This article contains the FAQs for the OP100 Series Ninja® Foodi® Compact Pressure Cooker.

Why is my unit taking so long to come to pressure? How long does it take to come to pressure?

If it seems the unit is taking longer than normal to come to pressure, remember the following: It can take up to 20 minutes for the unit to come to pressure. Time to pressure varies based on the selected temperature, current temperature of the cooking pot, and temperature and quantity of ingredients and liquid. (Note that it may take longer to build pressure if you live in a high-altitude area.) And also check the following: Be sure the silicone ring is fully seated and flush against the pressure lid. If installed correctly, you should be able to tug lightly on the ring to rotate it. Ensure the pressure lid is fully locked in place and the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position. for the unit to come to pressure. Time to pressure varies based on the selected temperature, current temperature of the cooking pot, and temperature and quantity of ingredients and liquid. (Note that it may take longer to build pressure if you live in a high-altitude area.) And also check the following: Be sure the silicone ring is fully seated and flush against the pressure lid. If installed correctly, you should be able to tug lightly on the ring to rotate it. Ensure the pressure lid is fully locked in place and the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position.

Why is the time counting down so slowly?

You may have set hours rather than minutes. When setting time, the display will show HH:MM and the time will increase/decrease in minute increments.

How can I tell when the unit is pressurizing?

The pressure lid icon will flash on and off while rotating lights display on the screen to indicate the unit is building pressure.

Why can't I take the pressure lid off?

As a safety feature, the pressure lid will not unlock until the unit is completely depressurized. You will know when the unit has pressurized when the red float valve is up. Turn the pressure release valve to the VENT position to quick release the pressurized steam. A quick burst of steam will spurt out of the pressure release valve. When the steam is completely released, the red float valve will come down, and the unit will be ready to open. Turn the pressure lid counterclockwise, then lift it up and away from you.

Is the pressure release valve supposed to be loose?

Yes. The pressure release valve's loose fit is intentional; it enables a quick and easy transition between SEAL and VENT and helps regulate pressure by releasing small amounts of steam during cooking to ensure great results. Make sure it is turned as far as possible toward the SEAL position when pressure cooking and as far as possible toward the VENT position when quick releasing steam.

How long does the unit take to depressurize?

Quick release takes about 2 minutes or less, depending on how much liquid or food is inside the pot. Natural release can take up to 20 minutes or more, depending on the type of food and/or the amount of liquid and food in the pot.

How do I scroll faster on the control panel?

Simply press and hold the up or down arrow when setting a temperature or time and the control panel will move faster through the available options.

How much heat do I lose when I open the crisping lid to "Sneak a peak"?

The Foodi's high thermal efficiency minimizes heat loss when you sneak a peak and ensures the cooking pot returns to temperature far faster than a standard oven would.

Why are there two lids?

The two lids allow you to seamlessly transition between all your favorite cooking methods. Use the pressure lid to tenderize, then use the crisping lid to add a crispy finish.

What are the different cooking lids used for?

When the pressure lid is installed, you can use any of the following functions: Pressure Steam Slow Cook/ Sear/Saute When the hinged crisping lid is installed, you can use any of the following functions: Air Crisp Bake/Roast

Does the crisping lid detach from the unit?

No, the crisping lid does not detach from the unit.

How do I use the crisping lid?

The crisping lid is attached to the unit and can be opened at any time to check on your food during the cooking process. When the lid is opened, the timer will pause, and the heating element will turn off. When the lid is closed, cooking will resume and the timer will resume counting down.

How do I set the cook time?

To adjust the cook time, press the up and down TIME arrows to the right of the digital display.

How do I set the temperature?

Use the up and down TEMP arrows to the right of the digital display to adjust the cook temperature and/or pressure level.

How do I release pressure from the unit?

When pressure cooking is complete, pressure will naturally release from the unit as it cools down. This can take up to 20 minutes or more, depending on the amount of liquid and food in the pot. During this time, the unit will switch to Keep Warm mode. Press the KEEP WARM button if you would like to turn Keep Warm mode off. When natural pressure release is complete, the float valve will drop down. Use ONLY if your recipe calls for it. When pressure cooking is complete and the KEEP WARM light comes on, turn the pressure release valve to the VENT position to release the steam from the pressure release valve. Steam release will be accompanied by an audible hiss. Some steam will remain in the unit after pressure release and will escape when the lid is opened. Lift and tilt the pressure lid away from you, making sure no condensation drips into the cooker base.

How do I know the unit is building pressure?

As pressure builds in the unit, the control panel will display rotating lights. Pressurizing time varies, depending on the amount of ingredients and liquid in the pot. As the unit pressurizes, the lid will lock as a safety measure, and it will not unlock until pressure is released. Once the unit has reached full pressure, the lid pressure icon light will glow steadily. The pressure cooking cycle will begin and the timer will start counting down.

How do I know if the pressure lid is properly installed and locked in place?

Place the pressure lid on top of the unit with the arrow on the lid and the arrow on the base lined up evenly. Turn the lid clockwise until it locks in place. To unlock the lid, turn it counterclockwise, then lift it up and away from you, as some steam will remain in the unit and escape when the lid is opened.

Can I open the pressure lid at any time during cooking?

No, as the unit builds pressure, the float valve will raise, and the lid will lock as a safety measure. It will not unlock until pressure is released and the float valve drops down, signaling that it is safe to open the lid.

How long does it take the unit to build pressure?

The time to build pressure can take up to 20 minutes, varying based on the amount and temperature of ingredients and liquid in the pot. If you want to shorten the time it takes to build pressure, use hot liquid in the pot. Also, if any portion of your meal requires searing or sauteing, begin with that function and then switch to pressure cook.

Do I have to let the unit pre-heat before I use the Air Crisp function?

5 minutes to the cook time and allow the unit to come up to temperature before adding ingredients. 5 minutes to the cook time and allow the unit to come up to temperature before adding ingredients.

Is the cooking pot nonstick?

The cooking pot is made of aluminum with a nonstick ceramic coating that is FDA approved and food safe. This coating is also PTFE free.

What do the different cooking functions do?

Pressure: Cook food quickly while maintaining tenderness. Steam: Gently cook delicate foods at a high temperature. Slow Cook/Yogurt: Cook your food at a lower temperature for a longer period of time, or produce creamy homemade yogurt. Sear/Saute: Use the unit as a stovetop for browning meats, sauteing veggies, simmering sauces, and more. Air Crisp: Give foods crispiness and crunch with little to no oil. Bake/Roast: Use the unit like an oven for tender meats, baked treats, and more. Broil: Caramelize and brown your food. Dehydrate: Dehydrate meats, fruits, and vegetables for healthy snacks.

Will the outside of the unit get hot?

The outside of the unit will get hot, but the control panel, exterior handles, and handles on the pressure and crisping lids remain safe to touch at any time during cooking.

Does the crisping lid get hot?

The crisping lid will heat up during cooking, but the handle on the lid will be safe to touch at any time.

How do I install the condensation collector?

To install the condensation collector, slide it into the slot on the cooker base. Then slide it out and hand-wash after each use.

Can I move the unit after it has started pressure cooking?

No, once pressure cooking has started, we do not recommend moving the unit.

How do I cancel a cooking function?

Press the START/STOP button or the Power button at any time throughout the cooking process to cancel a cooking function.

Are there cooking charts available with cook times and temperatures?

Cooking charts can be found in the Inspiration Guide that came with your unit.

Why does the display show an "ERR" code?

This means the unit is not functioning properly. Please contact Customer Service at 1-877-646-5288.

How many watts is the unit?

1460 W

How do I select a cooking function?

To select a cooking function, simply press the function button that you would like to use.

When will my unit go into Keep Warm mode?

After pressure cooking, steaming, or slow cooking, the unit will automatically switch to Keep Warm mode and start counting up. Keep Warm will stay on for 12 hours, or you may press KEEP WARM to turn it off.

Will the Keep Warm mode heat up my food?

Keep Warm mode is not intended to warm food from a cold state but to keep it warm at food-safe temperature after cooking is complete.

Why is the pressure release valve loose?

The pressure release valve's loose fit is intentional; it enables a quick and easy transition between SEAL and VENT and helps regulate pressure by releasing small amounts of steam during cooking to ensure great results. Make sure it is turned as far as possible toward the SEAL position when pressure cooking and as far as possible toward the VENT position when quick releasing steam.

What should I do if the pressure release valve is not attached to the pressure lid?

If the pressure release valve is not attached to the pressure lid, simply place the valve on the silver post in the middle of the circular indent on the lid and press down firmly. Note the the valve will be loose, although it will be securely attached to the unit.

When should I use the reversible rack in the low position?

The reversible rack should be used in the low position when using the Bake/Roast and Steam functions.

When should I use the reversible rack in the high position?

The reversible rack should be used in the high position when using the Broil function.

How do I know what accessories are safe to use in my Foodi?

Any accessory that you currently use in your oven is also safe to use in your Foodi. There are also accessories designed especially for use in the Foodi and available for purchase at ninjaaccessories.com.

Why is my unit taking so long to come to pressure? How long should it take to come to pressure?

If it seems the unit is taking longer than normal to come to pressure, remember the following: The unit may take up to 20 minutes to come to pressure. Time to pressure varies based on the selected temperature, current temperature of the cooking pot, and temperature and quantity of ingredients and liquid. (Note that it may take longer to build pressure if you live in a high-altitude area.) And also check the following: Be sure the silicone ring is fully seated and flush against the pressure lid. If installed correctly, you should be able to tug lightly on the ring to rotate it. Ensure the pressure lid is fully locked in place and the pressure release valve is in the SEAL position.

How do I clean my unit?

Follow these steps to clean the unit thoroughly after every use: 1. Unplug the unit from the wall outlet before cleaning. 2. To clean the cooker base and control panel, wipe them with a damp cloth. NEVER put the cooker base in the dishwasher or immerse it in water or any other liquid. 3. The cooking pot, silicone ring, reversible rack, Cook & Crisp" Basket, and detachable diffuser can be washed in the dishwasher. 4. The pressure lid, including the pressure release valve and anti-clog cap, can be hand-washed with warm water and dish soap. DO NOT wash the pressure lid or any of its components in the dishwasher, and DO NOT take apart the pressure release valve or float valve assembly. 5. To clean the crisping lid, wipe it down with a wet cloth or paper towel after the heat shield cools. 6. If food residue is stuck on the cooking pot, reversible rack, or Cook & Crisp Basket, fill the pot with water and allow to soak before cleaning. DO NOT use scouring pads. If scrubbing is necessary, use a non-abrasive cleanser or liquid dish soap with a nylon pad or brush. 7. Thoroughly air-dry all parts after washing.

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