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Warm overnight?

I have had a roast cooking pretty much all day (yep, started it late..thought I'd eat late, but not so much) and I'm wondering if it's OK to leave it on the "warm" setting overnight?

I read through a lot of the archived entries but didn't find one that quite fit my question...I did read that someone put the ohhhh brain-freeze whatchamacallit "pan"? in the fridge after it was done cooking (totally can't think of the word I'm looking for..the bakeware/clay part). I'm totally OK with doing that..but figured I'd ask about leaving it on the "warm" setting all night.

Thanks much!


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Oct. 30th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Personally, I don't like getting my crock cold then heating it back up, so I'd dump it all into some fake Tupperware, wash the crock, and then re-heat tomorrow.

...course, that's just me.
Oct. 30th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
It will be hopelessly overcooked. Most crockpots cycle between "on" and "off" on the heating element; "keep warm" just means "stay off longer between cycles." Every time the element kicks on, it WILL heat back up to boiling.

Most manufacturers call it an "insert."
Oct. 30th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
My crockpot came with instructions that said not to use the warm setting for longer than two hours. Of course, your temp settings may be different, but I wouldn't risk it. It isn't that hard to put the food away and then reheat when you need it - and that's a lot easier than suffering a massive case of food poisoning. ;P
Oct. 30th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
Like everyone is saying, you really don't want to leave it on "warm" all night, for both health and quality reasons.

If I were in your situation, I'd just put the crock in the fridge, and heat it up again just before you're ready to eat. (This will also give you a chance to remove the fat, which comes off much more easily when it's cold and congealed.) -- I've been doing this with mine for 25 years, and the crock is still fine, so no need to dirty another container if your fridge has room for the crock.

Oct. 30th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I would take it out of the crock and put it in the fridge. The crock itself is designed to hold heat, so sticking it (warm) in the fridge risks:
1. damaging the crock
2. preventing your food in the crock from cooling to a microbiologically-safe temp quickly enough to avoid nasties growing in it
3. raising the temp of your fridge to an unsafe level and risking all your food.
Oct. 30th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Food poisoning is not your friend.

Think about it this way, if you wouldn't leave it on the stove or in the oven on low and still eat it, your crock shouldn't be any different.

And, I don't know the vermin/pet situation in your home, but my cat wouldn't let something like that stay untouched all night without a solid effort to delid the thing. My cat is a sneaky little bugger.
Oct. 30th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input everyone!

Like everyone else, I just did not feel good about having it cook all day then leaving it on the "warm" setting overnight. When it was done cooking, I shredded it, put it in a container, and popped it and the juice in the fridge. It'll be perfect for sandwiches this week and with roast potatoes today! :)
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