My Food Review: Just Crack an Egg
What is "Just Crack An Egg"?
Just Crack An Egg is a product sold by Ore Ida that must be kept in the refrigerator. It's supposed to be a quick and easy way to make omelets. All you have to do is add an egg (hence, the name), microwave it and you're done. I knew I had to try it and see if it was truly as amazing as it sounded. I love delicious food, especially when it has a low maintenance preparation.
First of all, the portion sizes are very small. If you're having it for breakfast, you're probably going to want to either eat two of them or have something else on the side, like fruit, oatmeal, or toast. This shouldn't be surprising though, since the recipe does only call for one egg to be added, although it does have directions for adding two eggs if you'd like.
It's also not very portable. You'd think something like this would be. Most workplaces have a microwave that you can heat it up with and maybe a refrigerator to store it in, but the problem comes in with the egg. You need an uncooked egg to go with it and those break so easily that they aren't very portable. Perhaps if you crack the egg ahead of time and put it in a separate container and make sure to bring eating utensils, then you would be fine.
One thing I do like about the packaging is that the cheese, vegetables (peppers, onions & potatos), and meat are all kept in separate packaging. That way if you have certain diet restrictions, you can leave certain things out. Like if you are a vegetarian, don't add the meat or if you are low carb, don't add the potato/vegetable mixture.
For some reason, I thought the packaging would be all weird and the food might be dehydrated, but it wasn't. The meat and cheese in fact looked fairly appetizing, like I could eat them cold, right out of the packages, The vegetables were a little gross and watery looking, but they taste just fine after being heated up.
Here's what it looks like when you open it up. I don't know why, but I find the packaging adorable.
Here are the different packages separated.
More On Packaging
Another thing I liked was the package was able to absorb a lot of the heat. They tell you to be careful when handling it out of the microwave and you do need to be careful, but I found myself able to carry it without a potholder, even though it warmed my hands up quite a lot. Your mileage may very, so follow their instructions!
Preparation was super easy, almost as easy as making a TV Dinner. The packages were easy to open. It took minimal pulling. You just pour everything into the same container, stir it around. Heat it up very briefly (it cooks faster than anything else I've seen cook in the microwave.) Stir it some more and you're ready to eat in under five minutes.
Cracking the egg was the hardest part.
I purchased the Denver Scramble, the All American Scramble, and the Ultimate Scramble. I wasn't able to get the Rustic Scramble unfortunately, but I've linked to a video at the bottom of the article that shows a man preparing, eating, and reviewing the Rustic Scramble in case you are interested.
The part that amazed me was that none of them needed flavoring of any kind. Hot sauce might have been nice, but we didn't have any and I found I didn't need it at all to be interested in what I was eating. My husband disagreed. He added salt and pepper to his bites and enjoyed it much better that way.
The thing we both agreed on was that the whole thing was pretty dry. Not unbearably dry, but drier than most omelettes are. He and I both recommend adding a little milk if you have it before you microwave it to hopefully add a little moisture to it. We didn't try this ourselves, but think it might be a good idea.
This is likely why they tell you on the packaging to make sure not to overcook it, since overcooking would likely make it very dry.
I could taste all the ingredients in all three of the packages, but the meat flavor was usually the strongest flavor, followed by the peppers and eggs.
I also wish the potatoes were crisper, more like hash browns, rather than mushier, more like mashed potatoes, but they didn't taste bad. It was just the texture that I wasn't a big fan of.
The Denver Scramble
This was actually my least favorite of the three. I thought it tasted bland. My husband thought it was flavorful. Both sausage and bacon in the other two cups are very flavorful and add a lot of flavor to things, but this is just plain ham. With the dryness of the eggs and the plainness of the ham, I don't see myself eating this again.
The meat seems to be the thing that makes or breaks each cup because the vegetables and cheese mostly remains the same in all three.
The All American Scramble
This one has only potatoes, bacon, and cheese in it, so if you hate peppers and onions, it will probably be the one you gravitate towards.
The bacon was very flavorful and was higher quality bacon than I was expecting, but the taste was almost too powerful. It overpowered the flavor of everything else for me. I think some people might like that, but personally, it wasn't my thing.
The Ultimate Scramble
This scramble was my favorite. This might be partly because whenever I make onelettes, I usually add sausage to them more than anything else. My husband thought this one was the most plain one, but I felt differently. I thought it was very flavorful, just the right amount of flavor. The sausage wasn't overpoweringly intense like it was with the bacon one, but the meat wasn't plain like the ham one. Mind you, my husband might have thought this was the plain one because he tasted the other two with salt and pepper on them and this one without.