Ninja Foodi 8 qt FD401 8-Quart 9-In-1 Pressure Cooker Reviews

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Do you know how to use a pressure cooker? If you are new to electric pressure cookers, there can be some confusing parts you might need help to properly function this innovative piece of kitchen appliance.
We all know how convenient and versatile a pressure cooker can be. It helps bring a much easier and effortless cooking experience to the modern home. Here are some introductions and guides to get you started with this device.

Parts of Pressure Cookers

Of course each pressure cooker comes with different parts and elements. However, here are some most basic parts that all pressure cookers will include:


Housing, also known as the exterior pot or heating base, is basically the outside of a pressure cooker. This part typically includes the electronics, buttons for selection, and the heating element.

This part is meant to be used together with the inside cooking pot. Hence, you should never add the ingredients directly to the housing part, which will cause damages to the electronics and heating elements.
For maintenance, you can use soft and damp cloth to gently wipe and clean this part. Don’t submerge it in the water!

Cooking pot

The cooking pot is the inner part fitting inside the housing, which is typically used for cooking. This is the part where you will put all the ingredients for the dishes.

Oftenly, the manual or manufacturer’s instructions will show you how to clean this inner pot. While some brands can let you wash the pot in dishwasher machines, some manufacturers encourage users to hand wash it. Thus, make sure to read the manual before use so you can have a long lasting device.


The lid is pretty much self-explanatory. That said, the lid of a pressure cooker is different from other regular pot lid: they come with a pressure release switch and a valve on top. Most of the time, there is a silicone gasket and a mini-gasket underneath the lid for locking the float valve in place.

Speaking of cleaning, you can clean the lid using a soft cloth or sponge damped with soapy water to clean the metal part underneath the lid. Then, rinse it immediately. Never submerge your lid in the water or let it soak, which might affect the pressure release function in the future.

Pressure release switch

Some people might have mistaken the pressure release switch for the float valve. However, these are the two different, separate elements. This switch can be called in various terms depending on the manufacturers, varying from pressure release valve, pressure release handle, to steam release button, etc.
Regardless of its name, this switch helps release the steam inside the pot when in need. Meanwhile, it can trap and let the pressure build up inside the pot once you switch it closed.

In some particular pressure cookers, this switch is replaced by a button, which is where the “steam release button” comes from.

Further Reading:

Float valve

This is one of the safety features in any electric pressure cooker. When the pressure builds up to a particular level, this float valve will be pushed up until the attached mini-gasket seals the cooker, closing and locking the lid in place.

Seal ring

This is a removable part typically made of food-grade silicone. It is attached underneath the lid to create an airtight seal when the lid is locked, helping the pressure cooker trap the pressure inside.
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