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Tips and guidelines
Microwaves do not usually completely penetrate the food on the rotary plate. The wait
time allows the food to continue cooking even after the oven has switched off. The
temperature can rise by up to 8° C inside the food. After heating food in the microwave,
let it stand in the oven for a short time to allow the temperature to equalise. The wait
time depends on the weight, volume and density of the food (and can be up to
How to cook food without overcooking (drying, charring etc.)
Select the right cooking level.
Select the right cooking time. Times quoted in recipes are approximate and depend
upon initial temperature, weight, density of food etc.
Always use microwave-suitable dishes.
Defrosting is faster in flatter dishes than in higher dishes.
Divide large pieces of food into smaller pieces for faster defrosting.
Cover the smaller pieces when they start to warm up.
Do not defrost completely under power, let the food stand for a while.
To warm up more food you need more time. Rule of thumb: double the food, double the
The colder the food, the more time is needed.
When cooking a meal with various ingredients remember that fat and sugar heat up faster
than water. This means that ingredients with higher fat and sugar contents will have
higher temperatures after cooking than those containing water. The more dense a food,
the longer it takes to cook/defrost. Very dense foods, like meat, take much longer to warm
up than say sponge cake.
Micro heating of beverages can result in delayed eruptive boiling, therefore care has to be
taken when handling the container.
Cooking with microwaves differs in some aspects from normal cooking.
The guidelines and tips below will help you get better results using a microwave oven.