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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Your handy dandy Ziploc bag

So, some may be shocked when I share that my Grandmommy (yes, I still call her that, and it stems from a childhood incident where I couldn't say "Mimi" and went for the longer, higher syllable count of "Grandmommy," displaying a definitive character trait that I posses) is highly technologically advanced. While I was in college, she would get on instant messenger and chat with me. She emails and IM's with ease. Now I just need to set her up with a camera and we can video chat.

Anyway, it's been a while since I've blogged, and have many things brewing in my head that I want to write, but it seems that they don't often pass the filter test. That filter sometimes possessing the voice of my mother that encourages discretion; or exhorting me to not be one of those "naval gazers" that go on and on about themselves, myself and me!

So, while I figure out what to expound on next, here is a fun thing to do with those Ziploc bags that are innocently hanging out in your kitchen drawer just dying to accomplish something other than freezer-burn-free food storage of your meatloaf leftovers. This is from an email I received from my Grandmommy some time ago and have yet to try, but it looks great, and thought I would pass it along...

ZIPLOC OMELET

This is a great idea for when all your family is together. The best part is that no one has to wait for their special omelet.

Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker. (blogger side note: we should all have plenty of these as TSA has already re-purposed these some time ago and heaven forbid that a traveler should ever be without one and/or a liquid measuring more than 3 ounces.)

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, hash browns, salsa, etc.

Each guest adds prepared ingredients of choice to their bag , making sure to get the air out of the bag and zip it up.

Shake.

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 by cutting them open and the omelet will roll out easily.

Serve with fresh fruit and coffee cake.










5 Remarks:

Unemployed Military Spouse said...

Love This recipe I will try it this weekend..
And the best thing No mess!!!!!


Limaryhttp://unemployedmilitaryspouse.blogspot.com/

Lindsay Adams said...

Wow! I never thought of that. It's such a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa,

I stumbled across your blog awhile ago and thought it was probably time I said hello. I am living in Atlanta now too, and would love to catch up if you ever get a chance. My email is Kristenmase@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you.

Kristen Mase (Kristen Brown from high school)

Anonymous said...

Ziploc bags are NOT SAFE for cooking. They clearly say so on the box and the website. Toxins from the bag are released into your food when subjected to high temperatures such as boiling water.

http://camping.about.com/od/campingrecipes/a/ziplocbaggies.htm

Melissa Merkel said...

To my anonymous poster, I was not aware of any concerns and looked up what you were talking about. I have checked the boxes of several Ziploc, Hefty brand and Publix brand bags and the only warning is to not let children play with them for risk of suffocation. They also provide helpful microwave directions for cooking.

I read the website you listed, and while it is not the company website, it does share that further research needs to be done for the safety of using ziploc-type bags for cooking. Though the claim that the ingredients inside the bag could rise to a higher temperature than the water is a little suspect.

Thank you for sharing.