Next to drug dealers, North American kitchens are probably the biggest users of smallish, sealable plastic bags.

There are a variety of sizes and brands, but Ziploc is probably the best all-round choice. Not only can you freeze things in them, but if you’re careful there is at least one dish you can cook in them.

Most people enjoy a nice omelette, but the clean up afterwards can be a bit much, with gooey egg in the mixing bowl and crusted egg on the fry-pan. By using a Ziploc bag, the mess before and after cooking it can be recycled.

Ziploc omelettes were a wonderful discovery because they can be made to suit various tastes. Kids can make their own with no mess.

After dicing onions, peppers, cheese, zucchini, ham, tomato, fried potatoes or whatever else the group wants, these ingredients can be put in bowls or in piles on the cutting board.

For each person, one – or a maximum of two – eggs are broken into the medium Ziploc and kneaded or shaken to combine them. A small amount of milk may be added, with salt and pepper to taste. Then each person takes charge and adds their choices of the above-noted veggies, meats, and cheese.

Squeeze the air out of the baggie and seal the bag by using the zipper sealer. Youngsters might need their bags to be checked to be sure they have been completely sealed.

By this time, a fairly large pot of water should be at a rolling boil. Place the sealed bags gently into the pot of water. It is easier and safer over a campfire, because the boiling pot is at a lower and more accessible level than on top of a stove.

In a large pot, as many as eight separate omelettes can be cooked at once. If you need more meals, just boil a second pot of water. You might have to experiment a bit, but 12-13 minutes is the typical time for complete cooking. Take one out and check to see if it’s done.

Lift the egg filled bags from the water and place them on individual plates. Open the bags carefully and slide the contents onto the plate, beside or on top of toast. A couple of bright red tomato slices on the side will finish off the dish. Remember, presentation is half the battle.

Those who have never seen this dish prepared will be surprised, and there will be offers aplenty to do the dishes because there really aren’t any to do.

Editorial note: It has come to our attention that Zip-loc does not recommend boiling their bags. Visit the link below for more information.

http://m.ziploc.com/faqs.html#faqs-safety