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Pampered Chef: Prep Bowls - neat tip

  1. Chef Kearns

    Chef Kearns Legacy Member Gold Member

    I learned this tip last week at a meeting. I was floored!! Did you know you can make a 1 egg omelet in a prep bowl? Yup!!

    1 egg
    smidge of cheese
    smiidge of meat (or other omelet filling)

    You don't want to fill it too much because it will overflow. You may want to spritz the inside for a clean release. Beat the egg then add the cheese and filling. Mix 'til all filling is covered with egg. Pop in microwave for 1 minute. Flip out and ENJOY!!

    I taught my boys (ages 7 and 8) how to make this the next morning and they LOVE it!! They love being able to make their own hot breakfast!! On Saturdays and/or Sundays (my husband and I get 1 sleep in day on the weekend) the kids can make this and do one for their sister (age 2). To make it extra filling for them they toast some bread.

    I cannot wait to share this additional tip at my upcoming shows!! Try it out guys!! Do you all have any other Prep Bowl tips? I share making a cake in them (catapillar and doll), using them to dye eggs at Easter time, and the traditional usage of prepping food at my parties.
    Feb 6, 2006
  2. cat

    cat Veteran Member Gold Member

    That's great! Thanks for posting the recipe! I think I will try it this weekend!

    I also make individual servings of jello or pudding for the kids. I can cover and leave them in the fridge for a cool treat!
    Feb 6, 2006
  3. Swirl

    Swirl Member

    That is amazing and I would have never thought of it. My grandmother use to have the old egg poucher that you would do on the stove top with water and then she had one you just put in the microwave. I remember when we were younger it was always a treat to go to Granny's and micro our eggs. I'll have to let her know about this little trick. Thanks so much for posting, took me down memory lane. :rolleyes:
    Feb 6, 2006
  4. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

    The one egg omelet trick was listed in either the Weekly Bites or Consultant Newsletter when the prep bowls first hit the product line last year. I thought it was a cool concept, but I don't eat eggs so have not tried it.
    Feb 6, 2006
  5. kitty

    kitty Guest

    I have a micro-egg poacher, too.
    The directions on it are (roughly, as I haven't used it in a while)

    Grease inside of poacher.
    Add 1 tsp water.
    Crack 1 egg into poacher.
    Pierce yolk and white with a toothpick.
    Microwave 1-2 minutes (depending on how runny you like your eggs)

    I don't have a prep bowl, so if anyone tries this out, let us know if it works for poaching as well.
    Feb 7, 2006
  6. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    That's awesome!

    The Prep Bowls are also great for snipping fresh herbs with the Kitchen Shears.

    Snap off a couple springs, put them in the prep bowl, and then point your shears into the bowl and snip snip snip!

    I did this yesterday when testing out two of the new Cucina Italiana recipes and it worked perfectly! No more parsley all over the cutting board!
    Feb 7, 2006
  7. pcjulie

    pcjulie Member

    Brownie Sundaes

    A guest at one of my shows gave me this idea, although I haven't tried it yet. I think she got the idea at another type of show that sold dishes like the prep bowls. Anyway, she said to put about 1/3 cup or so brownie batter in the prep bowl and microwave 1 minute. Top it with ice cream and choco. syrup for a brownie sundae!

    Julie Myers
    Denver, PA
    Feb 7, 2006
  8. ange13

    ange13 Member

    My father in law is diabetic and we have to watch his diet pretty close, so I always make reference to that because it is easy to measure 1 cup of fruit, etc. Then he can't argue with me about the portion size, cuz it's right there!!!! I guess you could use it for diets too?

    These are probably one of my top 5 products, I absolutely love them! Have 2 sets. Oh, I also use them to melt butter for my crab legs! perfect size. and leftovers, and you could go on and on!!!!!! :)

    Feb 7, 2006
  9. I am kicking myself after hearing all of these great ideas. I had a set from my SS 3 month and thought "I'll never use these". I gave them to my sister because she likes to pre portion her food. UGH!
  10. rwesterpchef

    rwesterpchef Advanced Member

    Prep Bowls

    :eek: OOOOOH, I can't believe that! I use them lots for my shows because I can prepare the time consuming stuff in advance. If a recipe calls for a large quantity of cheese, or both Parmesan and Mozzarella, I always have some of it pre-grated in the container and discuss how they've already seen me use the grater and figure they only want to watch me grate so much cheese. It gives me a chance to talk about the prep bowls and their baking ability.
    I always mention how we have the Daddy bowl (Classic discussed earlier in demo), the Momma bowl (Small BB) and how they got together and had sextuplets, then introduce the prep bowls and how they have the same great features as their parents.
  11. I know, I KNEW I should've given her my cookie press instead!
  12. Rita - I love the way you describe the bowls! That is absolutely adorable...never thought of it that way. Thanks for a great idea!
    Feb 7, 2006
  13. Trish1953

    Trish1953 Member Silver Member

    Love the Daddy "Bear" (Bowl), Mama "Bear" and Baby "Bear" comparisons. Has anyone thought of using bowls to actually make a bear (as in cake). If so how would you go about it? The small bowls are good for custards and things like that. However, my husband, a chef, loves them for getting all his ingredients measured. And, they're a perfect size for snacks for the grandkids.
    Feb 8, 2006
  14. luvs2sellit

    luvs2sellit Advanced Member

    I love all these ideas.One of the things I do at my shows with the prep bowls is I put some dried parsley in one and then cut up some fresh parsley. I then pass the dried around and tell everyone to smell it. Then pass the fresh. Big difference. Everyone oohs and ahhs at how much better the fresh smells. Then I will chop up the parsley with either the chopper, kitchen shears, crinkle cutter etc just to show them how easy it is to prepare fresh food. Just trying to show them that is not much harder to chop some fresh parsley up and have a much better taste.
    Feb 8, 2006
  15. pchefinski

    pchefinski Advanced Member

    These are great for decorating cookies (think Christmas time!)... A few colors of frosting, mixed in their own little bowl, then put sprinkles, colored sugars, candies, etc in other bowls.. you can pop tops on them if you only want to do a few at a time, or if you're like me and have a toddler hanging off you constantly.

    these are also great for crafts with scouts, church groups, etc... keep beads, buttons, thread, etc inside of them..
    Feb 8, 2006
  16. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

    Yes! I did this as an activity for the kids at my son's b-day party. Baked up some sugar cookies in advance (on my stone, of course) and then had all the fixins' in the prep bowls. They loved it!
    Feb 8, 2006
  17. DebbieSAChef

    DebbieSAChef Senior Member

    Cakes, Cakes, Cakes

    I made the doll cake for a bridal show. I made a ladybug mama cake with the small bowl and used the prep bowls to make baby ladybugs. I also used the prep bowls to make a caterpillar cake. It was great and so much fun!! I use my bowls everyday. I microwave Velveeta and rotel for great nachos in the Batter bowls large or small, and store leftovers with the convenient lids.
    I use the prep bowls to store leftover tomatoe sauce that I hate to throw away from the 8oz cans. Also I love to use the prep bowls for easy viewing of ingredients I am using at my show, and yes I pre shred or pre chop alot of things before the show.
    Debbie :D
  18. janel kelly

    janel kelly Advanced Member

    I always tell people this joke at my shows: what do you get when you put the batter bowl and the small batter bowl together? Answer: baby batter bowls- prep bowls :D
    Feb 9, 2006
  19. sandi4tpc

    sandi4tpc Novice Member

    your directions for cakes in the prep bowls!!

    I would love to know because before I was a consultant my first PC purchase was batter bowl to make the barbie cake [I've now made 3 of them!] and now I have a daughter....well, I will need to make her one and I figured that I will make a queen and her court or something. :p

    I also call the prep bowls my food network bowls....as I dump stuff out of them as I'm demo-ing the recipe. ;)

    Feb 10, 2006
  20. pamperedharriet

    pamperedharriet Legacy Member

    Brownie Sundaes in Prep Bowls

    Has anyone tried this yet? Curious how they came out.
  21. pcjulie

    pcjulie Member


    My family tried this the other night and they were incredible! We ate a whole box of brownie mix (an 8x8 pan size) between the 5 of us. We didn't even need the syrup becasue we had an extra rich brownie mix. We'll definitely be making them again!

    Julie Myers
    Denver, PA
    Feb 18, 2006
  22. mgressaffa

    mgressaffa Member

    I hope I'm doing this right.

    Wow, what a great tip!!!! I am curious, though, about the caterpillar and doll cake. How do you do that? I just started with PC, but I have been using the products for over 10 years.

    Feb 28, 2006
  23. mps952


    Here is one that I heard at our Cluster meeting last night. At your show, ask the question, "What happens when you leave the batter bowls in the cupboard too long?" Everyone kinda looks at you wondering and then say, "They have babies."

    That gets them laughing.

    Great ideas.
    Mar 1, 2006
  24. pamperedbecky

    pamperedbecky Legacy Member

    That's so cute! I'll have to use that one. :D
  25. pchefinski

    pchefinski Advanced Member

    Um does anyone else's brownie batter boil when it bakes? Have I just never watched it bake before? Somehow I can't recall it boiling but hey that might just be me. I tried these in the microwave, like this suggestion, but mine turned out terrible. 1 minute was not long enough, and then after 2 more 30 second intervals, it was a burnt rock. And my microwave is not extra hot or old or anything.. So, I put the rest of the batter in the oven and now it's.. um.. boiling. I'm not joking. Is this normal? Maybe it's b/c I didn't have an egg, so I just used an extra tbspn of oil, but that usually works in other recipes I've done (my husband is allergic to egg yolks, so I'm used to the substituting), so.. Anyway.. any reasons why you think they turned out so terrible?
    Mar 18, 2006
  26. n8vtxn

    n8vtxn Member

    Another idea is to keep fresh herbs in the freezer in them. I cut up basil, dill, cilantro, etc. and pop 'em in there for whenever I need something fresh. Tastes better than dried and I kill anything living! (Black thumb!)
    Mar 19, 2006
  27. Can anyone tell me how to make the catapillar and ladybug out of the prep bowls. My neice has a birthday coming up and I thought I would try it out on her 4 year old friends (lol).

  28. Brookeskitchen

    Brookeskitchen Novice Member

  29. caryd


    Great idea! I cant wait to share this with my customers. They say you should have 3 uses for each product, this will be another great tip! Thanks!
    Mar 28, 2006
  30. ChefMommyinOC

    ChefMommyinOC Member

    Cake for everyone

    For my daughter's 1st birthday, I made little cakes in the prep bowls (like you would for the caterpiller cake), but instead of making it into a caterpiller, I made mini 'baked alaska' cakes that were in Season's Best a few seasons ago. Everyone at the party had their own cake, and my daughter loved sticking her finger in the filling. Very cute and easy!
  31. pcjulie

    pcjulie Member

    How cute would little Easter egg cakes be! I can't wait to try them!

    Julie Myers
    Denver, PA
    Mar 28, 2006
  32. amya

    amya Member

    I just thought I would give my own Prep Bowl recipe that I give at my shows. Divide a can of cherry or apple pie filling among the prep bowls (you may need 2 cans if you're using all 6 bowls). Top each one with a Pillsbury biscuit that has been slightly flattened. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake according to the directions on the biscuit can. Individual cobblers for everyone!
    Mar 28, 2006
  33. Shawnna

    Shawnna Senior Member Gold Member

    that is a great tip. I will for sure use it at home and it will be great for a small show.
    Mar 28, 2006
  34. No Microwave?

    Does anyone know if the omelette would work in a toaster oven? :p I dont have a microwave??

    thanks :rolleyes:
  35. luvs2sellit

    luvs2sellit Advanced Member

    It would end up being more like a quiche. It would also take alot longer to bake. Like around 30min
    Mar 28, 2006
  36. thanks Angela!!!
  37. sdarabie

    sdarabie Guest

    Oh I want to do this for my daughter as well! We call her our princess so I want to make her the princess and then use the prep bowls to make lady in waiting cupcakes for the other toddler girls that will be there. Would love suggestions on where to buy the smaller sized dolls for the prep bowl cakes!

    And I love all the other ideas I've read also!
    Mar 28, 2006
  38. pmprdprettyinsnj

    pmprdprettyinsnj Member Silver Member

    I have some pictures of doll cakes, and ladybug cakes if any one would like them please email me privately and I will be glad to send them. I cant upload any pictures on here.

    flora at [email protected]
  39. My cool prep bowl idea, is great for the Easter Holiday Season. I must say it was an original thought, but I'm sure others have thought of the same thing. after greasing and flouring all 6 prep bowls, fill eac one 2/3 full with a prepared cake mix. Bake. after turning out little cakes and cooling, secure two cakes together wide mouth edges together with some icing and then decorate the entire cake as individual Easter egg cakes! Decorate as you wish!
  40. Sonya-
    I thought about doing little doll cakes with the prep bowls, too, and my thought for the doll would be little Polly Pockets. I think those would be the perfect size (maybe?).
    Amy :)
    Mar 29, 2006
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