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Old 07-24-2006, 10:41 AM   #1
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Ziploc Omelets

A friend emailed me this recipe yesterday. I haven't tried it yet, but Ruthie is a great cook, and she says it works.

> ZIPLOC OMELET
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> (This works great! Good for when all your family is together. The best
> part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet).
> Have each person write their name on a Quart-size Ziploc freezer bag
> with permanent marker.
> Crack 2 eggs (large or extra-large) into the bag (not more than 2) shake
> to combine them.
> Put out a variety of ingredients such as: cheeses, ham, onion, green
> pepper, tomato, salsa, etc.
> Each person adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag and shake.
> Make sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.
> Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. You
> can usually cook 6-8 omelets in a large pot. For more, make another pot
> of boiling water.
> Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for
> everyone to be amazed.
> Nice to serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake; everyone gets involved
> in the process and a great conversation piece.
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> Imagine having these ready the night before, and putting the bag in
> boiling water while you get ready for work. And in 13 minutes, you got
> a nice omelette for a quick breakfast!
>
> Try it. . . .it really works!

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Old 07-24-2006, 10:46 AM   #2
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While this is an interesting idea it is not advisable. Ziploc says on their FAQ page that their bags are not supposed to be boiled. I have heard it can lead to chemicals leaching into the food, but I have no confirmation on that.

Here is what Ziploc says...
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Can I boil in Ziploc® Brand bags?
No. Ziploc® Brand bags are not designed to withstand the extreme heat of boiling.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:14 AM   #3
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Yup - I've definitely heard/read that as well. Boiling food in Ziplock bags is completely unadvisable.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:25 AM   #4
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I wondered about that when I read the recipe. I also think 13 minutes sounds like a long time to boil the eggs.
Oh well, it looked like a good idea.
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Old 07-24-2006, 11:34 AM   #5
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The whole post ("This works great....") has circulated around a large number of chattier sites. Maybe no one pointed out that you shouldn't boil a ziplock bag.
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Old 07-24-2006, 12:44 PM   #6
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Well, I looked around on the web, and the Ziplock Omelet recipe is all over the place, and you said, Jen.
A lot of people have tried it, and have been pleased with the results.
And a lot of people have stressed that one must NOT boil Ziplocks.

Hmmmm....I guess I'll stick with my regular method, but I'm still tempted to try this at least once.
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Old 07-24-2006, 12:52 PM   #7
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Why waste a perfectly good Ziplock bag? They ain't cheap, and if you have a pot to boil the water in, you have a pot to cook the eggs in -- and probably in much less time. I guess cleanup would be easier with the bag, but that's hardly worth risking some sort of chemical poisoning from the dissolved plastic.

Remember that with most chemicals, the damage to the human body is slow and cumulative, resulting in problems years later (like cigarettes and cancer, for example). Just because someone did this and didn't drop dead on the spot doesn't mean it's safe.
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Old 07-24-2006, 12:58 PM   #8
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Constance - I'm surprised that you think that just because it's "all over the web" automatically means it's safe. Even if "lots of people have tried it & have been pleased with the results". The fact remains that these plastic bags are not meant for boiling, & toxic substances can be dissolved into the food.

Stop & think for a minute. Don't you think that if this was a terrific & safe idea, that the Ziplock people would be advertising it all over the place???!!???
This is, quite simply, just another dumb fad-of-the-moment.

Omelettes take virtually just a few minutes to make in a regular pan. I can't understand what the draw is to make one in a plastic bag. Sometimes there is absolutely no need to build a better mousetrap.
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Old 07-24-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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Constance - I'm surprised that you think that just because it's "all over the web" automatically means it's safe.
She actually never said that. As a matter of fact she said that she is sticking with her regular method.
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I can't understand what the draw is to make one in a plastic bag. Sometimes there is absolutely no need to build a better mousetrap.
The draw was for backpackers. People who go camping with everything they need on their backs. One less pan or set of plates to carry is a big deal to people like that.
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For those of you who would like to try this - there is a safe and easy way to do so.

IF, you have a FoodSaver vaccuum sealer - those 'pouches' are made to be used in simmering not boiling water and it would work great!
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