How to Use Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker? ( Water Test)

The Ninja Foodi has many features on popular rival pressure cookers. This allows the pressure to release naturally, which is handy for those nervous about dealing with the hot steam or who want hand-off cooking ultimately. Below, I go over how to use the Ninja Foodi Deluxe Water Test.

Start by adding 3 cups of water to the cooking pot, placing the pressure lid on, turning the lid clockwise to lock, sealing the release valve, and selecting the pressure button. Set the timer for 2 minutes, click the start button, let the pressure build, and once the timer is done, turn the pressure release valve to the vet position.

Once all the steam has finished releasing, you can open the pressure lid again. In the future, most recipes will call for natural pressure release, in which you let the steam escape without turning the valve. Only use the quick pressure release if a recipe calls for it; you don’t want to get burned by steam because it’s twice as hot as boiling water.

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Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Instructions:

The purpose of the pressure lid is to tenderize, but familiarize yourself with the Ninja Pressure Cook feature and start making all your favorite recipes; it is very much suggested for first-time users/owners to do a first trial run.

  1. Place the inside pot in the cooker Ninja Foodi then add 3 cups of room-temp water to the inside pot.
  2. Now shut the Ninja Foodi by placing a pressure lid and following the arrow on the lid with an arrow on the front of the Ninja cooker base. Now turn the pressure lid clockwise; the lid will lock into place.
  3. Turn the pressure release valve to the SEAL position on the pressure lid.
  4. Now click the PRESSURE button on the control panel, and the Ninja Foodi will automatically default to (HI) high pressure with the timer setting itself 2 minutes. Then click the START/STOP button to activate.
  5. The Ninja Foodi will start to build pressure inside the unit, with the rotating lights indicating the unit is building up pressure (about 8-10 minutes). Once fully pressurized, the Ninja will start counting down for 2 minutes.
  6. When the 2-minute countdown is completed, the Ninja Foodi will make a beeping sound, automatically switch to the Keep Warm mode, and begin counting up.
  7. Then quickly release the pressurized steam by switching the pressure release valve to the VENT position. A fast blast of steam will flow out of the pressure release valve. After the steam is released, the Ninja Foodi is ready to open (see also ‘Ninja Foodi Max 15-In-1 Vs. 14-In-1‘).

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker Chart

Chicken breasts2 lbsBone-in1 C.High15 MinsQuick
Chicken breasts6 small or 4 large (about 2 lbs)Boneless1 C.High8-10 MinsQuick
Chicken breasts (frozen)4 large (2 lbs)Boneless1 C.High25 minsQuick
Chicken thighs8 thighs (4 lbs)Bone-in/skin on1 C.High20 minsQuick
Chicken thighs8 thighs (2 lbs)Boneless1 C.High20 minsQuick
Chicken, whole4–5 lbsBone-in/legs tied1 C.High25–30 minsQuick
Turkey breast1 breast (6–8 lbs)Bone-in1 C.High40–50 minsQuick
Ground beef, pork, or turkey1–2 lbsGround (not in patties)1/2C.High5 minsQuick
Ground beef, pork, or turkey (frozen)1–2 lbsFrozen, ground (not in patties)1/2 C.High20–25 minsQuick
Pork baby back2 1
/2–3 1
/2 lbs
Cut in thirds1 C.High20 minsQuick
Beef brisket3–4 lbsWhole1 C.High1 1
/2 hrs
Boneless beef chuck-eye roast3–4 lbsWhole1 C.High1 1
/2 hrs
Boneless pork butt4 lbsSeasoned1 C.High1 1
/2 hrs
Pork tenderloin2 tenderloins (1–1 1
/2 lbs each)
Seasoned1 C.High3–4 minsQuick
Boneless beef short ribs6 ribs (3 lbs)Whole1 C.High25 minsQuick
Boneless leg of lamb3 lbsCut in 1-inch pieces1 C.High30 minsQuick
Boneless pork butt3 lbsCut in 1-inch pieces1 C.High30 minsQuick
Chuck roast, for stew2 lbsCut in 1-inch pieces1 C.High25 minsQuick

Ninja Foodi Natural Release vs. Quick Release

Natural Pressure Release: After pressure cooking is finished, steam will naturally release from the Ninja Foodi (see also ‘How To Slow Cook In Ninja Foodi‘) as it cools down. This can take about 20 minutes or more, depending on the volume of liquid and ingredients in the cooking pot. Throughout this time, the Ninja Foodi will shift to Keep Warm mode. Click the “keep warm” button to turn the Keep Warm mode off. After the natural pressure release has ended, you’ll see the red float valve drop.

Quick Pressure Release: Use the quick release only if recipes call for it. After pressure cooking is finished and the keep warm light turns on, change the pressure release valve to the vent position to immediately free pressure thru the valve. Some steam will remain in the Ninja Foodi after clearing pressure naturally or using the pressure release valve; the remaining steam will escape when the pressure lid is opened. Raising the lid and tilting it away from you will ensure none of the condensation under the lid drips back into the Ninja Foodi cooker base.

Note* At any time throughout the natural release process, you can change to quick release by changing the pressure release valve to the vent position.


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