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Scout Omelets In Bag October 12, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,Omelet6

I learned an excellent way to make omelets a few years ago at Baloo training. These are easy to make and would be great for your next campout. They create very little mess, and although aren’t the greatest looking omelets, they taste wonderful and are easy to make! Plus, you can make several at a time, so your Scouts won’t go hungry.

Here’s the equipment you need:

  • 1 to 2 large stock pot(s), depending on the number of omelets you will make (a large pot can make around half a dozen of these bagged omelets)
  • Tongs
  • Ziplock Heavy Duty quart-size freezer bags (must be Heavy Duty)
  • A sharpie (to write the scout’s name on the bag)

Here’s some optional equipment:

  • A lid for the stock pot (to bring water to a boil faster; you won’t us a lid while cooking the omelets)
  • Scissors to cut open the bag (the omelets roll out fairly easy, but cutting the bag when done gets them out faster).Omelet1

Here are the ingredients:

  • Two eggs per omelet
  • Salt and pepper
  • Whatever fixings you like in an omelet

First, have each Scout write his name on his bag. Then they crack Omelet2two eggs in the bag and kneed the bag to break up the yokes and mix the eggs. Then they place whatever ingredients they like in an omelet (I’m partial to crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese). Don’t forget the salt and pepper!  Then they mix the ingredients and then squeeze the air out and close the bag (I like to keep the mixture at the bottom of the bag and roll the bag up as I close it).Omelet3

 

 

Next, place the bag in a pot of boiling water. You can place several bags in the pot, depending on its size (you just want to make sure that there is some room for them to float free). When I Omelet4make mine, I don’t like the Ziplock bag to touch the sides too long, so I rotate and move it around. Plus, I don’t like the top of the bag to be in water, so I like to keep the zipper part out (you will see in my picture that I folded the zipper on the omelet, which floats after about a minute while cooking. You can do that if you have one or two omelets in the pan. If you have a lot of omelets, then you won’t have the issue of the zipper getting in the water).Omelet5

Boil the omelet(s) for 13 minutes, rotating them around the pot to keep the bags from touching the sides of the pot, and to let the omelet cook evenly.

Using the tongs, take the bags out and set them aside. They cool down quickly, and they will roll out of the bag on to the plate when cooked evenly. You can eat it as is, or add any toppings you like. I like to top mine with my wife’s awesome salsa!

Another great thing, other than how easy they are to make, is that you can do some of the prep ahead of time, before the campout. You can fry up the bacon, cut the ham, or prepare whatever you want at home before you leave. Then you just have to place the fixings in the bag and put them in the water!

A note about bacon – although unhealthy, so many of us like bacon.Bacon1 The boys in my second den were bacon-lovers. It didn’t matter what we had for breakfast, as long as we had bacon! Bacon can be fried at the campground, but for something like this it’s easy to fry at home before the campout. When I did this, I’d fry it, pat the slices dry with paper towels, then put two slices in a sandwich bag. It’s easy to crumble in a sandwich bag and it’s pre-measured – just grab a sandwich bag and you are guaranteed two slices of bacon!

Finally, make sure you know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions your boys may have. You don’t want to get to the campout and find out that someone is allergic to eggs or is a vegetarian (both of which I’ve seen in Scouts). Know ahead of time so someone doesn’t get to the campout and aren’t able to eat breakfast.

Cooking with your Cubs is such an important part of the program, as I’ve blogged about here. You can teach them to cook in den meetings, and when they are Webelos you can take them and their parents out camping and teach them to cook in the outdoors. Consider adding a Ziplock bag omelet to your meal plan – it’s easy to make and tastes great! And the cleanup is a breeze.

Writing this has made me hungry! I’m off to make a gruyere cheese, bacon, and mushroom omelet in a bag.

Enjoy!

In Scouting,

 – Scouter Jeff <><

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1. Scoutmaster Shawn - October 12, 2009

I love omelets in a bag…

On the downside, our council has put a disclaimer that Omelets in a Bag should not be made, however easy and enjoyable. The manufacturers of some bags state that boiling the bags may induce toxins into the food, and that another manufacturer has stated that their bags are not made for boiling…

Kinda stinks, as I have done this for a while…

2. thetrainerscorner - October 12, 2009

Thanks for the note, Shawn. Everyone can check and make sure there are no restrictions on this. There are currently no restrictions on this in our council, but you never know what our overly-cautious society will bring from day to day.

I did a little research and the opinion on any toxicity is divided. So it’s the leader’s call whether to make these or not. Some may want to be extra cautious and not do this, and some may think that once in a while is a very low risk, if any risk at all.

But it’s good to think about these issues!

3. Emily - October 19, 2009

we did that at a camp it is fun! hope people have fun making it as well!

4. Kevin Devin - November 4, 2009

What about vacuum seal bags? Not sure if this might be something that could be mixed up prior, chilled, then boiled when needed. Of course, you’d only want to seal the bags — not use the vacuum.

5. thetrainerscorner - November 4, 2009

Good point! It would be interesting if they would work. Don’t they also make bags specifically for baking? Those might work, too.

Personally for me, I’m not worried about it. I’m sticking with the quart-size freezer bags. I just can’t believe a couple of these omelets a year would cause harm. But that’s just me :-D


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