Changing Power Levels
How to Change the Power Level
The power level may be entered or
changed immediately after entering the
feature time for COOK TIME, TIME
DEFROST or EXPRESS COOK. The
power level may also be changed during
1. Press COOK TIME or select
2. Enter cooking or defrosting time.
3. Press POWER LEVEL.
4. Select desired power level 1–10.
5. Press START.
Variable power levels add flexibility to
microwave cooking. The power levels on
the microwave oven can be compared to
the surface units on a range. High (power
level 10) or full power is the fastest way to
cook and gives you 100% power. Each
power level gives you microwave energy a
certain percent of the time. Power level 7
is microwave energy 70% of the time.
Power level 3 is energy 30% of the time.
A high setting (10) will cook faster but
food may need more frequent stirring,
rotating or turning over. Most cooking
will be done on High (power level 10).
A lower setting will cook more evenly and
need less stirring or rotating of the food.
Some foods may have better flavor, texture
or appearance if one of the lower settings
is used. Use a lower power level when
cooking foods that have a tendency to boil
over, such as scalloped potatoes.
Rest periods (when the microwave energy
cycles off) give time for the food to
"equalize" or transfer heat to the inside
of the food. An example of this is shown
with power level 3—the defrost cycle. If
microwave energy did not cycle off, the
outside of the food would cook before
the inside was defrosted.
Here are some examples of uses for
various power levels:
Power Level Best Uses
Fish, bacon, vegetables, boiling
Med-High 7 Gentle cooking of meat and
poultry; baking casseroles
Slow cooking and tenderizing
such as stews and less tender
cuts of meat.
Low 2 or 3
Defrosting without cooking;
simmering; delicate sauces.
Keeping food warm without
overcooking; softening butter.