Omelette in a Bag

Omelette in a Bag - how toWe make these EVERY. SINGLE. TIME we go camping. They are SO easy and there is virtually no cleanup. I have all the ingredients prepped before we go camping so we simply wake up and get some water boiling… that’s it. Everyone loves making their omelettes EXACTLY how they want.. and it is fun! The kids LOVE making these!  Seriously, this breakfast couldn’t be easier and you will have VERY happy campers! They always come out perfect and nothing tastes better after a long night of camping. I actually find myself making these a few times just at home throughout the year because they turn out so fluffy and good.. way better than trying to do it in a pan.. plus you can make them all at once instead of just one-at-a-time. We have made these when guests come visit and they are always so pleasantly surprised with how good they are. They are also GREAT for reunions. You can make big batches and again.. clean-up is a snap! Whether camping, at a reunion, or just at home wanting to switch things up, you just can’t lose with an Omelette in a Bag!

Omelette in a Bag

Omelette in a Bag

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • additional ingredients (to your liking):
  • cheese, shredded
  • ham, diced
  • bacon, cooked & chopped
  • sausage, cooked & crumbled
  • tomato, diced
  • bell peppers, diced
  • onion, chopped
  • mushroom, sliced
  • (whatever other toppings you like)
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sour cream
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • guacamole
  • (any additional topping ingredients you like)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil (appx. 2/3 full)
  • While waiting for the water to boil, crack eggs into a Ziploc heavy-duty, large (at least quart-sized.. preferably gallon-size) freezer bag and add water.
  • Seal and shake, smash, squish the bag... whatever you can to get those eggs really beaten up.
  • Add any remaining ingredients that you would like, press as much air out of the bag as you can and seal tightly. Smoosh the ingredients around a little bit to get an even distribution.
  • Place bags (up to 6) in the boiling water and cook for 13 minutes (adding 1-2 minutes per additional egg if people want bigger omelettes). ALSO, cooking times vary depending on elevation-- check your eggs every few minutes... once they are no longer runny and feel like they are set, they are ready!
  • Make sure the tops of the bag don't hang out over the edge of the pot, especially if you are doing it over a fire-- you don't want the plastic to melt. One of our readers suggested clipping the bags together with a clothespin and draping over a skewer or stick placed across the pot to keep them from falling over the sides-- a great idea!
  • Carefully remove the bags from the water. When you open the bag, the omelette should easily slide onto the plate. Top with any additional toppings and enjoy!
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Comments

  1. Of course we are already getting emails about whether this is safe or not…. Ziploc’s website mentions that there could be an issue with the bags melting if they get over the sides so they don’t recommend boiling in them, HOWEVER, I have done this MANY MANY times and have never had a bag melt once. As far as “toxins” go… some threads are all hysterical but most places I have looked say it is totally fine. We have made these a bunch of times and no one has ever gotten ill. I figure if Ziploc bags are safe to microwave in, there isn’t much risk in boiling them. If you are REALLY REALLY concerned about it and can’t get past it, of course you can google “boilable bags” and there are lots of options that will come up.

      • I have been making these for years. Love them! The 12 -13 minutes is not totally set in stone. If it is runny, you just need to cook it longer. Before opening the bag, remove it from the water and press the eggs. If there is still liquid egg, cook it a few minutes more.

      • just tried it for the first time… ran out of ziplock sandwich bags, so i used a freezer bag.. good thing i did, cause it melted to the bottom of the pan. lost most of an egg before the egg clogged the holes in the bag. couldn’t bear to waste it, so i finished cooking it and tried it. it wasnt bad. i just hope i didnt ruin my pan..

  2. OMG, get over it ppl what about your water bottles and everything else you reuse, and the MSG, and MGO, and all the other things in your food!!!! put there by the Government!! I had one this morning just to try it before company this morning and no melting of the bag and it really did taste very good….. Thanks for the share and remember you will always find someone who complains!!

    • It’s not about complaining, it’s not about ‘getting over it’. It’s making sure that people are aware that this is bad for you so that they can make their own decision on whether they want to risk it. You really shouldn’t heat up plastic and eat from it. It’s not safe. It’s a fact that you can get cancer from too much BPA. BPA is banned in many other countries.

  3. We use to make these when we went camping with the cubscouts. Since there was so many people they added all the eggs and mixed them in a pot then put a scoop in each campers ziplock bag. The scouts would use sharpie markers to write their names on the bags too. It was so much fun even the pickiest eaters liked it. No one ever got sick and we never had issues with the bags melting.

  4. Do you think this could also work in thinner Tupperware/Rubbermaid containers since people are so worried about the plastic melting?

    • hmmm.. I don’t know if I would try that. I would just be afraid that it would leak. If you get a leak it will get ruined real quick.

  5. my dad had mentioned doing this at an upcoming reunion and i happen to be in charge of one of the breakfasts. i was so excited to see this a couple of days after we’d talked and guess what i made that night? ha ha. easy and delicious! thanks so much!

  6. I did my omelette this way this morning, very easy. Cannot wait until my next camping trip, so that i can do a easy and not so messy breakfast.

  7. These look great! The bags really don’t leak?? I worry that if I planned this for our camping breakfast, that we would end up with watery eggs in baggies and no breakfast. I love the idea so I hope it works!!!

  8. I tried this over the weekend and I used ziplock freezer bags and the eggs stuck to the sides of the bags. What did I do wrong?

    • You may have not let it boil long enough. I have never had that happen before so I can’t say for sure!

      • Hi! I just finally got around to trying these tonight. I did 3 eggs in each bag so I added an extra half tablespoon of water. I used gallon sized freezer bags that came from Dollar Tree (they didn’t say Do Not Boil like some of the other bags I had). I folded the bags together some & secured with a metal paperclip. I used a wooden spoon to drape the bags over the pot to make sure they didn’t melt to the side. My pot was deep with lots of water to make sure they didn’t touch the bottom. I boiled all 3 bags together for about 20 minutes checking them at the 15 minute mark. Worked perfectly! Slides right out of the bag onto the plate! Easy, fast, & yummy! Make sure what you are seeing is actually runny egg & not the egg crusting. Like she said, time may vary. This is not something I would leave unattended just in case the bags you are using do begin to melt :)

        • So glad you liked them!!! It is always our go-to breakfast when we go camping because clean-up is the easiest! Thanks for your nice comment! :)

  9. How far in advance can you assemble everything in the bag? I’d like to have it all prepped in each bag ready to go in the cooler possibly a day in advance! Thanks for sharing : )

    • Hmm.. that’s a good question. I would imagine it would be fine but I can’t say for sure. If you do it let us know how it turns out!

    • Melissa, I have done this so many times for camp that it really is so easy. My only thought about prepping it the day before is that eggs have a shell to keep them nice and fresh. The minute you break that shell they start to go bad. Even in the fridge, they have the risk of going bad quickly. Personally I wouldn’t risk it, especially because prepping these while camping is so easy.

  10. Wonderful blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any ideas? Cheers!

    • Our friends over at Six Sister’s Stuff wrote a great e-book about starting your own blog, and they actually hold a conference each year about it. I would say that is a really great place to start!

  11. Hi! I think this is a great idea. I do have a question though… Do you need to hold on to the tops of the bags while they are boiling? Or can you just plop the whole thing in? or do they just sit with the top of the bag upright and out of the water? I was a little confused on that part. *also, I’ve written down several of your recipes, I believe… and they are great! thanks! :)

    • You don’t need to hold the bags… just check on them to make sure the bag tops don’t hang over the outer edge of the pot and melt.

      • If doing multiple bags you could clip the tops together with a clothespin and drape a skewer across the top of the pot to clip it to. Haven’t tried it yet but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

  12. Try it people!! We have been doing this for years!! When you have a big crowd it’s perfect!! We normally get a couple pots boiling so we can feed more people at once. It’s a great way to feed picky eaters; they can personalize their eggs. We use liquid egg versus actual eggs, just for the ease. 1/3 cup liquid egg is equal to 2 eggs.
    Happy cooking!!

  13. Can you make these in the microwave too? Curious if anyone has tried it that way. Almost sure I’ve heard of this same thing being done in the microwave.

  14. I love this recipe. I make it when I have groups staying overnight. Just before they all head to bed we do the assembly thing and I then store all the bags together (more or less standing up) in the pan I will use to boil them. First thing in the morning I add water to the pan and count the minutes from when the water actually begins to boil. As people drift into the kitchen they pull out “their” bag and eat. Tortillas make a nice addition … egg burritos!

  15. I have been making these for years also. I however, do not add the water. I had a “sleep-over” for my girlfriends 60th birthday for 9 women. We did these omelets in the morning with an overnight coffeecake and fruit. The omelets stole the show!!

  16. This is such an awesome idea! We tested it out over 4th of July weekend. The 1st attempt, we immediately got a hole in the bag & was able to quickly transfer it into a new one. They turned out awesome & we will be doing this every camping trip from here on out. Thank you for the great recipe!!!

    • Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment! Glad you liked the omelets– it is our go-to when we camp! Hope you had a happy 4th :)

  17. Just made these & they were delicious!!! The bags did not melt! They roll right out on the plate when they’re done…..love em!!!

    • Just made these for supper tonight…….WOW!! Super easy and super delicious!! Entire family loved them!! So glad I found this! Thank you!!!!

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