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Microwave Oven

Owner’s Manual

AMC4080AAB/W/Q

AMC4080AAS

AMC4080AAB/W/Q

AMC4080AAS

Part No. : W10177943

Safety

PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO EXCESSIVE MICROWAVE

ENERGY:

(a) Do not attempt to operate this oven with the door open since open-door operation can result in harmful exposure to microwave energy. It is important not to defeat or tamper with the safety interlocks.

(b)Do not place any object between the front face of the oven and the door or allow soil or cleaner residue to accumulate on sealing surfaces.

(c)Do not operate the oven if it is damaged. It is particularly important that the oven door close properly and that there is

no damage to the

1)Door (bent or dented),

2)Hinges and latches (broken or loosened),

3)Door seals and sealing surfaces.

(d)The oven should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except properly qualified service personnel.

WARNING

Always observe Safety Precautions when using your oven. Never try to repair the oven on your own – there

is dangerous voltage inside. If the oven needs to be repaired, call 1-800-843-0304 U. S. A, 1-800-807-6777

CANADA for the name of an authorized service center near you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

When using any electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following:

WARNING

To reduce risk of burns, electric shock, fire, personal injury or exposure to excessive microwave energy:

Read all safety instructions before using the appliance.

Read and follow the specific “PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO EXCESSIVE MICROWAVE ENERGY” on this page.

This appliance must be grounded. Connect only to properly grounded outlets. See “IMPORTANT GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS” on page 3 of this manual.

Install or place this appliance only in accordance with the installation instructions provided.

Some items, like whole eggs and food in sealed containers, may explode if heated in this oven.

Use this appliance only for its intended use as described in the manual. Do not use corrosive chemicals or vapors in this appliance. This type of oven is specifically designed to heat, cook, or dry food. It is not designed for industrial or laboratory use.

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Safety

Important Safety Instructions, continued

As with any appliance, close supervision is necessary when used by children.

Do not operate this appliance if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, or if it has been damaged.

This appliance should be serviced only by qualified service personnel. Contact the nearest authorized service facility for examination, repair, or adjustment.

Do not cover or block any of the openings on this appliance.

Do not store this appliance outdoors. Do not use near water – for example, near a kitchen sink, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.

Keep the inside of the oven clean. Food particles or spattered oils stuck to the oven walls or floor can cause paint damage and reduce the efficiency of the oven.

Do not immerse cord or plug in water.

Keep cord away from heated surfaces.

Do not let cord hang over edge of table or counter.

When cleaning door and oven surfaces, use only mild, nonabrasive soaps or detergents applied with a sponge or soft cloth.

To reduce the risk of fire in the oven:

a.Do not overcook food. Watch appliance carefully if paper, plastic, or other combustible materials are inside.

b.Remove wire twist-ties from plastic cooking bags before placing bags in oven.

c.If materials inside the oven ignite, keep the oven door closed, turn the oven off, disconnect the power cord, or shut off the power at the fuse or circuit breaker panel.

d.Do not use the oven compartment for storage purposes. Do not leave paper products, cooking utensils, or food in the oven when not in use.

Do not try to preheat oven or operate while empty.

Do not cook without the glass tray in place on the oven floor. Food will not cook properly without the tray.

Do not defrost frozen beverages in narrow-necked bottles. The containers can break.

Dishes and containers can become hot. Handle with care.

Carefully remove container coverings, directing steam away from hands and face.

Remove lids from baby food before reheating. After heating baby food, stir well and test temperature by tasting before serving.

A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risk of becoming

entangled in or tripping over a longer cord. Longer cord sets or extension cords are available and may be used with caution.

Do not operate any other heating or cooking appliance beneath this appliance.

Do not mount unit over or near any portion of a heating or cooking appliance.

Do not mount over a sink.

Do not store anything directly on top of the appliance when it is in operation.

IMPORTANT GROUNDING

INSTRUCTIONS

This appliance must be grounded. In the event of an electrical short circuit, grounding reduces the risk of electric shock by providing an escape wire for the electrical current. This appliance is equipped with a cord that includes a grounding wire and a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an outlet that is properly installed and grounded. Plug the three-prong power cord into a properly grounded outlet of standard 115-120 voltage, 60 Hz. Your oven should be the only appliance on this circuit.

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Safety

WARNING

Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of electric shock. Consult a qualified electrician or servicer if you do not understand the grounding instructions or if you are not sure if the appliance is properly grounded.

Use of Extension Cords

A short power-supply cord is provided to reduce the risk of becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord. Longer cord sets or extension cords are available and may be used if care is exercised in their use. If a long cord or extension cord is used:

1.The marked electrical rating of the cord set or extension cord should be at least as great as the electrical rating of the appliance.

2.The extension cord must be a grounding-type 3-wire cord and it must be plugged into a 3-slot outlet.

3.The longer cord should be arranged so that it will not drape over the counter top or tabletop where it can be pulled on by children or tripped over accidentally. If you use an extension cord, the interior light may flicker and the blower may vary when the microwave oven is on. Cooking times may be longer, too.

WARNING

Do not cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord under any circumstances.

Liquids, such as water, coffee, or tea are able to be overheated beyond the boiling point without appearing to be boiling. Visible bubbling or boiling when the container is removed from the microwave oven is not always present. THIS COULD RESULT

IN VERY HOT LIQUIDS SUDDENLY BOILING OVER WHEN THE CONTAINER IS DISTURBED OR A SPOON OR OTHER

UTENSIL IS INSERTED INTO THE LIQUID.

To reduce the risk of injury to persons:

1. Do not overheat the liquid.

2.Stir the liquid both before and halfway through heating it.

3.Do not use straight-sided containers with narrow necks.

4.After heating, allow the container to stand in the microwave oven for a short time before removing the container.

5.Use extreme care when inserting a spoon or other utensil into the container.

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Your New Microwave oven

Table of Contents

 

Safety ...........................................................................................

2

Your New Microwave oven .........................................................

5

Checking Parts ...........................................................................

5

Setting Up Your Microwave Oven ..............................................

6

Control Panel Buttons AMC4080AAB/W/Q ................................

6

Control Panel Buttons AMC4080AAS ........................................

7

Operation .....................................................................................

8

Setting the Clock ........................................................................

8

Using the Pause/Cancel Button .................................................

8

Using the Instant Cook Buttons..................................................

8

Instant Cook Chart .....................................................................

9

Using the One Minute+ Button ...................................................

9

Defrosting Automatically.............................................................

9

Setting Cooking Times & Power Levels ...................................

10

One-stage Cooking ..................................................................

10

Multi-stage Cooking..................................................................

10

Cooking Instructions ................................................................

11

Cooking Utensils ......................................................................

11

Testing Utensils........................................................................

11

Cooking Techniques.................................................................

12

General Tips.............................................................................

12

Cooking Guide..........................................................................

13

Auto Defrosting Guide ..............................................................

15

Recipes ....................................................................................

16

Appendix ....................................................................................

18

Troubleshooting Guide .............................................................

18

Care and Cleaning ...................................................................

18

Specifications ...........................................................................

19

AMANA® MAJOR APPLIANCE WARRANTY ............................

20

Quick Reference .......................................................

Back Cover

Checking Parts

Unpack your microwave oven and check to make sure that you have all the parts shown here. If any part is missing or broken, call your dealer.

 

microwave oven

roller guide ring

glass tray

 

registration

card instruction manual

template

installation manual

utc kit

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Your New Microwave oven

Setting Up Your Microwave Oven

Control Panel Buttons AMC4080AAB/W/Q

1 Place the oven on a flat, sturdy surface and plug the cord into a grounded outlet. Once plugged in, the display on your oven will show:

Make sure there is adequate ventilation for your oven by leaving at

 

 

least four inches of space behind, above, and to the side of the

 

 

oven.

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1

2 Open the oven door by pressing the button below the control panel.

3 Wipe the inside of the oven with a damp cloth.

4 Place the pre-assembled ring in the indentation in the center of the oven.

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5 Place the glass tray on top of the ring so that the three glass tabs in the center of the tray fit securely into the tabs on the floor of the oven.

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Your New Microwave oven

Control Panel Buttons AMC4080AAS

1

2

3

4

6

5

 

7

8

1.

One Minute+

p.9

 

Press once for every minute of cooking at High power.

 

2.

Instant Cook Buttons

p.8

 

Instant settings to cook popular foods.

 

3.

Number buttons

 

 

Sets cooking times.

 

4.

Power Level

p.10

 

Sets power to level other than high.

 

5.

Auto Defrost

p.9

 

Sets weight of the food to be defrosted.

 

6.

Clock

p.8

 

Sets current time.

 

7.

Pause/Cancel

p.8

 

Press to pause oven or correct a mistake.

 

8.

Start

 

 

Press to start cooking.

 

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Operation

Setting the Clock

1 Press the Clock button. The display will show:

2 Use the Number buttons to enter the current time. You must press at least three numbers to set the clock. If the current time is 5:00 enter, 5,0,0

3 Press Clock again. A colon will blink, indicating that the time is set.

If there is a power interruption, you will need to reset the clock.

You can check the current time while cooking is in progress by pressing the Clock button.

Using the Pause/Cancel Button

The Pause/Cancel button allows you to clear instructions you have entered. It also allows you to pause the oven’s cooking cycle, so that you can check the food.

To pause the oven during cooking: press Pause/Cancel once. To restart, press Start.

To stop cooking, erase instructions, and return the oven display to the time of day: press Pause/Cancel twice.

To Correct a mistake you have just entered: press Pause/Cancel once, then re-enter the instructions.

Using the Instant Cook Buttons

1 Press the Instant Cook button corresponding to the food you are cooking (Popcorn, for example). The display shows the first serving size:

2 Press the button repeatedly to select the serving size you want. The display will cycle through all available serving sizes. Once you select the correct serving size, the microwave will begin cooking automatically.

• See next page for Instant Cook Guide.

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Operation

Instant Cook Chart

Item

Weight

Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

Popcorn

3.5 oz

• Use one microwave-only bag of

 

3.0-3.5 oz

popcorn.

 

 

 

• Use caution when removing and

 

 

opening hot bag from oven

 

 

 

• To help prevent the popcorn bag from

 

 

getting stuck in the oven, fold each end

 

 

of the bag up one inch (

 

) before

 

 

placing the bag in the center

of the

 

 

oven.

 

 

 

• If it still gets stuck, open the door and

 

 

reposition the bag, close the door and

 

 

press start.

 

Fresh

1 cup

• Place the vegetable into a casserole

Vegetable

2 cups

and add some water.

 

 

3 cups

• Cover during cooking and stir before

 

4 cups

standing.

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen

8-10 oz

• Remove package from outerwrapping

Dinner

10-12 oz

and follow package instructions for

 

 

covering and standing. After cooking,

 

 

let stand 1-3 min.

 

Potato

1 EA

• Prick each potato several times with

 

2 EA

fork.

 

 

3 EA

• Place on turntable in spoke-like

 

4 EA

fashion.

 

 

• Remove from oven, wrap in foil and let

 

 

 

 

stand 3-5 min.

 

 

 

• Once during cooking, the oven will

 

 

beep to let you know to turn the food

 

 

over.

 

Pizza

1 Slice

• Put the pizza on a microwave-safe

Reheat

2 Slices

plate with wide end of slice towards the

 

3 Slices

outside edge of the plate.

 

 

 

• Do not let slices overlap. Do not cover.

 

 

• Before serving, let stand 1-2 min.

Beverage

½ cup

• Use measuring cup or mug ; do not

 

1 cup

cover.

 

 

2 cups

• Place the beverage in the oven.

 

 

• After heating, stir well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

The cooking time of 3.0 oz. microwave-popcorn depends on the content of butter and brands.

Cooking time is adjustable for desired taste with numeric pads following package instructions.

Using the One Minute+ Button

This button offers a convenient way to heat food in one-minute increments at the High power level.

1 Press the One Minute+ button once for each minute you wish to cook the food. For example, press it twice for two minutes. The time will display, and the oven starts automatically.

Add minutes to a program in progress by pressing the One Minute+ button for each minute you want to add.

Defrosting Automatically

To thaw frozen food, set the weight of the food and the microwave automatically sets the defrosting time, power level and standing time.

1 Press the Auto Defrost button. The display shows “0.5 lbs.” (0.2Kg if you have set your oven for metric measure).

2 To set the weight of your food, press the Auto Defrost button repeatedly. This increases the weight by 0.5 lb increments, up to 6.0 lbs (The Auto Defrost button will increase the weight by 0.2Kg up to 2.6kg if you are using metric measurement).

You can also use the number buttons to enter the weight of the food directly.

The oven calculates the defrosting time and starts automatically. Twice during defrosting, the oven will beep to let you know to turn the food over.

3 Press the Pause/Cancel button, open the oven door, and turn the food over.

4 Press the Start button to resume defrosting.

See page 15 for the Defrosting Guide.

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Operation

Setting Cooking Times & Power Levels

Your microwave allows you to set up to two different stages of cooking, each with its own time length and power level. The power level button lets you control the heating intensity from Warm (1) to High (0).

One-stage Cooking

For simple one-stage cooking, you only need to set a cooking time. The power level is automatically set to High. If you want to set the power to any other level, you must set it using the Power Level button.

1 Use the number buttons to set a cooking time. You can set a time from one second to 99 minutes, 99 seconds. To set a time over one minute, enter the seconds too. For example, to set 20 minutes, enter 2, 0, 0, 0 .

2 If you want to set the power level to something other than High, press the Power Level button, then use the number buttons to enter a power level.

Power Levels:

1 = PL:10

(Warm)

6

= PL:60 (Simmer)

2 = PL:20

(Low)

7

= PL:70 (Medium High)

3 = PL:30

(Defrost)

8

= PL:80

(Reheat)

4 = PL:40

(Medium Low)

9

= PL:90

(Sauté)

5 = PL:50

(Medium)

0

= PL:Hi

(High)

3 Press the Start button to begin cooking. If you want to change the power level, press Pause/Cancel before you press Start, and reenter all of the instructions.

Some recipes require different stages of cooking at different temperatures. You can set multiple stages of cooking with your microwave.

Multi-stage Cooking

1 Follow steps 1 and 2 in the “One-Stage Cooking” section on the previous page.

When entering more than one cooking stage, the Power Level button must be pressed before the second cooking stage can be entered.

To set the power level at High for a stage of cooking, press the Power Level button twice.

2 Use the number buttons to set a second cooking time.

3 Press the Power Level button, then use the number buttons to set the power level of the second stage of cooking.

4 Press Start to begin cooking.

You can check the Power Level while cooking is in progress by pressing the Power Level button.

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Cooking Instructions

Cooking Utensils

Recommended Use

Glass and glass-ceramic bowls and dishes — Use for heating or cooking.

Microwave browning dish — Use to brown the exterior of small items such as steaks, chops, or pancakes. Follow the directions provided with your browning dish.

Microwavable plastic wrap — Use to retain steam. Leave a small opening for some steam to escape and avoid placing it directly on the food.

Wax paper — Use as a cover to prevent spattering.

Paper towels and napkins — Use for short-term heating and covering; they absorb excess moisture and prevent spattering. Do not use recycled paper towels, which may contain metal and can catch fire.

Paper plates and cups — Use for short-term heating at low temperatures. Do not use recycled paper, which may contain metal and can catch fire.

Thermometers — Use only those labeled “Microwave Safe” and follow all directions. Check the food in several places. Conventional thermometers may be used once the food has been removed from the oven.

Limited Use

Aluminum foil — Use narrow strips of foil to prevent overcooking of exposed areas. Using too much foil can damage your oven, so be careful.

Ceramic, porcelain, and stoneware — Use these if they are labeled “Microwave Safe.” If they are not labeled, test them to make sure they can be used safely. Never use dishes with metallic trim.

Plastic — Use only if labeled “Microwave Safe.” Other plastics can melt.

Straw, wicker, and wood — Use only for short-term heating, as they can be flammable.

Not Recommended

Glass jars and bottles — Regular glass is too thin to be used in a microwave, and can shatter.

Paper bags — These are a fire hazard, except for popcorn bags that are designed for microwave use.

Styrofoam plates and cups — These can melt and leave an unhealthy residue on food.

Plastic storage and food containers — Containers such as margarine tubs can melt in the microwave.

Metal utensils — These can damage your oven. Remove all metal before cooking.

Testing Utensils

If you are not sure whether a dish is microwave-safe or not, you can perform this test:

1 Fill a 1 cup glass measuring cup with water and put it inside your oven, next to the dish you want to test.

2 Press the One Minute+ button once to heat them for one minute at High power.

The water should be warm and the dish you are testing should be cool. If the dish is warm, then it is absorbing microwave energy and is not acceptable for use in the microwave.

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Cooking Instructions

Cooking Techniques

Stirring

Stir foods such as casseroles and vegetables while cooking to distribute heat evenly. Food at the outside of the dish absorbs more energy and heats more quickly, so stir from the outside to the center. The oven will turn off when you open the door to stir your food.

Arrangement

Arrange unevenly shaped foods, such as chicken pieces or chops, with the thicker, meatier parts toward the outside of the turntable where they receive more microwave energy. To prevent overcooking, place thin or delicate parts toward the center of the turntable.

Shielding

Shield food with narrow strips of aluminum foil to prevent overcooking. Areas that need shielding include poultry wing-tips, the ends of poultry legs, and corners of square baking dishes. Use only small amounts of aluminum foil. Larger amounts can damage your oven.

Turning

Turn foods over midway through cooking to expose all parts to microwave energy. This is especially important with large items such as roasts.

Standing

Foods cooked in the microwave build up internal heat and continue to cook for a few minutes after the oven stops. Let foods stand to complete cooking, especially foods such as roasts and whole vegetables. Roasts need this time to complete cooking in the center without overcooking the outer areas. All liquids, such as soup or hot chocolate, should be shaken or stirred when cooking is complete. Let liquids stand a moment before serving. When heating baby food, stir well and test the temperature before serving.

Adding Moisture

Microwave energy is attracted to water molecules. Food that is uneven in moisture content should be covered or allowed to stand so that the heat disperses evenly. Add a small amount of water to dry food to help it cook.

General Tips

• Dense foods, such as potatoes, take longer to heat than lighter foods. Foods with a delicate texture should be heated at a low power level to avoid becoming tough.

Altitude and the type of cookware you are using can affect cooking time. When using a new recipe, use the minimum cooking time and check the food occasionally to prevent overcooking.

Foods with a non-porous skin or shell, such as potatoes, eggs, or hot dogs, should be pierced to prevent bursting.

Frying with heating oil or fat is not recommended. Fat and oil can suddenly boil over and cause severe burns.

Some ingredients heat faster than others. For example, the jelly inside a jelly doughnut will be hotter than the dough. Keep this in mind to avoid burns.

Home canning in the microwave oven is not recommended because all harmful bacteria may not be destroyed by the microwave heating process.

Although microwaves do not heat the cookware, the heat is often transferred to the cookware. Always use pot holders when removing food from the microwave and instruct children to do the same.

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Cooking Instructions

Cooking Guide

GUIDE for Cooking Meat in Your Microwave

Place meat on a microwave-safe roasting rack in a microwave-safe dish.

Start meat fat-side down. Use narrow strips of aluminum foil to shield any bone tips or thin meat areas.

Check the temperature in several places before letting the meat stand the recommended time.

The following temperatures are removal temperatures. The temperature of the food will rise during the standing time.

Food

Cook Time/Power Level

Directions

 

 

 

Roast Beef

Cooking Time:

Place roast fat-side down on

Boneless

7-10 min. / lb. for 115° F -

roasting rack. Cover with wax

 

Rare

paper. Turn over when cooking

Up to 4 lbs.

8-11 min. / lb. for 120° F -

time is half up. Let stand 10

 

Medium

min.

 

9-14 min. / lb. for 145° F -

 

 

Well Done

 

 

Power Level: High(Hi)

 

 

for first 5 min., then

 

 

Medium(50).

 

Pork

Cooking Time:

Place roast fat-side down on

Boneless

8-12 min. / lb. for 160° F

roasting rack. Cover with

or bone-in

Well Done

vented plastic wrap. Turn over

 

Power Level: High(Hi)

when cooking time is half up.

Up to 4 lbs.

Let stand 10 min.

 

for first 5 min., then

 

 

Medium(50).

 

Bacon

Cooking Time:

Arrange slices on roasting rack

 

2 slices: 1½- 2 min.

or a dish lined with paper-

2-6 slices

4 slices: 2½3½ min.

towel. Cover with paper towel.

 

6 slices: 4-5½ min.

Microwave until crisp.

 

Power Level: High(Hi).

 

 

 

 

GUIDE for Cooking Poultry in Your Microwave

Place poultry on a microwave-safe roasting rack in a microwave-safe dish.

Cover poultry with wax paper to prevent spattering.

Use aluminum foil to shield bone tips, thin meat areas, or areas that start to overcook.

• Check the temperature in several places before letting the poultry stand the recommended time.

Food

Cook Time/Power Level

Directions

 

 

 

Whole

Cooking Time:

Place chicken breast-side down

Chicken

8-11 min. / lb. 170° -180°F

on roasting rack. Cover with

 

Power Level: High(Hi).

wax paper. Turn over when

Up to 4

cooking time is half up. Cook

lbs.

 

until juices run clear and meat

 

 

near the bone is no longer pink.

 

 

Let stand 5-10 min.

Chicken

Cooking Time:

Place chicken bone-side down

Pieces

6-9 min. / lb.

on dish, with the thickest

 

180°F dark meat

portions towards the outside of

Up to 2

170°F light meat

the dish. Cover with wax paper.

lbs.

Power Level: High(Hi).

Turn over when cooking time is

 

 

half up. Cook until juices run

 

 

clear and meat near the bone is

 

 

no longer pink. Let stand 5-10

 

 

min.

 

 

 

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Cooking Instructions

Guide for Cooking Seafood in Your Microwave

Cook fish until it flakes easily with a fork.

Place fish on a microwave-safe roasting rack in a microwave-safe dish.

Use a tight cover to steam fish. A lighter cover of wax paper or paper towel provides less steaming.

Do not overcook fish; check it at minimum cooking time.

Food

Cook Time/Power

Directions

Level

 

 

 

 

 

Steaks

Cooking Time:

Arrange steaks on roasting rack

 

6-9 min. / lb.

with meaty portions towards the

Up to

Power Level: Medium-

outside of rack. Cover with wax

1.5 lbs.

paper. Turn over and rearrange

 

High(70).

when cooking time is half up. Cook

 

 

until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

 

Let stand 3-5 min.

Fillets

Cooking Time:

Arrange fillets in a baking dish,

 

3-7 min. / lb

turning any thin pieces under.

Up to

Power Level: High(Hi).

Cover with wax paper. If over 1/2

1.5 lbs.

inch thick, turn over and rearrange

 

 

when cooking time is half up. Cook

 

 

until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

 

Let stand 2-3 min.

Shrimp

Cooking Time:

Arrange shrimp in a baking dish

 

3-6 min. / lb.

without overlapping or layering.

Up to

Power Level: High(Hi).

Cover with wax paper. Cook until

1.5 lbs.

firm and opaque, stirring 2 or 3

 

 

times. Let stand 5 min.

 

 

 

Guide for Cooking Eggs in Your Microwave

Never cook eggs in the shell, and never warm hard-cooked eggs in the shell; they can explode.

Always pierce whole eggs to keep them from bursting.

Cook eggs just until set; they become tough if overcooked.

Guide for Cooking Vegetables in Your Microwave

Vegetables should be washed just before cooking. Often, no extra

water is needed. If dense vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and green beans are being cooked, add about ¼ cup water.

Small vegetables (sliced carrots, peas, lima beans, etc.) will cook faster than larger ones.

Whole vegetables, such as potatoes, acorn squash or corn on the cob, should be arranged in a circle on the turntable before cooking. They will cook more evenly if turned over after half the cooking time.

Always place vegetables like asparagus and broccoli with the stem ends pointing towards the edge of the dish and the tips toward the center.

When cooking cut vegetables, always cover the dish with a lid or

vented microwavable plastic wrap.

Whole, unpeeled vegetables such as potatoes, squash, eggplant, etc., should have their skin pricked in several spots before cooking to prevent them from bursting.

For more even cooking, stir or rearrange whole vegetables halfway through the cooking time.

Generally, the denser the food, the longer the standing time. (Standing time refers to the time necessary for dense, large foods and vegetables to finish cooking after they come out of the oven.) A baked potato can stand on the counter for five minutes before cooking is completed, while a dish of peas can be served immediately.

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