Friday, August 19, 2011

The Art of Camp Cooking - Breakfast

This year on our camping trip we decided to go with simple, traditional camp cooking.  Our son introduced us to a breakfast we hadn't tried at camp before:  omelets in a bag (big shout out to his Scout leader!)  I was a bit skeptical, not really wanting to eat something with the consistency of powdered eggs, but this was a simple, savory breakfast with almost no clean-up.

Omelet in a bag - step one

First, prepare your omelet ingredients.We had diced ham, chopped chicken, onions, green peppers, cheese, and salt and pepper.  Everyone assembles their own customized ingredients into their individual quart-sized plastic freezer bag.

Add your eggs!

After you put in your ingredients, break an egg or two into your bag, and mash it up until the egg and all ingredients are mixed together.  (Don't get shell in your bag, unless you want your omelet to have extra crunch!)  Squeeze all the air you can out of the bag, seal the zip opening, and then put it in a pot of boiling water.  We boiled our water on a Coleman camp stove. Check your bag once in awhile, and swish it to other spots in the pot so that  it cooks evenly.  (Sorry, I didn't time how long this takes, but allow several minutes...the eggs are thicker cooking them this way).  You can cook several omelets at once.

Remove your cooked omelet from the bag.

When your eggs are the consistency you like, remove the bag, empty it on a plate, and enjoy your "breakfast burrito!"  These were very delicious, and I think we'll do these at home on the stove on those mornings when everyone wants an omelet at once.

Voila!  Omelet from a bag.

Breakfast is served!

I don't know what it was about this cooking method, but the flavors from the onions and peppers really permeated the omelet, and it was delicious!  Besides, everything tastes better outdoors.

If you are concerned about cooking in plastic bags, you may want to read up on it.  Here is one link that might be helpful.  I think the risk of a once-a-year bag omelet is worth it for the convenience and taste!


  1. These are so totally yummy. I'd cook them at home just for fun!

  2. Who knew they would turn out so well? I was pleasantly surprised!

  3. Actually, that is really bad for you. Boiling the plastic releases toxins into the food. Even the company Ziploc says not to do it.

    1. Thanks for your input, Carolyn. I know there are safety concerns with using plastics at high temperatures. We did use freezer bags, not regular bags, and they seem to tolerate heat just fine. Some people have suggested using roasting bags, since they are designed for cooking at high temperatures. I am including a link here where a chemical engineer informed a cub scout troop that the risks involved in boiling an occasional camp breakfast in a plastic bag are quite minimal. It is good to be aware of what you are ingesting, however!

  4. Well I just made this at home. 3 eggs mushroom, onion, tomato, cheese, lunch meat ham. Took 10 mn. Took it out at 7 mn. And was not done. Flavor was wonderful. Texture was fabulous. Definitely will be making at the camper put some nursery in it. Chop ingredients at home put eggs in buggies before leaving for camping. In the am just yours all into vague and cook. No dishes. Wala