Recommended use and tips
How to read the cooking table
The table indicates the best functions to use for any given food. Cooking times, where indicated, start
from the moment when food is placed in the microwave oven cavity, excluding pre-heating (where
Cooking settings and times are purely for guidance and will depend on the amount of food and type of
accessory used. Always cook food for the minimum cooking time given and check that is it cooked
To obtain the best results, carefully follow the advice given in the cooking table regarding the choice of
accessories (if supplied) to be used.
Cling film and bags
Remove wire twist-ties from paper or plastic bags before placing the bag in the microwave oven cavity.
Cling film should be scored or pricked with a fork to relieve the pressure and to prevent bursting because
steam builds up during cooking.
Liquids may overheat beyond boiling point without visibly bubbling. This could cause hot liquids to
suddenly boil over.
To prevent this possibility:
1. Avoid using straight-sided containers with narrow necks.
2. Stir the liquid before placing the container in the microwave oven cavity and leave the teaspoon in the
3. After heating, stir again before carefully removing the container from the microwave oven.
Since microwaves penetrate the food to a limited depth, if there are a number of pieces to cook at once,
arrange the pieces in a circle to create more outside pieces.
Small pieces cook more quickly than large pieces.
Cut food into pieces of equal size for uniform cooking.
Moisture evaporates during microwave cooking.
A microwave-proof cover on the container helps reduce moisture loss.
Most foods will continue to cook after microwave has finished cooking it. Therefore, always allow for
standing time to complete the cooking.
Stirring is usually necessary during microwave cooking. When stirring, bring the cooked portions on the
outside edges towards the centre and the less-cooked centre portions towards the outside.
Place thin slices of meat on top of each other or interlace them. Thicker slices such as meat loaf and
sausages have to be placed close to each other.
After heating baby food or liquids in a baby bottle or in a baby food jar, always stir and check the
temperature before serving.
This will ensure that the heat is evenly distributed and avoid the risk of scalding or burns.
Ensure that the lid and the teat are removed before heating.
For best results, we recommend defrosting directly on the glass turntable. If needed, it is possible to
use a light-plastic container that is suitable for microwave.
Boiled food, stews and meat sauces defrost better if stirred during the defrosting time.
Separate pieces as they begin to defrost. Individual slices defrost more easily.