Written By: Amanda Abplanalp
You know those different hacks you see on social media for camping or traveling? I’ve always wondered if they actually work, so I’ve made it my mission to try them out and see if they work, so you don’t have to.
My first mission: Omelets in a bag
Over Memorial Day weekend, I tried my first hack. The idea was you take a two-gallon heavy-duty freezer bag and you put the eggs and any other omelet ingredients you want in it. Then when its time for breakfast, you would boil the water and let the omelets cook in the boiling water. I admit I was skeptical for this one mainly because I wasn’t sure how you keep the bag from melting onto the food but I was eager to try it since it sounded like it would end up being an easy and low maintenance meal.
Before we left for our camping trip, I went ahead and prepped the bags. I decided to put in spinach, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and goat cheese, and of course the eggs that I had to whisk before. I used three eggs in each bag and also added a little Cajun seasoning for some added flavor. Once all the ingredients were in the freezer bags, I made sure to double bag them in case of spillage.
I decided to try to omelets the first morning of our trip. So that morning we set up a pot to boil on our portable grill. It took quite a long time tor the pot to finally come to a boil, but once it did I popped the first bag into the water. It was hard to tell how well it was being cooked, but about 12 or so minutes later I took the bag out to check. It was hard to tell because of all the moisture in the bag, but we tried in nonetheless and it turned out to be delicious.
Overall I would say this was a very easy meal that can be done in a pretty short amount of time. The longest part was waiting for the water to boil and only being able to cook one at a time. I would suggest bringing a bigger pot so you can fit in however many bags you’re going to cook at one time.
Also, you will need to pay attention while cooking since you CAN melt the bag. I ended up melting the top of one of the bags, but saw it soon enough so that it didn’t ruin the food. You either need to hold the tops of the bags so they don’t touch the edge of the pot or you could try to rig something so it held the bags for you.