And your life too maybe?

By Erik Sherman, Extra Crispy
Updated December 07, 2016
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People tend to think of pressure cookers as a convenient way to manage dinner prep after you get home from work. But can you use it for breakfast? Absolutely. Whether you're into oatmeal, fresh yogurt, or omelets, a pressure cooker can be a lifesaver in the morning. That's even more true when you have one like the Instant Pot, a programmable multi-function device that's pretty amazing. Currently the second most popular item in Amazon's home and kitchen department, the Instant Pot has received a lot of love online lately, and rightfully so.

Acting as an electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, and warming pot, the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker ($159.95) can cook items in a fraction of the time needed on a stove or in an oven. That translates into steel-cut oatmeal in ten minutes, or overnight in slow-cook mode so it's ready when you wake up; homemade yogurt (still a six- to eight-hour process because of fermentation) with relatively little mess; Korean-style steamed eggs, congee, breakfast hash, and steamed kale.

I've come across some unusual examples of what people have made for breakfast in an Instant Pot. Let's take a look:

Breakfast bowl with tater tots, eggs, cheese, peach mango salsa, and meat

12-egg omelet that comes out like a soufflé in 25 minutes

Ten-minute steel-cut oatmeal

Cocoa Brownies

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