This section discusses the concepts behind microwave cooking. It also shows you the basics
you need to know to operate your microwave oven. Please read this information before you use
How your microwave oven
Microwave energy is not hot. It causes food to make
its own heat, and it's this heat that cooks the food.
Microwaves are like TV waves, radio waves, or light
waves. You cannot see them, but you can see what
A magnetron in the microwave oven produces
microwaves. The microwaves move into the oven
where they contact food as it turns on the turntable.
Your oven has a ULTRA WAVE™ multiple
microwave distribution system. Microwave energy
is released from two locations, giving you better,
more even cooking.
Metal floor Glass turntable
The glass turntable of your microwave oven lets
microwaves pass through. Then they bounce off a
metal floor, back through the glass turntable, and are
absorbed by the food.
Microwaves pass through most glass, paper, and
plastics without heating them so food absorbs the
energy. Microwaves bounce off metal containers so
food does not absorb the energy.
Getting to Know Your Microwave Oven
Using your microwave oven may cause interference
to your radio, TV, or similar equipment. When there
is interference, you can reduce it or remove it by:
Cleaning the door and sealing surfaces of the
Adjusting the receiving antenna of the radio or
Moving the receiver away from the microwave
Plugging the microwave oven into a different outlet
so that the microwave oven and receiver are on
different branch circuits.
For the best cooking
Always cook food for the shortest cooking time
recommended. Check to see how the food is
cooking. If needed, touch EASY START while the
oven is operating or after the cooking cycle is over
(see the "Using EASY START" section).
Stir, turn over, or rearrange the food being cooked
about halfway through the cooking time for all
recipes. This will help make sure the food is evenly
If you do not have a cover for a dish, use wax
paper, or microwave-approved paper towels or
plastic wrap. Remember to turn back a corner of
the plastic wrap to vent steam during cooking.
Testing your microwave
To test the oven, put 1 cup (250 mL) of cold water in
a glass container in the oven. Close the door. Make
sure it latches. Cook at 100% power for 2 minutes.
When the time is up, the water should be heated.