There's quite a bit of info available on the internet about the possible dangers of this cooking method since plastic leaches chemicals at high heat levels, and these bags were not made for boiling. Even the manufacturer cautions against it. Just do a google search for "bag omelet leach." I am no expert myself, but I hope the readers will do a little research and make an informed decision for themselves.
The Ziploc company, SC Johnson, does not reccomend this cooking technique using thier products. Please research this cooking style prior to using to make an informed decision.
Polyphenols are naturally occurring anti-oxidants typically found in all plants and are generally regarded as extremely healthful and thought to decrease the risk of many cancers. It is sometimes so humorous when those of the public with virtually no chemical training seem to think anything with a chemical name is automatically harmful. That, and the fact there are virtually NO polyphenols present in polyethylene bags. Don't jump from the frying pan into the fire!
Everyone, the purpose of this site is not to debate the tools, but the recipe. However, to dispell the rumors, there is no warning on the Zip loc or SC Johnson site regarding heating their bags. Nor has there ever been. In fact most of them state they are microwave safe. As a chemist, I can tell you there are far more things for you to worry yourselves with every day than that. [You would be shocked to know the carcinogens you inhale on your drive to work each day]. So just make your little eggs and enjoy. As for the recipe, thank you Susan, it worked like a charm! How great that you can serve 6 people exactly what they want at the same time! We will be using this idea from now on when our whole family of 12-14 get together. Yay!
My parents had a house full, so my mom made these. She cut up all the veggies, bacon, ham, sausage the day before. Everyone put what they wanted in their bag (labeled with their name) and Mom cooked them. Everyone ended up with thier perfect omelet at the same time.
We make these all the time when we go to the cabin (that has no electricity). We boil the pot of water over the campfire and "presto"... breakfast is served! I just take along baggies full of chopped up, sauteed veggies & pre-cooked meats (its easier to do this at home, before we leave to go camping), then everyone can just grab a handful of their favorite ingredients. (This is great also for the fact that the grandkids are quite fussy)!
I say to the plastic baggie worry-warts... "You only live once! If a plastic bag is gonna be my demise, then so be it!"
Whats with the water. NO, NO, NO. You do not need the pan and water. Just put every thing in the bag and put in the Micro. This is done in less than 1 1/2 minits. I have done this for years and it has never let me down. Whats this ten minite thing. Its a mico not your grandmothers stove.
This actually works great! My FIL did it one day and we all were totally shocked how perfectly the omelets were cooked and how good they are. You have got to try it one morning for something fun to do. Everyone can build their own. We only use Ziplocks too, the small freezer bags. Great fun for a family!
I'v made these for a long time. I was taught how to make these in scout training and have taught girl scouts how to do this. Do not use cheap plastic bags as they will bust open. I only use the ziplock brand.
My son's Boy Scout troop makes these all the time on camp outs! The boys love it, its quick and everyone gets what they want. Stop fretting about the plastic! Have some fun! Sometimes too much info is a bad thing.