Taste Test: Ore Ida Just Crack An Egg

Ore Ida is here to solve our relationship with breakfast.

“We made Ore Ida’s Just Crack an Egg because we noticed the world’s relationship with breakfast was, well, a bit strained. We shouldn’t have to choose between a hot, homemade breakfast and a fast, bland, cold one,” their website says.

I used to scoff at microwaved eggs until I found myself trying to cook eggs at 5:30 a.m. Of course cooking eggs in a pan tastes better. But I found that I didn’t really want to mess around with egg shells and hot pans early in the morning before running to my bus.

Microwaved eggs were good enough. Maybe even luxurious, because they were a warm breakfast.

I’ve side-eyed Just Crack An Egg bowls at the grocery store for a long time. Call it morbid curiosity. The three little words, “Just crack an egg,” the convenience, the tidy little package. . .

On my last grocery trip, I bought one – each costs around $2.50 -$2.99 at our local grocery stores (less at Walmart).

I chose the Denver Scramble flavor. I figured sausage can go in worse directions than ham, which usually tastes like, well, ham. There is one vegetarian option.

The cup contains a packet of ham, a packet of cheese, and a packet of the vegetables (onions, peppers, and potatoes). At first I felt underwhelmed, but without an egg, I’m not sure what I was expecting to find inside.

I’m glad they write on the pack of vegetables that there’s supposed to be liquid which is necessary for the cooking process – at first glance, it looked slimy and bad.

The shelf life on the product is surprisingly long – I think it extended into April. 

To prepare, empty the packets into the cup and just crack an egg. The instructions say to add an egg, but the cooking times indicate that you could add two eggs – there is certainly room.

Stir, microwave for 40 seconds, stir, and heat for another 30 seconds (or so). You will end up with this!

The Taste Test: It tastes like an egg with stuff in it. There is plenty of gooey cheese and ham. I didn’t taste much onion. You will need to add salt, pepper and hot sauce to give it more flavor. What I did not like was the slightly sour flavor I’m guessing comes from the veggie packet or preserving components like citric acid.

All in all, far from offensive, but not compelling. I love the concept and the convenience of the self-contained cup, but for the price, I’d be more satisfied with the flavor of microwaving an egg with cheese and/or whatever else I may have in my fridge + a good piece of toast.

3 Comments

  1. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

    I’ve always wondered about those. Do you have a Tupperware Breakfast Maker? That might be something to check into as you continue to experiment with microwave eggs.

  2. Will @ Road Tips

    I’ve seen the commercials for both the Ore-Ida and the Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls and been skeptical about microwaving eggs. I have always wanted to try them, however, I’ve never been able to find them in our local Hy-Vee’s. Then again, I haven’t gone out of my way to hunt them down, either.

  3. katie

    When i first graduated I made eggs in the work microwave for breakfast quite a bit. I’m sure my coworkers thought it was weird, but i was a secretary in a wholesale lumber office, so pretty much everything was weird.

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