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Old 12-28-2008, 04:26 PM   #1
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"Ziplock omelet" alternative?

So, I was watching some videos recently about omelets, and I discovered ziplock omelets -- making an omelet in a ziplock bag and boiling it 10-13 mins. The problem with that being, boiling a plastic actually makes the food toxic. So, I was thinking...

Could this same concept be used, but with glass?

For example, mix up an omelet, put it in an old jelly jar with the lid on, and sit it in boiling water for 10 mins. Anyone want to try it out? Should work, right?

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Old 12-28-2008, 04:32 PM   #2
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I'd be afraid pressure might build up and break the jar, since the lid would be on. If you try it, let us know (with photos if possible).

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Old 12-28-2008, 04:37 PM   #3
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Barb is right. Also, you'll have a hard time getting the cooked egg out of the jar.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:17 PM   #4
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whati sth e point of a ziplock omlette? is it jsut the little burn factor on it?

I personally would find it hard to do it those ways then the right way.

Good Eats has a great episode on making omlettes. practice makes perfect and its cheap enough
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:21 PM   #5
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whati sth e point of a ziplock omlette? is it jsut the little burn factor on it?
The original point was for camping. As the OP pointed out though, it is not safe.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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yeah i wouldnt think it was safe or very tasty.
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:30 PM   #7
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Couldn't you do it with the lid off?

Since a ziplock bag omelet isn't going to turn out like a "real" omelet, but, more like scrambled eggs with "whatever" in them, why not just make them in a pan? If you ARE camping could you make them in the metal-type cup you drink from and sit in a water bath to cook?

I'm sure you can tell I don't hike, but, we do camp occasionally. Carrying a heavy skillet isn't a problem. Hiking equipment is pretty light though, isn't it? Don't they make some really light-weight skillets?
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:52 PM   #8
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My friend, Debbie swears by her microwave omelet maker that she bought at cvs.
It is kind of like this one:
Progressive Microwave Easy Omelet Maker GMMC70 at Kitchen Collection&
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:09 PM   #9
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The 'Ziplock Omelet' practice was not for the microwave, but for camping to have a ready-made item that could be boiled in water without involving a lot of separate ingredients, pans and clean-up. That practice was determined to be unsafe since Ziplock bags were not designed for boiling (or microwave) and could potentially leech chemicals.

The practice is currently done with FoodSaver bags which ARE rated for microwave and boiling water use.
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:23 PM   #10
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This "Ziploc Omelet" thing is an old bugaboo that's been making the e-mail rounds for YEARS now. Even the manufacturers of Ziploc bags advised against it - whether you planned to boil the bag or microwave it. In fact, there's an old thread on here promoting this very thing.

However, Ziploc now makes bags specifically for microwave cooking, so if you're truly bent on making Ziploc microwave omelets without poisoning yourself or melting plastic everywhere, now's your chance.
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