Microwave Oven
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Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . .2–10
Operating Instructions
Owner’s Manual
JES1139
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . .31, 32
Changing the Power Level . . . .16
Convenience Features . . . . .23–26
Features of Your
Microwave Oven . . . . . . . . . .12–15
Microwave Terms . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Other Features . . . . . . . . . . .27–29
Time Features . . . . . . . . . . . .17–22
Troubleshooting Tips . . . . . .33, 34
Things That Are Normal
With Your Microwave Oven . . . .34
Consumer Support
Consumer Support . . .Back Cover
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
Write the model and serial numbers here:
Model # ________________________
Serial # ________________________
Find these numbers on a label inside
the oven.
DE68-03317A 49-40533 09-06 JR
Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
For your safety, the information in this manual must be
followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion, electric
shock, or to prevent property damage, personal injury, or
loss of life.
Operating Instructions
PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID POSSIBLE
EXPOSURE TO EXCESSIVE
MICROWAVE ENERGY
■ 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.
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■ Do Not Place any object
between the oven front
face and the door or allow
soil or cleaner residue to
accumulate on sealing
surfaces.
■ 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),
and latches
2 hinges
(broken or loosened),
seals and sealing
3 door
surfaces.
■ The Oven Should Not
be adjusted or repaired by
anyone except properly
qualified service personnel.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
When using electrical appliances basic safety
precautions should be followed, including the following:
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■ Read and follow the specific
precautions in the Precautions
to Avoid Possible Exposure to
Excessive Microwave Energy
section above.
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■ This appliance must be
grounded. Connect only
to a properly grounded
outlet. See the Grounding
Instructions section on page 8.
■ Install or locate this appliance
only in accordance with
the provided Installation
Instructions.
■ Be certain to place the front
surface of the door three
inches or more back from
the countertop edge to avoid
accidental tipping of the
appliance in normal usage.
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Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this
Owner’s Manual.
■ Do not let power cord hang over
edge of table or counter.
■ Do not mount this appliance over
a sink.
■ To reduce the risk of fire in the
oven cavity:
■ Do not mount the microwave oven
over or near any portion of a heating
or cooking appliance.
— Do not overcook food. Carefully
attend appliance when paper, plastic
or other combustible materials are
placed inside the oven while cooking.
■ Do not store anything directly on top
of the microwave oven surface when
the microwave oven is in operation.
■ Do not operate this appliance if it has
a damaged power cord or plug, if it is
not working properly or if it has been
damaged or dropped.
■ Do not cover or block any openings
on the appliance.
■ Do not store this appliance outdoors.
Do not use this product near water—
for example, in a wet basement, near
a swimming pool, near a sink or in
similar locations.
■ Do not immerse power cord or
plug in water.
— Do not use the oven for storage
purposes. Do not leave paper
products, cooking utensils or food
in the oven when not in use.
— If materials inside the oven ignite,
keep the oven door closed, turn the
oven off and disconnect the power
cord, or shut off power at the fuse or
circuit breaker panel. If the door is
opened, the fire may spread.
■ See door surface cleaning instructions
in the Care and cleaning of the
microwave oven section of this manual.
■ GE does not support any servicing
of the microwave. We strongly
recommend that you do not attempt
to service the microwave yourself.
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■ Keep power cord away from heated
surfaces.
— Remove wire twist-ties and metal
handles from paper or plastic
containers before placing them in
the oven.
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■ Use this appliance only for its
intended use as described in this
manual. Do not use corrosive
chemicals or vapors in this appliance.
This microwave oven is specifically
designed to heat, dry or cook food,
and is not intended for laboratory
or industrial use.
Operating Instructions
■ This microwave oven is not approved
or tested for marine use.
■ As with any appliance, close
supervision is necessary when
used by children.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
ARCING
Operating Instructions
If you see arcing, press the CLEAR/OFF pad and correct
the problem.
Arcing is the microwave term
for sparks in the oven. Arcing
is caused by:
■ Metal, such as twist-ties,
poultry pins or gold-rimmed
dishes, in the microwave.
■ Metal or foil touching the
side of the oven.
■ Recycled paper towels
containing small metal pieces
being used in the microwave.
■ Foil not molded to food
(upturned edges act like
antennas).
FOODS
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■ Do not pop popcorn in your
microwave oven unless in a
special microwave popcorn
accessory or unless you use
popcorn labeled for use in
microwave ovens.
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■ Some products such as
whole eggs and sealed
containers—for example,
closed jars—are able to
explode and should not be
heated in this microwave
oven. Such use of the
microwave oven could
result in injury.
■ Do not boil eggs in a
microwave oven. Pressure
will build up inside egg yolk
and will cause it to burst,
possibly resulting in injury.
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■ Operating the microwave
with no food inside for more
than a minute or two may
cause damage to the oven
and could start a fire.
It increases the heat around
the magnetron and can
shorten the life of the oven.
■ Foods with unbroken outer
“skin” such as potatoes, hot
dogs, sausages, tomatoes,
apples, chicken livers and
other giblets, and egg yolks
should be pierced to allow
steam to escape during
cooking.
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■
SUPERHEATED WATER
To reduce the risk of injury
to persons:
— Do not overheat the liquid.
— Do not use straight-sided
containers with narrow necks.
— After heating, allow the
container to stand in the
microwave oven for a short
time before removing the
container.
— Use extreme care when
inserting a spoon or other
utensil into the container.
■ Don’t defrost frozen
beverages in narrow-necked
bottles (especially carbonated
beverages). Even if the
container is opened, pressure
can build up. This can
cause the container to burst,
possibly resulting in injury.
■ Hot foods and steam can
cause burns. Be careful when
opening any containers of hot
food, including popcorn bags,
cooking pouches and boxes.
To prevent possible injury,
direct steam away from hands
and face.
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— Stir the liquid both before
and halfway through
heating it.
Operating Instructions
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.
■ Avoid heating baby food in
glass jars, even with the lid off.
Make sure all infant food is
thoroughly cooked. Stir food
to distribute the heat evenly.
Be careful to prevent scalding
when warming formula. The
container may feel cooler
than the formula really is.
Always test the formula
before feeding the baby.
■ Do not overcook potatoes.
They could dehydrate and
catch fire, causing damage
to your oven.
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■ Cook meat and poultry
thoroughly—meat to
at least an INTERNAL
temperature of 160°F
and poultry to at least an
INTERNAL temperature
of 180°F. Cooking to these
temperatures usually protects
against foodborne illness.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
MICROWAVE-SAFE COOKWARE
Operating Instructions
Make sure all cookware used in
your microwave oven is suitable
for microwaving. Most glass
casseroles, cooking dishes,
measuring cups, custard cups,
pottery or china dinnerware
which does not have metallic
trim or glaze with a metallic
sheen can be used. Some
cookware is labeled “suitable
for microwaving.”
Troubleshooting Tips
■ If you are not sure if a dish is
microwave-safe, use this test:
Place in the oven both the
dish you are testing and a
glass measuring cup filled
with 1 cup of water—set the
measuring cup either in or
next to the dish. Microwave
1 minute at high. If the dish
heats, it should not be used
for microwaving.
If the dish remains cool
and only the water in the
cup heats, then the dish
is microwave-safe.
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■ If you use a meat
thermometer while cooking,
make sure it is safe for use
in microwave ovens.
■ Do not use recycled paper
products. Recycled paper
towels, napkins and waxed
paper can contain metal
flecks which may cause arcing
or ignite. Paper products
containing nylon or nylon
filaments should be avoided,
as they may also ignite.
■ Some styrofoam trays (like
those that meat is packaged
on) have a thin strip of metal
embedded in the bottom.
When microwaved, the metal
can burn the floor of the
oven or ignite a paper towel.
■ Do not use the microwave
to dry newspapers.
■ Not all plastic wrap is suitable
for use in microwave ovens.
Check the package for
proper use.
■ Paper towels, waxed paper
and plastic wrap can be used
to cover dishes in order to
retain moisture and prevent
spattering. Be sure to vent
plastic wrap so steam can
escape.
■ Cookware may become hot
because of heat transferred
from the heated food. Pot
holders may be needed to
handle the cookware.
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Follow these guidelines:
1
Use microwave-safe
plastics only and
use them in strict
compliance with the
cookware manufacturer’s
recommendations.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ Use foil only as directed in
this guide. TV dinners may be
microwaved in foil trays less
than 3/4″ high; remove the
top foil cover and return the
tray to the box. When using
foil in the microwave oven,
keep the foil at least 1″ away
from the sides of the oven.
■ Plastic cookware—Plastic
cookware designed for
microwave cooking is very
useful, but should be used
carefully. Even microwave-safe
plastic may not be as tolerant
of overcooking conditions as
are glass or ceramic materials
and may soften or char if
subjected to short periods
of overcooking. In longer
exposures to overcooking,
the food and cookware
could ignite.
Operating Instructions
■ “Boilable” cooking pouches
and tightly closed plastic bags
should be slit, pierced or
vented as directed by package.
If they are not, plastic could
burst during or immediately
after cooking, possibly
resulting in injury. Also,
plastic storage containers
should be at least partially
uncovered because they form
a tight seal. When cooking
with containers tightly
covered with plastic wrap,
remove covering carefully
and direct steam away from
hands and face.
not microwave empty
2 Do
containers.
not permit children
3 Do
to use plastic cookware
without complete
supervision.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of
electric shock.
GROUNDING INSTRUCTIONS
Operating 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 electric current.
This appliance is equipped with a power cord having a grounding
wire with a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an outlet
that is properly installed and grounded.
Consult a qualified electrician or service technician if the grounding
instructions are not completely understood, or if doubt exists as to
whether the appliance is properly grounded.
If the outlet is a standard 2-prong wall outlet, it is your personal
responsibility and obligation to have it replaced with a properly
grounded 3-prong wall outlet.
Troubleshooting Tips
Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third (ground)
prong from the power cord.
We do not recommend using an extension cord with this appliance.
If the power cord is too short, have a qualified electrician or service
technician install an outlet near the appliance. (See WARNING—
EXTENSION CORDS section.)
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For best operation, plug this appliance into its own electrical outlet
to prevent flickering of lights, blowing of fuse or tripping of circuit
breaker.
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ADAPTER PLUGS
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected
infrequently.
(Adapter plugs not
permitted in Canada)
Align large
prongs/slots
TEMPORARY
METHOD
Operating Instructions
Because of potential safety
hazards under certain conditions,
we strongly recommend against the
use of an adapter plug. However,
if you still elect to use an adapter,
where local codes permit,
a TEMPORARY CONNECTION may
be made to a properly grounded
2-prong wall receptacle by the use of
a UL listed adapter which is available
at most local hardware stores.
Ensure proper ground
and firm connection
before use.
The larger slot in the adapter must be aligned with the larger slot in
the wall receptacle to provide proper polarity in the connection of
the power cord.
CAUTION:
Troubleshooting Tips
Attaching the adapter ground terminal to
the wall receptacle cover screw does not ground the appliance unless
the cover screw is metal, and not insulated, and the wall receptacle is
grounded through the house wiring.
You should have the circuit checked by a qualified electrician to
make sure the receptacle is properly grounded.
When disconnecting the power cord from the adapter, always hold
the adapter with one hand. If this is not done, the adapter ground
terminal is very likely to break with repeated use. Should this
happen, DO NOT USE the appliance until a proper ground has
again been established.
Usage situations where appliance’s power cord will be disconnected
frequently.
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Do not use an adapter plug in these situations because frequent
disconnection of the power cord places undue strain on the
adapter and leads to eventual failure of the adapter ground
terminal. You should have the 2-prong wall receptacle replaced
with a 3-prong (grounding) receptacle by a qualified electrician
before using the appliance.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING.
WARNING!
EXTENSION CORDS
A short power supply cord is provided to reduce the risks resulting
from becoming entangled in or tripping over a longer cord.
Operating Instructions
Extension cords may be used if you are careful in using them.
If an extension cord is used—
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2
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The marked electrical rating of the extension cord should be
at least as great as the electrical rating of the appliance;
The extension cord must be a grounding-type 3-wire cord and
it must be plugged into a 3-slot outlet;
The extension cord should be arranged so that it will not drape
over the countertop or tabletop where it can be pulled on by
children or tripped over unintentionally.
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Troubleshooting Tips
If you use an extension cord, the interior light may flicker and the
blower sound may vary when the microwave oven is on. Cooking
times may be longer, too.
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READ AND FOLLOW THIS SAFETY
INFORMATION CAREFULLY.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Operating Instructions
Troubleshooting Tips
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About the features of your microwave oven.
Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.
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Operating Instructions
1100 Watts
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Features of the Oven
Door Latches.
Window with Metal Shield. Screen allows cooking to be
viewed while keeping microwaves confined in the oven.
Convenience Guide.
Operating Instructions
Touch Control Panel Display.
Door Latch Release. Press latch release to open door.
Removable Turntable. Turntable and support must be
in place when using the oven. The turntable may be
removed for cleaning.
NOTE: Rating plate, oven vent(s) and oven light are located on the
inside walls of the microwave oven.
Troubleshooting Tips
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About the features of your microwave oven.
Throughout this manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.
You can microwave by time or with the convenience features.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Operating Instructions
Time Features
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Convenience Features
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Cooking Controls
Check the Convenience Guide before you begin.
Time Features
Enter
TIME COOK
Press once or twice
Amount of cooking time
TIME DEFROST
Amount of defrosting time
ADD 30 SEC.
Starts immediately!
EXPRESS COOK
Starts immediately!
POWER LEVEL
Power level 1–10
Operating Instructions
Press
Convenience Features
Enter
Option
POPCORN
Press once or twice
Starts immediately!
3.5 oz. or 3 oz.
more/less time
BEVERAGE
Press once, twice,
three or four times
Starts immediately!
4 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz.
or 16 oz.
REHEAT
Food type 1–4
Serving size
COOK
Food type 1–6
Serving size
AUTO DEFROST
Food weight
Troubleshooting Tips
Press
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About changing the power level.
The power level may be entered or changed
immediately after entering the feature time for
Time Cook, Time Defrost or Express Cook. The power
level may also be changed during time countdown.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
4
5
Press TIME COOK or TIME DEFROST.
Enter cooking or defrosting time.
Press POWER LEVEL.
Select desired power level 1–10.
Press START/PAUSE.
Troubleshooting Tips
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.
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. Most cooking will be done on High (power level 10)
which gives you 100% power. Power level 10 will cook
faster but food may need more frequent stirring,
rotating or turning over. 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.
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Here are some examples of uses for various power levels:
High 10: Fish, bacon, vegetables, boiling liquids.
Med-High 7: Gentle cooking of meat and poultry;
baking casseroles and reheating.
Medium 5: Slow cooking and tenderizing for stews and
less tender cuts of meat.
Low 2 or 3: Defrosting; simmering; delicate sauces.
Warm 1: Keeping food warm; softening butter.
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About the time features.
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Time Cook
Time Cook I
Allows you to microwave for any time up to 99 minutes
and 99 seconds.
Power level 10 (High) is automatically set, but you may
change it for more flexibility.
Press TIME COOK.
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Press START/PAUSE.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
Enter cooking time.
Change power level if you don’t want full power.
(Press POWER LEVEL. Select a desired power level
1–10.)
You may open the door during Time Cook to check
the food. Close the door and press START/PAUSE to
resume cooking.
Time Cook II
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Lets you change power levels automatically during
cooking. Here’s how to do it:
1 Press TIME COOK.
2 Enter the first cook time.
the power level if you don’t want full power.
3 Change
(Press POWER LEVEL. Select a desired power level
1–10.)
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4 Press TIME COOK again.
5 Enter the second cook time.
the power level if you don’t want full power.
6 Change
(Press POWER LEVEL. Select a desired power level
1–10.)
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Press START/PAUSE.
At the end of Time Cook I, Time Cook II counts down.
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About the time features.
Operating Instructions
Cooking Guide for Time Cook
NOTE: Use power level High (10) unless otherwise noted.
Vegetable
Amount
Time
Asparagus
(fresh spears)
1 lb.
(frozen spears)
10-oz. package
5 to 8 min.,
In 11⁄2-qt. oblong glass baking
Med-High (7) dish, place 1/4 cup water.
4 to 7 min.
In 1-qt. casserole.
Beans
(fresh green)
1 lb. cut in half
10 to 15 min.
(frozen green)
10-oz. package
4 to 8 min.
(frozen lima)
10-oz. package
4 to 8 min.
Beets
(fresh, whole)
1 bunch
16 to 22 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place
1/2 cup water.
1 bunch
(11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
1 bunch
(11⁄4 to 11⁄2 lbs.)
10-oz. package
5 to 9 min.
7 to 11 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place
1/2 cup water.
In 2-qt. oblong glass baking dish,
place 1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole.
10-oz. package
4 to 7 min.
Broccoli
(fresh cut)
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(fresh spears)
(frozen,
chopped)
(frozen spears)
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Cabbage
(fresh)
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4 to 7 min.
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In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place
1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
2 tablespoons water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
3 tablespoons water.
(wedges)
1 medium head 6 to 10 min.
(about 2 lbs.)
5 to 9 min.
In 11⁄2- or 2-qt. casserole, place
1/4 cup water.
In 2- or 3-qt. casserole, place
1/4 cup water.
Carrots
(fresh, sliced)
1 lb.
4 to 8 min.
(frozen)
10-oz. package
3 to 7 min.
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place
1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
2 tablespoons water.
Cauliflower
(flowerets)
1 medium head 7 to 11 min.
(fresh, whole)
1 medium head 7 to 15 min.
(frozen)
10-oz. package
3 to 7 min.
In 2-qt. casserole, place
1/2 cup water.
In 2-qt. casserole, place
1/2 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
2 tablespoons water.
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Amount
Time
Comments
Corn
(frozen kernel)
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
2 tablespoons water.
Corn on the cob
(fresh)
1 to 5 ears
11/4 to 4 min. In 2-qt. glass baking dish, place
per ear
corn. If corn is in husk, use no
water; if corn has been husked,
add 1/4 cup water. Rearrange
after half of time.
3 to 6 min.
Place in 2-qt. oblong glass
baking dish. Cover with vented
2 to 3 min.
plastic wrap. Rearrange after
per ear
half of time.
(frozen)
1 ear
2 to 6 ears
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
3 tablespoons water.
Peas
(fresh, shelled)
2 lbs. unshelled
7 to 10 min.
(frozen)
10-oz. package
2 to 6 min.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
1/4 cup water.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
2 tablespoons water.
Potatoes
(fresh, cubed,
white)
4 potatoes
(6 to 8 oz. each)
9 to 12 min.
1 (6 to 8 oz.)
2 to 4 min.
10 to 16 oz.
3 to 6 min.
10-oz. package
3 to 6 min.
1 lb. sliced
3 to 5 min.
(fresh, whole,
sweet or white)
Spinach
(fresh)
(frozen, chopped
and leaf)
1 or 2 squash
5 to 9 min.
(about 1 lb. each)
Peel and cut into 1-inch cubes.
Place in 2-qt. casserole with 1/2
cup water. Stir after half of time.
Pierce with cooking fork. Place
in center of the oven. Let stand
5 minutes.
In 2-qt. casserole, place washed
spinach.
In 1-qt. casserole, place
3 tablespoons water.
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Squash
(fresh, summer
and yellow)
(winter, acorn
or butternut)
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Mixed
vegetables
(frozen)
Operating Instructions
Vegetable
In 11⁄2-qt. casserole, place 1/4
cup water.
Cut in half and remove fibrous
membranes. In 2-qt. oblong
glass baking dish, place squash
cut-side-down. Turn cut-side-up
after 4 minutes.
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About the time features.
Time Defrost
Allows you to defrost for a selected length of time.
See the Defrosting Guide for suggested times.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
Press TIME DEFROST.
Enter defrosting time.
Press START/PAUSE.
Power level is automatically set at 3, but can be changed.
You can defrost small items quickly by raising the power
level after entering the time. Power level 7 cuts the total
defrosting time in about half; power level 10 cuts the
total time to approximately 1/3. However, food will
need more frequent attention than usual.
A dull thumping noise may be heard during defrosting.
This is normal when oven is not operating at High power.
Defrosting Tips
Troubleshooting Tips
■ Foods frozen in paper or plastic can be defrosted in
the package. Closed packages should be slit, pierced
or vented AFTER food has partially defrosted. Plastic
storage containers should be partially uncovered.
■ Family-size, prepackaged frozen dinners can be
defrosted and microwaved. If the food is in a foil
container, transfer it to a microwave-safe dish.
■ Foods that spoil easily should not be allowed to sit
out for more than one hour after defrosting. Room
temperature promotes the growth of harmful
bacteria.
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■ For more even defrosting of larger foods, such as
roasts, use Auto Defrost. Be sure large meats are
completely defrosted before cooking.
■ When defrosted, food should be cool but softened
in all areas. If still slightly icy, return to the microwave
very briefly, or let it stand a few minutes.
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Defrosting Guide
Food
Time
Breads, Cakes
Bread, buns or rolls (1 piece) 1/4 min.
Sweet rolls (approx. 12 oz.) 2 to 4 min.
Fish and Seafood
Fillets, frozen (1 lb.)
6 to 9 min.
Shellfish, small pieces (1 lb.) 3 to 7 min.
Franks (1 lb.)
2 to 5 min.
Ground meat (1 lb.)
Roast: beef, lamb, veal, pork
4 to 6 min.
9 to 13 min.
per lb.
4 to 8 min.
per lb.
Chicken, whole
(21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Turkey breast (4 to 6 lbs.)
Place unwrapped meat in cooking
dish. Turn over after first half of time
and shield warm areas with foil.
After second half of time, separate
pieces with table knife. Let stand to
complete defrosting.
14 to 20 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. Unwrap
and turn over after first half of time.
After second half of time, separate pieces
and place in cooking dish. Microwave
2–4 minutes more, if necessary. Let stand
a few minutes to finish defrosting.
20 to 25 min. Place wrapped chicken in dish. After half
the time, unwrap and turn chicken over.
Shield warm areas with foil. To complete
defrosting, run cold water in the cavity
until giblets can be removed.
7 to 13 min. Place unwrapped hen in the oven
per lb.
breast-side-up. Turn over after first half
of time. Run cool water in the cavity until
giblets can be removed.
3 to 8 min.
Place unwrapped breast in microwave-safe
per lb.
dish breast-side-down. After half of time,
turn breast-side-up and shield warm areas
with foil. Defrost for second half of time.
Let stand 1–2 hours in refrigerator to
complete defrosting.
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Cornish hen
Place unopened package in oven.
Let stand 5 minutes after defrosting.
Place unopened package in oven.
Microwave just until franks can be
separated. Let stand 5 minutes,
if necessary, to complete defrosting.
Turn meat over after first half of time.
Use power level 1.
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2 to 5 min.
Poultry
Chicken, broiler-fryer
cut up (21⁄2 to 3 lbs.)
Place block in casserole. Turn over and
break up after half the time.
1 to 5 min.
Meat
Bacon (1 lb.)
Steaks, chops and cutlets
Rearrange after half the time.
Operating Instructions
Fruit
Plastic pouch—1 or 2
(10-oz. package)
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About the time features.
Express Cook
This is a quick way to set cooking time for 1–6 minutes.
Press one of the Express Cook pads (from 1 to 6) for
1–6 minutes of cooking at power level 10. For example,
press the 2 pad for 2 minutes of cooking time.
Operating Instructions
The power level can be changed as time is counting
down. Press POWER LEVEL and enter 1–10.
Add 30 Seconds
You can use this feature two ways:
■ It will add 30 seconds to the time counting down
each time the pad is pressed.
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Troubleshooting Tips
■ It can be used as a quick way to set 30 seconds of
cooking time.
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About the convenience
features.
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Popcorn
To use the Popcorn feature:
(less time)
Follow package instructions, using Time Cook
if the package is less than 3.0 ounces or larger than
3.5 ounces. Place the package of popcorn
in the center of the microwave.
2
Press POPCORN once for a 3.5 ounce package of
popcorn or twice for a 3.0 ounce package. The
oven starts immediately.
(more time)
Use only with prepackaged
microwave popcorn weighing
3.0 to 3.5 ounces.
Operating Instructions
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How to Adjust the Popcorn Program to Provide a Shorter
or Longer Cook Time
If you find that the brand of popcorn you use
underpops or overcooks consistently, you can add or
subtract 20 seconds to the automatic popping time.
To add time:
After pressing POPCORN, press 9 immediately after
the oven starts for an extra 20 seconds.
Troubleshooting Tips
To subtract time:
After pressing POPCORN, press 1 immediately after
the oven starts for 20 seconds less cooking time.
Beverage
To use the Beverage feature:
Press BEVERAGE once for a 4 oz. beverage, twice for
an 8 oz. beverage, three times for a 12 oz. beverage or
four times for a 16 oz. beverage.
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Drinks heated with the Beverage feature may be very hot.
Remove the container with care.
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About the convenience features.
Reheat
The Reheat feature reheats many previously
cooked foods.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
Press REHEAT.
Select food type 1–4 for one serving (see Reheat
Guide below).
For food types 1–3, press 1–4 to reheat 1–4
servings. The oven starts immediately.
NOTE: The serving size may be changed or added
immediately after the oven starts by pressing number
pads 1, 2 or 3. Serving size for food type 4 cannot be
changed.
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Troubleshooting Tips
Reheat Guide
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Food Type
Comments
1 Beverage
Use wide-mouth mug.
2 Pasta
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
3 Vegetables
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
4 Dinner Plate
Cover with vented plastic wrap.
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Cook
The Cook feature automatically sets the cooking times
and power levels for a variety of foods.
Press COOK.
Select food type 1–6 (see the Cook Guide below).
Enter serving size.
Press START/PAUSE.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
4
Hint: Press and hold the COOK pad during cooking to display
the food type and remaining cook time.
Cook Guide
1 Bacon
1–4
Layer strips on a plate, 4 to a layer.
Cover each layer with a paper towel.
2 Potatoes
1–4
Pierce skin with fork. Place potatoes
on the turntable.
3 Canned Vegetables
1–4
Use microwave-safe casserole or bowl.
Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap.
4 Fresh Vegetables
1–4
Use microwave-safe casserole or bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons water for each
serving. Cover with lid or vented
plastic wrap.
5 Frozen Vegetables
1–4
Use microwave-safe casserole or
bowl. Follow package instructions
for adding water. Cover with lid or
vented plastic wrap.
6 Pizza
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Servings
Troubleshooting Tips
Food Type
Follow package instructions to
prepare pizza for microwaving.
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Safety Information
About the convenience features.
Auto Defrost
Use Auto Defrost for meat, poultry and fish. Use Time
Defrost for most other frozen foods.
Operating Instructions
Auto Defrost automatically sets the defrosting times and
power levels to give even defrosting results for meats,
poultry and fish.
1
2
Press AUTO DEFROST.
3
Press START/PAUSE.
Using the Conversion Guide below, enter food weight.
For example, press pads 1 and 2 for 1.2 pounds
(1 pound, 3 ounces).
There is a handy guide located on the inside front of the oven.
Guide
■ Remove meat from package and place on microwavesafe dish.
■ Twice during defrost, the oven signals “turn.” At each
“turn” signal, turn the food over. Remove defrosted
meat or shield warm areas with small pieces of foil.
Troubleshooting Tips
■ After defrosting, most meats need to stand 5 minutes
to complete defrosting. Large roasts should stand for
about 30 minutes.
Conversion Guide
If the weight of food is stated in pounds and ounces, the ounces
must be converted to tenths (.1) of a pound.
Weight of Food in Ounces
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1–2
3
4–5
6–7
8
9–10
11
12–13
14–15
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Enter Food Weight
(tenths of a pound)
.1
.2
.3
.4
.5
.6
.7
.8
.9
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Cooking Complete Reminder
To remind you that you have food in the oven, the oven
will beep once a minute until you either open the oven
door or press CLEAR/OFF.
Clock
1
2
3
Operating Instructions
Press to enter the time of day or to check the time
of day while microwaving.
Press CLOCK.
Enter time of day.
Press START/PAUSE or CLOCK.
Delay Start
Troubleshooting Tips
Delay Start allows you to set the microwave to delay
cooking up to 12 hours.
1
2
3
4
Press DELAY START.
Enter the time you want the oven to start. (Be sure
the microwave clock shows the correct time of day.)
Select your desired cooking program.
Press START/PAUSE.
The Delay Start time will be displayed. The oven will
automatically start at the delayed time.
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The time of day may be displayed by pressing CLOCK.
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Safety Information
About the other features.
Child Lock-Out
You may lock the control panel to prevent the microwave
from being accidentally started or used by children.
Operating Instructions
To lock or unlock the controls, press and hold CLEAR/OFF
for about three seconds. When the control panel is
locked, LOC will be displayed.
START/PAUSE
Consumer Support
Troubleshooting Tips
In addition to starting many functions, START/PAUSE
allows you to stop cooking without opening the door
or clearing the display.
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Kitchen Timer
This pad performs one function:
■ It operates as a minute timer.
The Kitchen Timer operates without microwave energy.
How to Use as a Minute Timer
Press KITCHEN TIMER.
Operating Instructions
1
2
3
Enter the amount of time you want to count down.
Press KITCHEN TIMER. When the time is up, the
kitchen timer will signal.
NOTE: To clear the kitchen timer while it is in countdown
mode, press and hold KITCHEN TIMER for 3 seconds.
Troubleshooting Tips
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Safety Information
Microwave terms.
Term
Definition
Arcing
Arcing is the microwave term for sparks in the oven. Arcing is
caused by:
■ metal or foil touching the side of the oven.
■ foil that is not molded to food (upturned edges act like
antennas).
Operating Instructions
■ metal such as twist-ties, poultry pins, gold-rimmed dishes.
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Troubleshooting Tips
■ recycled paper towels containing small metal pieces.
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Covering
Covers hold in moisture, allow for more even heating and reduce
cooking time. Venting plastic wrap or covering with wax paper
allows excess steam to escape.
Shielding
In a regular oven, you shield chicken breasts or baked foods to
prevent over-browning. When microwaving, you use small strips
of foil to shield thin parts, such as the tips of wings and legs on
poultry, which would cook before larger parts.
Standing Time
When you cook with regular ovens, foods such as roasts or cakes
are allowed to stand to finish cooking or to set. Standing time is
especially important in microwave cooking. Note that a
microwaved cake is not placed on a cooling rack.
Venting
After covering a dish with plastic wrap, you vent the plastic wrap by
turning back one corner so excess steam can escape.
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Care and cleaning of
the microwave oven.
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Helpful Hints
An occasional thorough wiping with a solution of
baking soda and water keeps the inside fresh.
Unplug the cord before cleaning any part of this oven.
Operating Instructions
How to Clean the Inside
Walls, Floor, Inside Window, Metal and Plastic Parts
on the Door
Some spatters can be removed with a paper towel, others
may require a damp cloth. Remove greasy spatters with
a sudsy cloth, then rinse with a damp cloth. Do not use
abrasive cleaners or sharp utensils on oven walls.
To clean the surface of the door and the surface of the oven that
come together upon closing, use only mild, nonabrasive soaps or
detergents using a sponge or soft cloth. Rinse with a damp cloth
and dry.
Troubleshooting Tips
Never use a commercial oven cleaner on any part of your
microwave.
Removable Turntable and Turntable Support
To prevent breakage, do not place the turntable into
water just after cooking. Wash it carefully in warm, sudsy
water or in the dishwasher. The turntable and support
can be broken if dropped. Remember, do not operate
the oven without the turntable and support in place.
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Care and cleaning of the microwave oven.
How to Clean the Outside
Do not use cleaners containing ammonia or alcohol on
the microwave oven. Ammonia or alcohol can damage
the appearance of the microwave.
Case
Operating Instructions
Clean the outside of the microwave with a sudsy cloth.
Rinse and then dry. Wipe the window clean with a
damp cloth.
Control Panel and Door
Wipe with a damp cloth. Dry thoroughly. Do not use
cleaning sprays, large amounts of soap and water,
abrasives or sharp objects on the panel—they can
damage it. Some paper towels can also scratch the
control panel.
Door Surface
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Troubleshooting Tips
It’s important to keep the area clean where the door
seals against the microwave. Use only mild, non-abrasive
detergents applied with a clean sponge or soft cloth.
Rinse well.
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What To Do
Oven will not start
A fuse in your home
may be blown or the
circuit breaker tripped.
• Replace fuse or reset
circuit breaker.
Power surge.
• Unplug the microwave
oven, then plug it back in.
Plug not fully inserted
into wall outlet.
• Make sure the 3-prong
plug on the oven is fully
inserted into wall outlet.
Door not securely closed.
• Open the door and close
securely.
Door not securely closed.
• Open the door and close
securely.
START/PAUSE pad not
pressed after entering
cooking selection.
• Press START/PAUSE.
Another selection entered
already in oven and
CLEAR/OFF pad not
pressed to cancel it.
• Press CLEAR/OFF.
Cooking time not entered
after pressing TIME COOK.
• Make sure you have
entered cooking time
after pressing TIME COOK.
CLEAR/OFF was pressed
accidentally.
• Reset cooking program
and press START/PAUSE.
Food weight not entered
after pressing AUTO
DEFROST.
• Make sure you have
entered food weight
after pressing AUTO
DEFROST.
Food type not entered
after pressing REHEAT
or COOK.
• Make sure you have
entered a food type.
Troubleshooting Tips
Possible Causes
Operating Instructions
Problem
Control panel lighted,
yet oven will not start
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Troubleshooting tips.
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Safety Information
Troubleshooting tips.
Things That Are Normal With Your
Microwave Oven
■ Steam or vapor escaping from around the door.
■ Light reflection around door or outer case.
■ Dimming oven light and change in the blower sound
at power levels other than high.
Operating Instructions
■ Dull thumping sound while oven is operating.
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Troubleshooting Tips
■ TV/radio interference might be noticed while using
the microwave. Similar to the interference caused by
other small appliances, it does not indicate a problem
with the microwave. Plug the microwave into a
different electrical circuit, move the radio or TV as
far away from the microwave as possible, or check
the position and signal of the TV/radio antenna.
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All warranty service provided by our Factory
Service Centers, or an authorized Customer Care®
technician. To schedule service, on-line, 24 hours
a day, visit us at ge.com, or call 800.GE.CARES
(800.432.2737). Please have serial and model
numbers available when calling for service.
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GE Microwave Oven Warranty.
Staple your receipt here.
Proof of the original
purchase date is needed
to obtain service under
the warranty.
GE Will Replace:
One Year
From the date of the
original purchase
Any part of the microwave oven which fails due
to a defect in materials or workmanship. During this
limited one-year warranty, GE will also provide,
free of charge, all labor and related service to replace
the defective part.
Operating Instructions
For The Period Of:
For the above limited warranty: To avoid any trip charges, you must take the microwave oven
to a General Electric Customer Care ® servicer and pick it up following service. In-home service is also
available, but you must pay for the service technician’s travel costs to your home.
What GE Will Not Cover:
■ Replacement of house fuses or
resetting of circuit breakers.
■ Damage to the product caused by
accident, fire, floods or acts of God.
■ Incidental or consequential damage
caused by possible defects with this
appliance.
■ Damage caused after delivery.
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■ Service trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
■ Improper installation, delivery or
maintenance.
■ Product not accessible to provide
required service.
■ Failure of the product or damage to
the product if it is abused, misused
(for example, cavity arcing from wire
rack or metal/foil), or used for other
than the intended purpose or used
commercially.
EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES—Your sole and exclusive remedy is
product repair as provided in this Limited Warranty. Any implied warranties,
including the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular
purpose, are limited to one year or the shortest period allowed by law.
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This warranty is extended to the original purchaser and any succeeding owner for products purchased
for home use within the USA. If the product is located in an area where service by a GE Authorized
Servicer is not available, you may be responsible for a trip charge or you may be required to bring the
product to an Authorized GE Service Location for service. In Alaska, the warranty excludes the service
calls to your home.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages. This
warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to
state. To know what your legal rights are, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your
state’s Attorney General.
Warrantor: General Electric Company. Louisville, KY 40225
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