Your Instant Pot® has a timer function to delay the start of cooking for up to 24 hours. Timer function does not apply to the “Keep Warm”, “Yogurt” and "Sauté" functions. The following shows how to program for delayed cooking.
1. Follow steps in the previous “Pressure Cooking” and “Slow Cooking” sections to set a cooking program.
2. Within 10 seconds after program selection, press the “Timer” key to set the hours and minutes to be delayed. Use “+” and “-“ to set the delayed hours. Press the "Timer" key again to change the minutes. The time is the delayed time before the program starts. Please allow sufficient cooking time and cooling down time before serving.
3. 10 seconds after the last key press, the “Timer” function starts. The time on the LED display counts down, and the flashing green indicator on the “Timer” key changes to solid green.
4. To cancel the Timer operation, press the “Keep-Warm/Cancel” key at any time.
5. Your Instant Pot® starts cooking when the delay timer counts down to 0. After cooking, the cooker will then enter the Auto “Keep Warm” cycle for 10 hours.
We highly discourage using the Timer function for perishable foods, such as meat and fish, which may spoil when left at room temperature for hours. Cooked rice may yield overly soft texture due to long soaking time. It may also cause a layer of burned rice at the bottom of the pot if it is left in Keep-Warm mode for too long.
The “Timer” function is not recommended for porridge, oatmeal or other frothy, sticky foods due to the possibility of the float valves getting blocked and causing overflow of food content. The Instant Pot® should not be left unattended during the preheat cycle. Since the ‘Timer’ function implies leaving the unit unattended, it is strongly recommended to not use the “Timer” program for the types of food mentioned above.