Microwave cooking tips
Amount of food
• If you increase or decrease the amount of food
you prepare, the time it takes to cook that food will
also change. For example, if you double a recipe,
add a little more than half the original cooking time.
Check for doneness and, if necessary, add more
time in small increments.
Starting temperature of food
• The lower the temperature of the food being
put into the microwave oven, the longer it takes
to cook. Food at room temperature will be re-
heated more quickly than food at refrigerator
Composition of food
• Food with a lot of fat and sugar will be heated
faster than food containing a lot of water. Fat and
sugar will also reach a higher temperature than
water in the cooking process.
• The more dense the food, the longer it takes
to heat. "Very dense" food like meat takes longer
to reheat than lighter, more porous food like
Size and shape
• Smaller pieces of food will cook faster than larger
pieces. Also, same-shaped pieces cook more
evenly than different-shaped pieces.
• With foods that have different thicknesses, the
thinner parts will cook faster than the thicker parts.
Place the thinner parts of chicken wings and legs
in the center of the dish.
Stirring, turning foods
• Stirring and turning foods spreads heat quickly
to the center of the dish and avoids overcooking at
the outer edges of the food.
Cover food to:
Shorten cooking times
Keep food moist
You can use any covering that lets microwaves
Releasing pressure in foods
Several foods (for example: baked potatoes,
sausages, egg yolks, and some fruits) are tightly
covered by a skin or membrane. Steam can build
up under the membrane during cooking, causing
the food to burst. To relieve the pressure and to
prevent bursting, pierce these foods before
cooking with a fork, cocktail pick, or toothpick.
Using standing time
Always allow food to stand after cooking.
Standing time after defrosting and cooking allows
the temperature to evenly spread throughout the
food, improving the cooking results.
The length of the standing time depends on how
much food you are cooking and how dense it is.
Sometimes it can be as short as the time it takes
you to remove the food from the oven and take it
to the serving table. However, with larger, denser
food, the standing time may be as long as
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