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Backpacker Magazine – November 2010

Recipe: Omelette in a Bag

May 2000 readers' favorite

by: Tim Griffith

(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)

2 eggs
¹⁄8 cup grated cheese
¹⁄8 cup salsa
¹⁄8 cup ham
Pinch salt and pepper

At home
Pour lightly beaten eggs into a zip-top bag. Add the rest of the ingredients, plus anything else that sounds good. Double-bag the mixture to prevent a “sleeping bag-and-headlamp” omelette.

In camp
Either fry the eggs in a pan, or bring a pot of water to a boil and drop the bag in the pot. Cook five to seven minutes, until the eggs pull away from the sides of the bag. Serves 1.

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Billy From The Hills
Jun 03, 2012

Seal-a-meal and other vacuum seal bags are designed to be boiled. Its probably a safer bet than ziplock.

Pierre Dance
Mar 09, 2011

S. C. Johnson, the makers of Zip-loc bags says the polyethylene in their bags starts to break down at 185f/85c releasing potential carcinogens. They are very strong opposed to boiling in them.

David Bloom
Feb 25, 2011

Hey, although it tastes great and is a snap to make, most plastic bags are not meant to boil (some aren't even meant to keep liquids) anything in it. A study I read claimed it could actually be dangerous to do so because harmful chemicals could be infused into the egg from the melting plastic (if it melts). They are even questioning if it could be connected to cancer. Hey, but I am not an expert, its just what I read. I would just advise anyone to do a little research and then make a decision on how they want to make their omelets.


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