Due to all the innovative inventions for kitchen appliances, it has made cooking a lot easier and convenient. Appliances like pressure cookies, instant pots, the air fryer have helped us a lot.
They offer safety and different features that add to their popularity. Unlike pressure cookers, an instant pot can perform a variety of tasks and it also has many different settings.
It can steam foods that are delicate like fish, eggs, and veggies. We are all different people and we have different choices, therefore, some love to cook fast with speed, and some love to keep it slow in warm settings. The instant pot is good at doing it accordingly.
Instant pots are like pressure cookers but they are the upgraded versions as they are backed with a lot of features and also ensure safety and one of the major features is the Set-and-Forget feature.
An instant pot is very smart and it is also very programmable, especially the pots that have wifi, they will automatically switch to warm settings once it is done with the cooking and this warm setting is good enough to keep the food warm overnight. The heat at this stage is much lower but most importantly it is sufficient.
There are different types of models available in the market and they come with different settings for warm function every one has its own time intervals but this warm function is supposed to keep food above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
In my opinion, you shouldn’t use these settings all-day. These settings ensure that bacteria do not affect your food as any bacteria gets killed after 130 degrees F and the death rate rises as you rise the temperature. So you should not worry about bacteria in a warm setting and your food is safe.
If the food is at a lesser temperature than 140 degrees F then it can be prone to bacteria and I wouldn’t recommend keeping it in less than such temperature for a long time.
You also have to keep in mind that keeping the food continuously at 140 degrees F for too long can be safe but it can also result in loss of texture and tastes. Sometimes some foods such as pasta or noodles can turn into squishy broth. This depends on the type of food you are cooking whether you can keep it in warm settings on longer intervals or not.
You should always consider reading the manual to know the time for which you can keep food in warm settings safely, however the manufacturers recommend that one should not leave the instant pot unattended during preheating cycles while cooking oatmeal or other sticky foods.
It also has a timer function, which allows you some convenience, the manual says not to use the timer function for perishable foods such as fish that may spoil at room temperature. For foods like oatmeal, pasta, and other sticky food I would recommend you not to use the timer function.
So coming back to the ultimate question of whether you can keep instant pot overnight on warm function, all this will certainly depend on the type of food you are going to cook.
Food items like meats with a lot of connective tissues and types of stews and soup would be fine to keep in a warm setting for a long time but on the other hand foods such as noodles, pasta, rice, or any sticky food might get spoiled or lose taste and become softer as the time increases. I would strongly recommend not keeping such food items overnight.
Instant pots come with a lot of programmable features and they are designed for unattended cooking.
This all depends upon the type of food you are going to cook. Always consider reading the manual before using them.