will become soft, and soft salad will taste ??? I can't image that. For other things I think I can't try it, maybe it is a good way to cook. Happy mylot!
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 09
You do not put the slad in the bag - prepare is as a side dish. Just the eggs in the bag
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Yes, it sounds like a great idea. Yes, I will try it with you, lol. It sounds good and easy to fix, too. I don't have any salsa or fresh rolls, though. It might make a nice snack. Kathy.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 09
If it is prepared the night before then it can cook whilst I am getting ready for work. I tried it last night and added some salt, pepper and cream cheese and a little butter to the mix and it turned out so well.
@MissAmie (720)
• United States
21 Aug 09
This is the BEST idea! A million thanks for posting this great idea! Another time saving trick I learned just recently is that eggs can be microwaved. I was putting up a friend of mine while he didn't have a place to stay and one day he was cooking himself some scrambled eggs and popped them into the microwave. I was shocked at first, I'm usually leery of the microwave because I don't think food tastes as good cooked in a microwave as opposed to in the oven or on the stove. I tried it and it really works well! I cook my son eggs in the microwave almost every day. He sure isn't complaining about the flavor.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
21 Aug 09
I think that with the microwave the timing is crucial for the eggs or they can be too hard. Two tips from friends. Us eplastic bags that can boil not ziploc. Ziploc does not recommend that their bags can be used for boiling. Also add salt etc and some butter/oil/cream cheese to make the omelette taste even creamier. I tried this last night and it was so good
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
20 Aug 09
cynthiann, Instead of a ziploc bag, I am more for much more environmental and healthy friendlier material than suspicious quality polyurethane materials used in these bags. I am suggesting using aluminum foil wraps to make a bag for your mix. Besides, the cooking will be much safer and even. Also, another method will be steaming, that is placing your mix in a bowl and steamer or microwave oven. Don't forget to add a pinch of salt and oil for a tastier and smoother result. Hope I'd be enjoying this recipe. Thanks for the share.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
20 Aug 09
someone has just said that ziploc bags should not be used but go for the bags that can boil. I will try out an aluminum wrap too to see if the water does not seep in somehow. Many thanks
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