Making Ziploc Omelets

The process of making Ziploc omelets in boiling water has been around for many years. The recipe is used by campers, outdoor adventurers and even youth in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, typically in situations where frying isn't an option. While Ziploc omelets are simple to prepare, there are some special considerations and precautions to regard before cooking them for you or your family.

Making the omelet

The steps to making Ziploc omelets are fairly simple. Typically, a quart-size Ziploc bag is used -- preferably the type used for freezing foods, as these are thicker. Two eggs are cracked into the bag and the preferred omelet ingredients are added. Common ingredients include cheese, vegetables and cooked meats.

Cooking the omelet

After the ingredients are in the bag, the mixture is gently squeezed to thoroughly mix the ingredients and scramble the eggs. The bag should then be sealed shut with all of the air removed prior to sealing. The sealed bag is then boiled in a pot of water for approximately 13 minutes without allowing the bag to touch the pan. Another variation is to cook the omelet in the microwave for two to three minutes.

Removing the omelet

After the omelet has been cooked, the bag is removed from the boiling water and opened. The thoroughly cooked omelet will roll out of the bag and look like an omelet prepared on the stove top. Use caution when opening the bag, as it will produce hot steam that can lead to burns.

Precautions

SC Johnson, the makers of Ziploc brand products, warns that their products should be used for their intended purposes. Using a freezer bag to boil an omelet is not one of those intended purposes. There are also concerns that boiling plastics can release unsafe levels of toxins from the plastic.

Ziploc brand manufactures a microwavable bag that is dioxin-free and meets the safety requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These bags are intended for use in the microwave only and, according to the company, "are not designed for boiling." Rolf Halden, PhD, PE, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, adds, "If you are cooking with plastics or using plastic utensils, the best thing to do is to follow the directions and only use plastics that are specifically meant for cooking."

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