Eggs in the Bag

Eggs in the Bag
I think the Girl Scouts started this one. At least they are aware of it somehow. I’ve done it on several boat trips and I’ve been asked to post it here. I learned about it years ago from some sailing article. It is kinda neat.

This is cooking your scrambled eggs in a Ziploc bag that you put in boiling water. Try this at home first. It works really well on the boat.

Put whatever you like in your omelets in the Ziploc then break two eggs into the bag. Squeeze the air out and zip it closed. Now scramble the eggs in the bag from the outside. Put the bags in the boiling water for 13 minutes. Take it out and open the bag and a beautiful omelet will roll right out.

If you have a big crowd you can write their names on the bags, and set up a buffet of bacon, ham, sausage, onion, green peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and whatever else you might like in an omelet. Have them put whatever they like in their bags, then drop the eggs in at breakfast time.
What’s nice about this on the boat is that there is no cleanup. You end up with a pot of clean hot water, which you can now use to wash up anything else from breakfast.


  • Galen

    Cool. No dirty pan to clean and I suspect you could use ocean water and save your fresh water.

  • If you did not know, fresh eggs can be stored for several months without refrigeration. Very handy for cruisers with limited refer storage.
    We stacked 12 dozen for an Atlantic crossing with 5 people aboard. After purchase, hand apply Vaseline to the eggs, put back in the carton and into a storage cabinet. Use as needed. The egg shells are sealed and are naturally stored. I only recall one bad egg on the trip. Must have missed a spot with the vasaline .

    • A less messy method is to simply rotate the carton of eggs about every three days. Just flip them over. I have never needed to store eggs for several Months and my guess is that you were out no more than 20-30 days at sea. I know the rotating method works for at least a month, or a month and a half. I have never sailed anywhere where you couldn’t buy farm fresh eggs so I would not need to store them for any longer than my next stop. I could see the need for longer storage if I was going across the Indian Ocean perhaps.

      What you do need to have is egg cartons. Most third world countries you might sail to do not supply these, so you need something to keep and to transport you eggs.

      I might write something up about what all you do not need to refrigerate. For instance, we do not refrigerate mayonnaise.


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