Going on a camping trip, but don’t want to deal with excess clean-up?
Being in the great outdoors, there isn’t much in the way of gourmet cuisine available to you, so usually campers are stuck with eating straight out of tins or cooking simple canned foods such as beans for their quick hunger buster, but the trouble is it creates so much extra time and hassle in cleaning out pots and pans.
Well, to add a bit of variety to your outdoorsy menu, allow us to introduce to you: the omelette in a bag!
Omelette In A Bag: Benefits & Preparation
There are great benefits of bringing omelette supplies with you on a camping trip.
- They’re small and compressed, meaning they won’t take up precious space inside your rucksack.
- They’re a good source of protein.
- They only require simple ingredients and are highly customizable to each individual taste.
- They’re easy to clean up once you’re finished!
With this bagged omelette recipe, all of the preparation is done beforehand. However, once you've made them you'll need to store them somewhere safe to carry during your trip. We also recommend using heavy duty freezer bags to prevent them rupturing under pressure, should any excess weight accidentally shift onto your omelette bags inside your camping backpack.
Omelette In A Bag: Recipe
There’s loads of variety available to you with omelettes. You could add chopped peppers or onions, or even keep it simple with just plain old cheese! For the sake of this article, we’re going to make a nice and easy ham & cheese omelette. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare them:
- 2 Eggs
- 10g of Shredded Cheese
- Chopped Ham
- Salt (Optional)
- Pepper (Optional)
- 1 Resealable Freezer Bag
- Open the freezer bag and crack two eggs into it. (This may be easier to place the bag inside a deep jug, to hold the opening steadily open)
- Once your two eggs are inside the bag, squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag, seal it, then squeeze the eggs until they’re runny and beaten.
- Reopen the bag. Add your cheese, ham and (optional) a sprinkle of salt & pepper.
- Now squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag, and seal the bag shut.
Note: If you’re preparing various types of omelette for your family or friends, use a marker pen to write their name on the outside of the bag. That way it’ll be easy to identify when you’re ready for them at the campsite.
Cooking Your Omelette In A Bag
In order to cook your omelettes, here’s what you’ll need:
- Cooking Utensils
- Campfire Pan
- Campfire / Stove
- Fill your pan with water and bring it to boiling point.
- Place your omelette bag into the pan.
- Leave them to cook for roughly 9 - 10 minutes, until the mixture is no longer runny.
- Use a pair of tongs to safely remove the bag from the pan and onto a plate, gently shaking off any excess water around the top of the bag.
- Carefully open the top of the omelette bag (you can use a pair of scissors if necessary) and slide the omelette onto your plate.
There you have it! Your omelette is now ready to be enjoyed; a tasty campsite dish that requires minimal cleanup.
Is It Safe To Cook An Omelette In A Bag?
A common safety concern when making an omelette in a bag is whether it’s safe to boil eggs (or anything, for that matter) inside a plastic bag due to the toxins in the plastic. The quality of the bag and the type of plastic it’s made from play a big role in this, however the melting point and point in which chemicals would actually start to be released from the plastic is way beyond the temperature you’ll be using to cook the omelette.
Looking for more camping culinary advice? Check out the rest of our camping recipes: