I dread the thought of yet another fast food burger and fries combo whenever I’m doing a long drive. I can just stop at a restaurant and sit down for an hour or so for some better food, but that would delay me even further. I don’t want to make a long drive even longer, so I suffered having to stuff my face with burgers and fries…until I found out I could cook a fresh, delicious omelettes in a bag; in the car, while I’m driving! That was a about a year ago and I’ve been enjoying some incredible omelettes on the road since.
What you will need
You might be wondering how it’s going to be possible to cook an omelette in the car AND do it while you’re driving. Sounds like a great way to run off the road and a quick way to meet your maker doesn’t it? Let me just say it’s completely safe and you won’t be subjecting yourself to dangerous, distracted driving (so long as you follow the instructions here).
You won’t be cooking the omelette and driving at the same time. What you will be doing is setting everything up and start the cooking process will you’re safely parked. This is possible because you’ll be using a portable slow cooker (one of the many amazing small appliances made just for cooking on the road) to cook the omelette while you drive.
The one I use is the Roadpro 12v slow cooker. It plugs right into the cigarette lighter socket in your car. This is the one item you will definitely need to have to be able to cook eggs in a bag while you’re driving. Don’t worry about spills because the cover closes tight and there are two ties to hold the lid down and prevent the lid from opening and spilling.
Apart from the portable slow cooker, you’ll need the following:
- Heavy duty Ziploc freezer bags
- Your choice of ingredients (ham, cheese, vegetables, etc.)
- Cooler with ice
Preparations to be made ahead of time
To make the process as painless as possible when you’re ready to cook that omelette in the car, you’ll want to do some preparations ahead of time. This is just a basic recipe and you should adjust it to your liking.
- Crack 2 eggs and pour them into a freezer bag.
- Throw a small pinch of salt into the bag. I don’t usually bother to measure because I’ve done this so many times, I kind of just have a feel for it. If you really must have a measurement, I’d start with about ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Add some black pepper to the bag.
- Add a small amount of milk to the omelette mixture in the bag. Two tablespoons should be all that you need. You can add more if you like your eggs a little lighter.
- Squeeze most of the air out of the bag and seal it.
- One the bag is securely sealed, squeeze the eggs until it’s well mixed.
- Keep the omelettes in a bag inside the fridge until you’re ready to hit the road.
If you’re thinking what happened to the ingredients, don’t worry. I didn’t forget about them. I like to keep my ham, cheese and vegetables in a separate bag, or a sealable container until I’m ready to start cooking. You can choose to just put them all in one bag if you choose, so that decision is really entirely up to you.
Keeping things cool
Remember that cooler and ice on that list earlier? I’m sure you kind of knew what they were for, but we need to go over this to make sure your handling your food safely. This is especially if you’re driving in hot weather. You’ll want to keep your uncooked food cool with lots of ice in a cooler that’s large enough to hold all of your stuff.
Keep your omelettes in bags in your fridge until you’re ready to hit the road. When you’re about to hit the road, just ice the omelette bags in the cooler.
How to make that delicious omelette
With everything prepared and safely stored, you’re ready to hit the road. Now, we’ll get to the actual instructions on how to cook the omelette, but this part is important. We are working with a slow cooker here, so don’t wait until you’re already hungry and starving to start cooking. It takes time to cook with a slow cooker, so you’ll want to plan ahead.
Ask yourself how often you get hungry? You’ll have to give the slow cooker at least an hour to two hours to cook the omelette for you, so you need to cook it ahead of time before you start getting hungry. This can be quite inconvenient sometimes, so what I like to do sometimes is I just start the cooking process before I hit the road. I set it the temp down a little and by the time I get hungry, the omelettes are cooked and ready to eat.
If you’re concerned about burning the omelette, don’t be. Just turn the heat down after an hour or two when the omelette is cooked. It will keep it warm until you’re ready to enjoy it.
Now then, let’s get to the cooking part.
- Place the omelette bag(s) into the slow cooker pan.
- Add enough water to cover most of the omelettes.
- Close the lid and secure it in place. I like to place to slow cooker on the floor on the passenger’s side (when I don’t have a passenger).
- Plug in the slow cooker and turn it on.
- Let it cook between one to two hours. Check on it after the first hour. Make sure you’re safely parked before you check it. Don’t do this while you’re driving. Not only will you spill water everywhere, you can get into an accident (which may result in some serious injuries if you’re lucky and death if you’re not).
- Once the omelettes are cooked, turn the heat down to keep it warm until you are ready to eat.
That’s really all there is to cooking a delicious omelettes in a bag while you’re driving on a long trip. Did you get a chance to try it out? Let me know how it went for you. Learned some tips that could help other readers out? Share it with us in the comments below.