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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 requires little preparation.
Thoughts About the Packaging and Size
- 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, potatoes), 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.
- Another thing I liked about the package was that it 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 vary, so follow their instructions!
Preparation: Just Add an Egg
- 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, and ]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.
Just Crack an Egg Flavors
- 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 possible 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 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 Review
- 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 plainest 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.
Questions & Answers
Question: How long does a "Just Crack an Egg" last in the fridge past sell-by date?
Answer: I would toss it after the date, since it's an expiration date and not a sell-by date.
Unless you are talking about eggs. If you want to test whether or not your eggs are fresh or spoiled, put them in a bucket of water. If they sink, they're fresh. If they float halfway, they're still pretty good. If they float all the way, then they are old, and you should toss them soon.
Question: I just noticed the "Just Crack An Egg" package says, “keep refrigerated." We hadn’t noticed that and so just used one from the shelf. I'm still alive, but should I be concerned?
Answer: If you feel all right, then I wouldn't worry about it. Just don't do it again. Make sure to keep it refrigerated in the future.
Question: I would like to know if the nutritional info on the "Just Crack an Egg" package includes the egg?
Answer: It doesn't. You'll have to add all the nutritional information of the egg to the numbers as well.
Question: Can I eat a "Just Crack an Egg" after it was out of the refrigerator overnight?
Answer: I wouldn't recommend doing this. You could get food poisoning and that can lead to hospitalization.
Question: How long can you use a "Just Crack an Egg" past the expiration date?
Answer: I would not use it after the expiration date.
Question: Does "Just Crack An Egg" have to be refrigerated before and after it is cooked?
Answer: Yes, before it is cooked. Only refrigerate it after it is cooked if you don't finish eating it and want to save leftovers to eat later.
Question: I left my "Just Crack an Egg" out on the counter for 22 hours. Is it still safe to eat?
Answer: No. You should toss it out.
Dave on August 23, 2020:
Why nothing on if the packaging is microwavable safe (plastic chemical leaching)?
Kristopher Walker on August 11, 2020:
What if I don't add the egg? Can it be cooked/eaten without it? I know that kind of goes against the whole point of the product but will it still be edible without an egg? Just curious...
NancyJ49 on July 24, 2020:
All I can say about these is yuck and it was totally tasteless. Didn't
taste like egg at all, just sort of a sweet nothing taste. One and done for me. Gross. (Ultimate Scramble) My husband said he thought they were OK but wouldn't them buy again.
Randy in SFV on July 10, 2020:
The Veggie Scramble is the best tasting version yet. Which is great if you're trying to cut back on (or don't eat) pork or beef. I've loved these bowls since they came out, and I do usually make them with two eggs. Unfortunately it is very hard to find a good mix of all the flavors in the egg section of most supermarkets. And the Veggie Scramble is the hardest to find of all of em. But I'll keep searching!
Fin from Barstow on June 09, 2020:
Well done. I did one on the same product and feel basically the same way you did, especially about the potatoes.
Will check out some more of your food reviews.
data flows from LEEDS, UK. on April 25, 2020:
Has anyone thought of the time saver that beats this wonder product?
You don't have to worry about not liking some of the contents, it cooks in minutes, you can vary your portion size to suit, and you can even use leftovers to taste.
It's called making an omelette.
Janet on February 14, 2020:
I just used one of the crack an egg 3&1/2 weeks past the date on the package. I thought it was a sell by date. I used 3 others past the date also, previous to this one but I don’t remember how long after. Hope I don’t get sick. It tasted fine.
Felicia on January 12, 2020:
Is the container free of chemicals? I know there are some plastics that when microwaved have dangerous chemicals in them which get into the food. Please let me know, my daughter had a lung transplant so we need to be careful. Please let me know. Thank you
Carolina on July 11, 2019:
Can it be frozen
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on June 20, 2019:
Okay, I finally got a reply from :"Just Crack An Egg" about gluten content by contacting them on twitter and this is what they said:
"Gluten content can almost always be determined from the label, and the most accurate information can be found by checking the ingredient list on our packages. For labeling purposes, Kraft products list all sources of gluten, including gluten-containing grains.
We do not guarantee that our products are gluten-free because we sometimes purchase flavoring, color or spice ingredients from suppliers who do not list every possible source of gluten beyond what is required by law.:"
Amy on June 09, 2019:
Is it gluten free?
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on May 27, 2019:
You can still use the product. As you see from my pictures, the cheese is in a separate package from the rest of the ingredients, so just use the other ingredients and throw the cheese part away.
No more CHEESE!!!!! on May 27, 2019:
My grandma and I do not like cheese whatsoever and we want this product SO badly but it has CHEESE!!!
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on January 16, 2019:
PAM - Thanks for sharing your story. That badly sealed package had definitely gone bad. It's not supposed to look that way. I am glad you threw it away.
PAM on January 15, 2019:
Just opened an ALL AMERICAN SCRAMBLE. Sounds like a great idea. When I opened it the cup was wet inside. I removed the packets and there was a small amount of slightly pink-tinged liquid on the bottom. It had a mild odor. Decided not to use it. A closer look found that a small section of the potato packet had been improperly sealed. Not pleased with this discovery although, with so much automation in our lives, I can see how it could happen. If you find that the container is wet when you open it you might want to discard it.
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on January 07, 2019:
Darrylford913: If you want to, sure! All the meat and veggies are already cooked and everything, so they'd be really really quick and easy to make in the skillet.
Darrylford913 on January 05, 2019:
'can they be done in a skillet?
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on January 04, 2019:
I think you have to add the egg to it as well.
Amy on January 04, 2019:
Does the nutritional information include the egg as well or do I have to add that to the calorie intake?
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on October 23, 2018:
Patti - I would throw them away. The other ingredients MIGHT be okay, but the meat is almost definitely bad by now. They recommend you refrigerating on the packages.
Patti Fauver on October 20, 2018:
I have two boxes that have been out of fridge 3 days are they bad now?
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on September 22, 2018:
Kathy: If you look at the pictures in my article, they package the meat seperately. You can throw that packet away and still eat the omelet without the meat if you want. You can have any of them that way.
Kathy on September 22, 2018:
Why not have one without meat. I don't like bacon, ham, etc.
Laurie on August 22, 2018:
Thanks for posting. I've been curious about these and wondered if I could just make up a few homemade batches on a Sunday and pop them in the fridge for weekday breakfasts. I think I'll try that with microwave safe plastic containers.
Fin from Barstow on July 16, 2018:
Well I have been very curious about these myself and will probably give them a try. I like bacon so the American one will probably be one of the first.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 26, 2018:
too bad this package meal isn't sold in Malaysia market yet