LG | MS-2357AR | LG MS-2357AR Owner’s Manual

MICROWAVE OVEN
OWNER’S MANUAL
PLEASE READ THIS OWNER’S MANUAL THOROUGHLY BEFORE OPERATING.
MS-2357AR
Precautions
Precautions to avoid possible exposure to excessive microwave energy.
When heating liquids, e.g. soups, sauces and beverages in your microwave
oven, overheating the liquid beyond boiling point can occur without
evidence of bubbling. This could result in a sudden boil over of the hot
liquid. To prevent this possibility the following steps should be taken:
You cannot operate your oven with the door open due to the safety interlocks
built into the door mechanism. These safety interlocks automatically switch off
any cooking activity when the door is opened; which in the case of a
microwave oven could result in harmful exposure to microwave energy.
It is important not to tamper with the safety interlocks.
1 Avoid using straight sided containers with narrow necks.
Do not place any object between the oven front face and the door or allow
food or cleaner residue to accumulate on sealing surfaces.
2 Do not overheat.
3 Stir the liquid before placing the container in the oven and again halfway
through the heating time.
Do not operate your oven if it is damaged. It is particularly important that the
oven door closes properly and that there is no damage to the: (1) door(bent),
(2) hinges and latches (broken or loosened), (3) door seals and sealing
surfaces.
4 After heating, allow to stand in the oven for a short time, stir or shake
them again carefully and check the temperature of them before
consumption to avoid burns (especially, contents of feeding bottles and
baby food jars).
Be careful when handling the container.
Your oven should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except qualified
service personnel.
Warning
Warning
Please ensure cooking times are correctly set as
over cooking may result in the FOOD catching fire
and subsequent damage to your oven.
Always allow food to stand after being cooked by
microwaves and check the temperature of them
before consumption. Especially contents of feeding
bottles and baby food jars.
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Contents
How the Microwave Oven Works
Precautions
Contents
Unpacking & Installing
Setting the Clock
Child Lock
Micro Power Cooking
Micro Power Level
Two Stage Cooking
Quick Start
Quick Menu
Auto Cook
Auto Defrost
Quick Defrost
Auto Reheat
More or Less Cooking
Heating or Reheating Guide
Fresh Vegetable Guide
Important safety instructions
Microwave - safe Utensils
Food characteristics & Microwave cooking
Questions & Answers
Plug Wiring Information/Technical Specifications
Microwaves are a form of energy similar to radio and television waves and
ordinary daylight. Normally, microwaves spread outwards as they travel
through the atmosphere and disappear without effect. Microwave ovens,
however, have a magnetron which is designed to make use of the energy in
microwaves. Electricity, supplied to the magnetron tube, is used to created
microwave energy.
These microwaves enter the cooking area through openings inside the oven.
A turntable or tray is located at the bottom of the oven. Microwaves cannot
pass through metal walls of the oven, but they can penetrate such materials
as glass, porcelain and paper, the materials out of which microwave-safe
cooking dishes are constructed.
Microwaves do not heat cookware. though cooking vessels will eventually
get hot from the heat generated by the food.
A very safe appliance
Your microwave oven is one of the safest of all home
appliances. When the door is opened, the oven
automatically stops producing microwaves. Microwave
energy is converted completely to heat when it enters
food, leaving no “left over” energy to harm you when
you eat your food.
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Unpacking &
Installing
By following the basic steps on these two pages you will be able to quickly check if your oven is operating
properly. Please pay particular attention to the guidance on where to install your oven. When unpacking your
oven make sure to remove all accessories and packaging. Check to make sure your oven has not been
damaged during delivery.
Place the oven in the level location of your choice with
more than 85cm height and make sure there is at least
30cm of space on the top and 10cm at the rear for proper
ventilation. The front of the oven should be at least 8cm from the
edge of the surface to prevent tipping.
An exhaust outlet is located on top or side of the oven. Blocking
the outlet can damage the oven.
Unpack your oven and place it on a flat level
surface.
GLASS TRAY
ROLLER REST
THIS OVEN SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL
CATERING PURPOSES
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Plug your oven into a standard household socket.
Make sure your oven is the only appliance connected
to the socket. If your oven does not operate properly, unplug it
from the electrical socket and re-plug it back in.
Fill a microwave safe container with
300 ml of water. Place it on the
GLASS TRAY and close the oven door. If you
have doubts about what type of container to
use, please refer to page26.
Open your oven door by pulling the DOOR
HANDLE. Place the ROTATING RING inside the oven
and place the GLASS TRAY of it.
Press the START
button once
to set 30 seconds
of cooking
30
time. When
SECONDS
you press the
button,you will
hear a BEEP sound and your
oven will start cooking
automatically.
The LED screen will show the count down of
the cooking time from 30 seconds.
When it recahes 0, it will BEEP.Open the oven
door and test the temperature of the water. If you oven
is operating properly the water shuold be warm. Be
careful when removing the container, it may be hot.
YOUR OVEN IS NOW INSTALLED
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Setting the
Clock
You can set the clock in either 12 hour clock setting or 24 hour clock.
In the following example, we will show you how to set the time for 14:35 using 24 hour clock setting.
Make sure you have removed all the packaging from your oven.
Make sure you have correctly installed your oven as described
earlier in this book.
Press Stop/Clear.
When your oven is plugged in for the
first time or when power resumes after a
power cut, a ‘0’ will be shown in the
display; you have to reset the clock.
If the clock (or display) shows any
strange looking symbols, unplug your
oven from the electrical socket and plug
it back in and reset the clock.
Press Clock once.
(If you want to use a 12 hour clock setting, Press Clock one more time.
If you want to change to different option after setting the clock,
you have to of the power and on it again.)
Press 10 min fifteen times.
Press 1 min three times.
Press 10 sec five times.
During clock setting, the colon will flash,
After setting, the colon will stop flashing.
Press Clock or Start/Quick Start to set the time.
The clock starts running.
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Micro Power
Level
Your microwave oven is equipped with 5 power levels to give you maximum flexibility and control over cooking.
The table below shows the examples of food and their recommended cooking power levels for use with this
microwave oven.
POWER LEVEL
USE
POWER LEVEL
(%)
POWER OUTPUT
HIGH
* Boil Water
* Brown minced beef
* Cook poultry pieces, fish, vegetables
* Cook tender cuts of meat
100%
850W
MEDIUM HIGH
* All reheating
* Roast meat and poultry
* Cook mushrooms and shellfish
* Cook foods containing cheese and eggs
80%
680W
MEDIUM
* Bake cakes and scones
* Prepare eggs
* Cook custard
* Prepare rice, soup
60%
510W
DEFROST/
MEDIUM LOW
* All thawing
* Melt butter and chocolate
* Cook less tender cuts of meat
40%
340W
LOW
* Soften butter & cheese
* Soften ice cream
* Raise yeast dough
20%
170W
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In the following example I will show you how to set 2 minutes of cooking on high power.
Press Stop/Clear.
The QUICK START feature allows you to
set 30 seconds intervals of HIGH power
cooking with a touch of the Start/Quick
Start.
Press Start/Quick Start four times to select 2 minutes on HIGH power.
Your oven will start before you have finished the fourth press.
During QUICK START cooking, you can extend the cooking time up to
10 minutes by repeatedly pressing the Start/Quick Start key.
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Quick
Start
FOOD CATEGORY WEIGHT LIMIT
1. OATMEAL
1- 4 serves
UTENSILS
FOOD TEMP.
Microwavesafe bowl
Room
INSTRUCTIONS
Place the oats and milk in a deep microwave- safe bowl.
Cook uncovered. The oven will beep, stir the oats well and press start to
continue. After cooking, stir well and stand for 1 minute before serving.
Oats 1 package
Approx. 40g
Cold Milk
2. PASTA
0. 1 kg - 0. 3 kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Room
1 serve
1/3 cup
(1 package)
3/4 cup
(180ml)
2 serves
2/3 cups
(2 packages)
1 1/2 cups
(360ml)
3 serves
1 cup
(3 packages)
2 1/2 cups
(540ml)
4 serves
1 1/3 cups
(4 packages)
3 cups
(720ml)
Place pasta and boiling water with 1/4 to 1 teaspoon salt in a deep and large bowl.
Weight
0.1kg
0.2kg
0.3kg
Boiling water
400ml
700ml
1000ml
Cover
No
Cook uncovered. The oven will beep, stir the pasta well and press start to continue. After
cooking, stir and stand for 1 minute if required. Rinse pasta with cold water.
3. BAKED BEAN,
REHEAT
0.2 kg - 0. 8 kg
Microwavesafe dish
Room
Pour beans into the microwave- safe dish. Cover.
Place dish on the glass tray.
After reheating, stir and then stand for 1- 2 minutes with cover.
4. HOTDOG
INCLUDING
BRINE
0.2 kg - 0. 6kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Room
Place contents of can including brine in a microwave- save bowl.
Heat uncovered. After heating, stir well. Drain and serve.
5. STEW
0.2 kg - 0.6 kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Room
Place stew in a microwave- save bowl. Cover with wrap loosely.
After heating, stir well and stand for 2 minutes.
1- 4 eggs
Microwavesafe bowl
Refrigerated
6. SCRAMBLED
EGG
Place desired number of eggs and milk into a large bowl. Whisk slightly.
Cover with wrap. After cooking, remove from the oven.
Stir well and stand for 1- 2 minutes with cover until firm.
Add amount of milk according to the quantity.
** 1 egg : 1 Tablespoon of milk
2 eggs : 2 Tablespoons of milk
3 eggs : 3 Tablespoons of milk
4 eggs : 4 Tablespoons of milk
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FOOD CATEGORY WEIGHT LIMIT
UTENSILS
FOOD TEMP.
INSTRUCTIONS
1. JACKET
POTATO
0.2 kg ~ 1.0 kg
_
Room
Choose medium sized potatoes 170 -200g.
Wash and dry potatoes. Pierce the potatoes several times with fork. Place the potatoes on
the glass turntable. Adjust weight and press start. After cooking, remove the potatoes from
the oven. Let stand covered with foil for 5 minutes.
2. FRESH
VEGETABLE
0.2 kg ~ 0.8 kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Room
Place vegetables in a microwave-safe bowl. Add water.
Cover with wrap. After cooking, stir and allow to stand for
2 minutes. Add amount of water according to the quantity.
** 0.2kg - 0.4kg : 2 Tablespoon
** 0.5kg - 0.8kg : 4 Tablespoon
3. FROZEN
VEGETABLE
0.2 kg ~ 0.8 kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Frozen
Place vegetables in a microwave-safe bowl. Add water.
Cover with wrap. After cooking, stir and allow to stand for
2 minutes. Add amount of water according to the quantity.
** 0.2kg - 0.4kg : 2 Tablespoon
** 0.5kg - 0.8kg : 4 Tablespoon
4. RICE
0.1 kg ~ 0.3 kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Room
Wash rice. Darin water.
Place rice & boiling water in a deep and large bowl.
Weight
0.1kg
0.2kg
0.3kg
Boiling water
200ml
400ml
600ml
Cover
Yes /Vent corner
** Rice - After cooking, stand covered for 5 minutes or until water is absorbed.
5.FRESH FISH
0.2 kg ~ 0.6kg
Microwavesafe dish
Room
Whole fish, steaks
- Oily fish : salmon, mackerel
- White fish : cod, haddock
Arrange in a single layer in a large microwave-safe flan dish.
Cover dish tightly with plastic wrap and pierce in several places.
Place on the glass turntable. Adjust weight and press start.
After cooking, remove the dish from the oven. Allow to stand for 3 minutes before serving.
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AUTO WEIGHT DEFROST GUIDE
* Food to be defrosted should be in a suitable microwave proof container and place uncovered on the glass turntable.
* If necessary, shield small areas of meat or poultry with flat pieces of aluminum foil. This will prevent thin areas becoming warm during defrosting.
Ensure the foil does not touch the oven walls.
* Separate items like minced meat, chops, sausages and bacon as soon as possible.
* When BEEP, at this point remove the food from the microwave oven, turn the food over and return to the microwave oven. Press start to continue.
At the end of the program, remove the food from the microwave oven, cover with foil and allow to stand until completely thawed.
To thaw completely , for example joints of meat and whole chickens should STAND for a minimum of 1 hour before cooking.
CATEGORY
WEIGHT LIMIT
UTENSIL
Meat
0.1 ~ 4.0 kg
Microwave ware
(Flat plate)
Poultry
Fish
FOOD
Meat
Minced beef, Fillet steak, Cubes for stew, Sirloin steak, Pot roast, Rump roast, Beef burger
Pork chops, Lamp chops, Rolled roast, Sausage, Cutlets(2cm)
Turn food over at beep.
After defrosting, let stand for 5-15 minutes.
Poultry
Whole chicken, Legs, Breasts, Turkey breasts(under 2.0kg)
Turn food over at beep.
After defrosting, let stand for 20-30 minutes.
Fish
Fillets, Steaks, Whole fish, Sea foods
Turn food over at beep.
After defrosting, let stand for 10-20 minutes.
Bread
0.1 ~ 0.5 kg
Paper towel
or flat plate
Sliced bread, Buns, Baguette, etc.
Separate slices and place between paper towel or flat plate.
Turn food over at beep.
After defrosting, let stand for 1-2 minutes.
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QUICK DEFROST GUIDE
Use this function to defrost quickly for minced meat.
Remove the meat completely from it’s wrapping. Place the mince onto a microwave-safe plate. When BEEP, at this point remove the mince from the microwave
oven, turn the mince over and return to the microwave oven. Press start to continue. At the end of the program remove the mince from the microwave oven,
cover with foil and allow to stand 5-15 minutes or until completely thawed.
CATEGORY
Minced Meat
WEIGHT
0.5kg
UTENSIL
INSTRUCTIONS
Microwave ware
(Flat plate)
Minced meat
Turn food over at beep.
After defrosting, let stand for 5-15 minutes.
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Auto
Reheat
In the following example I will show you how to cook 0.4kg of Chilled Meal.
Press Stop/Clear.
Auto Reheat cooking makes food
reheating convient and easy to use.
The oven has been pre-programmed to
automatically reheat food.
Your oven has three Auto Reheat
settings: Chilled Pizza, Sauce and
Curry.
Category
Press Auto Reheat.
Press More key four times to enter 0.4 Kg.
Press
Auto Reheat
Chilled Meal
time
Frozen Meal
times
Chilled Pizza
times
Press Start/Quick Start.
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CATEGORY
WEIGHT LIMIT
UTENSIL
FOOD TEMP.
INSTRUCTIONS
1. CHILLED
MEAL
0.3 kg - 0.6 kg
Microwavesafe
flat dish
Refrigerated
This function is for reheating leftover chilled meal.
Place chilled pizza on the flat dish.
After heating, stand for 1-2 minutes.
2. FROZEN
MEAL
0.3 kg - 0.6 kg
Microwavesafe bowl
Frozen
Pour thefrozen meal into a microwave-safe bowl.
Cover with lid or plastic wrap.
After heating, stir. Stand for 2 minutes with cover.
And then stir again.
3. CHILLED
PIZZA
0.2 kg - 0.4 kg
Microwavesafe dish
Room
This function is for reheating leftover chilled pizza. Place chilled
pizza on the low rack over the glass turntable.
After cooking, take food out immediately. Stand for 2~3 minutes.
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More or Less
Cooking
In the following example I will show you how to change the preset of Auto Cook programme for a longer or
shorter cooking time.
Press Stop/Clear.
Set the required Auto Cook programes.
(Select weight of food)
If you find that your food is over or
undercooked when using the Auto Cook
or Auto Reheat programme. You can
increase or decrease cooking time by
pressing the More/Less key.
When manual cooking you can extend
the cooking time at any point by using
the More/Less key.
There is no need to stop the cooking
process.
Press Start/Quick Start.
Press More( + ).
The cooking time will increase by10 seconds for each press of the key.
Press Less( - ).
The cooking time will decrease by10 seconds for each press of the key.
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To heat or reheat successfully in the microwave, it is important to follow several guidelines. Measure the amount of
food in order to determine the time needed to reheat. Arrange the food in a circular pattern for best results. Room
temperature food will heat faster than refrigerated food. Canned foods should be taken out of the can and placed in a
microwavable container. The food will be heated more evenly if covered with a microwavable lid or vented plastic
wrap. Remove cover carefully to prevent steam burns. Use the following chart as a guide for reheating cooked food.
Item
Sliced meat
3 slices
(0.5cm thick)
Chicken pieces
1 breast
1 leg and thigh
Cook time
(at HIGH)
1~2 minutes
Special Instructions
Place sliced meat on microwavable plate.
Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
• Note: Gravy or sauce helps to keep meat juicy.
1~2 minutes
Place fish on microwavable plate.
Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
Lasagne
1 serving(300g)
4~6 minutes
Place lasagne on microwavable plate.
Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
Casserole
cream or cheese
1 cup
4 cups
Mashed potatoes
350g
Baked beans
1 cup
2~3 minutes Place chicken pieces on microwavable plate.
3~31/2 minutes Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
Fish fillet
(170-230g)
Casserole
1 cup
4 cups
Item
Heating or Reheating
Guide
Cook time
(at HIGH)
Special Instructions
COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
4~41/2 minutes Stir once halfway through cooking.
(at Medium High)
11/2~3 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
Stir once halfway through cooking.
Ravioli or pasta in sauce
1 cup
21/2~4 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
4 cups
71/2~11minutes Stir once halfway through cooking.
Rice
1 cup
4 cups
11/2~3 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
41/2~7minutes Stir once halfway through cooking.
1~11/2 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
31/2~5 minutes Stir once halfway through cooking.
Sandwich roll or bun
1 roll
15~30 seconds Wrap in paper towel and place on glass tray.
Vegetables
1 cup
4 cups
1~21/2 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
31/2~6 minutes Stir once halfway through cooking.
Sloppy Joe or
Barbecued beef
1~21/2 minutes Reheat filling and bun separately.
1 sandwich
COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
(1/2 cup meat filling)
Stir once. Heat bun as directed in chart below.
without bun
Soup
1 serving (8 oz.)
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11/2~21/2 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
31/2~51/2 minutes Stir once halfway through cooking.
11/2~2 minutes COOK covered in microwavable casserole dish.
Stir once halfway through cooking.
Fresh Vegetable
Guide
Vegetable
Artichokes
(230g each)
Cook time
Amount (at HIGH)
2 medium 41/2 ~ 7
4 medium 10 ~ 12
Instructions
Standing
Time
Instructions
Standing
Time
Corn, Fresh
2 ears
Add 1 cup water. Cover.
Mushrooms,
Fresh, Sliced
230g
Parsnips, Fresh,
Sliced
450g
4~7
Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre covered 2~3 minutes
casserole dish. Stir halfway through
cooking.
Peas, Green,
Fresh
4 cups
6~9
Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre covered 2~3 minutes
casserole dish. Stir halfway through
cooking.
4~9
6~ 12
Pierce potatoes several times with fork. 2~3 minutes
Place on 2 paper towels.
Turn over halfway through cooking.
450g
21/2 ~ 6
Green Beans
450g
7 ~ 11
Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre casserole 2~3 minutes
dish. Stir halfway through cooking.
Beats, Fresh
450g
11 ~ 16
Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre covered 2~3 minutes
casserole dish. Rearrange halfway
through cooking.
Place broccoli in baking dish.
Add 1/2 cup water.
2~3 minutes
4~8
450g
Cabbage, Fresh,
Chopped
450g
Carrots, Fresh,
Sliced
200g
Cauliflower,
Fresh, Whole
450g
5~7
Trim. Add 1/4 cup water in 1.5 litre
covered casserole dish. Stir halfway
through cooking.
2~3 minutes
Fresh, Flowerettes
Celery, Fresh,
Sliced
2 cups
4 cups
11 ~ 16
Slice. Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre
covered casserole dish. Stir halfway
through cooking.
2~3 minutes
Sweet Potatoes 2 medium
Whole Baking
4 medium
(170~230g each)
51/2~71/2 Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre covered 2~3 minutes
casserole dish. Stir halfway through
cooking.
Husk. Add 2 tbsp water in 1.5 litre
baking dish. Cover.
11/2 ~ 21/2 Place mushrooms in 1.5 litre covered
casserole dish. Stir halfway through
cooking.
2~3 minutes
Broccoli, Fresh,
Spears
2~3
Cook time
Amount (at HIGH)
Trim. Add 2 tsp water and 2 tsp juice. 2~3 minutes
Cover.
Asparagus,
Fresh, Spears
5~8
Vegetable
2~3 minutes
2~3 minutes
White potatoes, 2 potatoes 51/2 ~ 71/2 Pierce potatoes several times with fork. 2~3 minutes
Whole Baking 4 potatoes 91/2 ~ 14 Place on 2 paper towels.
Turn over halfway through cooking.
(170~230g each)
Add 1/4 cup water in 1.5 litre covered 2~3 minutes
casserole dish. Stir halfway through
cooking.
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Spinach, Fresh,
Leaf
450g
41/2 ~ 71/2 Add 1/2 cup water in 2 litre covered
casserole dish.
Courgette, Fresh,
Sliced
450g
41/2 ~ 71/2 Add 1/2 cup water in 1.5 litre covered
casserole dish. Stir halfway through 2~3 minutes
cooking.
Courgette, Fresh,
Whole
450g
6~9
Pierce. Place on 2 paper towels.
Turn courgette over and rearrange
halfway through cooking.
2~3 minutes
2~3 minutes
WARNING
Please ensure cooking times are correctly
set as over cooking may result in FIRE and
subsequent DAMAGE to the OVEN.
Important safety instructions
Read carefully and keep for future reference
10 Small amounts of food require shorter cooking or heating time. If foods
are cooked in normal cooking times, they will be overcooked or burnt.
Do not attempt to tamper with, or make any adjustments or repairs to the
door, control panel, safety interlock switches or any other part of the oven.
It is hazardous for unqualified service personnel to carry out any service
or repair that involves the removal of any cover what gives protection
against exposure to microwave energy. Repairs should only be undertaken
by a qualified service technician.
11 The door of the oven must be at least 8 cm away from the adge of the
flat surface to avoid tipping.
12 Before cooking, pierce the skin of potatoes, apples or any such fruit or
vegetable.
Do not operate the oven without load or food in oven cavity. It is recommended
to leave a glass of water in the oven when not using the over. The water can
help to absorb all microwave energy, if the oven is accidentally started.
13 Do not cook eggs in their shell. Pressure will build up inside the egg
yolk and cause it to burst.
14 Do not attempt deep fat frying in your oven.
Do not dry wet newspapers, clothes, toys, pet or portable electric devices
etc in the oven. They may catch fire.
15 Remove the food plastic wrapping before cooking or defrosting. Note:
though that in some cases food should be covered with plastic film for
heating or cooking.
Do not cook food wrapped in paper towels, unless your cook book contains
such instructions, for the food you are cooking.
16 If the oven door or door seals are damaged, do not operate the oven
until qualified service technician has made the needed repairs.
5 Do not use newspapers in place of paper towels for cooking.
Do not use wooden containers. They may heat-up and char. Do not use
ceramic containers which have metallic (e.g. gold or silver) inlays. Always
remove metal twist ties. Use metal objects in the oven may cause arcing
and serious damage to the oven.
17 If there is smoke coming out from the oven cavity, switch off or disconnect
the oven from power supply, and keep the oven door closed to stifle any
flames.
18 Pay attention to the appliance when paper, plastic or other combustible
materials are used during microwave cooking.
Do not operate the oven if a kitchen towel, a napkin or any other objects
is found between the door and the front edges of the oven, It will cause
leakage of microwave energy leakage.
19 Only allow children to use the oven without supervision when they have
received adequate instructions and understand the hazards of improper
usage.
Do not use recycled paper products as they may contain impurities which
may cause sparks and/or fires when used in cooking.
20 Do not heat food in sealed containers or plastic bags in the oven. Food
or liquid could expand quickly and cause container or bag to break.
Pierce or open container or bag before cooking.
Do not rinse the turntable immediaely afer cooking-the turntable may break.
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Microwave-safe
Utensils
Never use metal or metal trimmed utensils in your
microwave oven
Paper
Microwaves cannot penetrate metal. They will bounce off any metal object in the
oven and cause arcing, an alarming phenomenon that resembles lightning.
Most heat resistant non metallic cooking utensils are safe for use in your microwave
oven. However, some may contain materials that render them unsuitable as
microwave cookwares. If you have any doubts about a particular utensil, there’s a
simple way to find out if it can be used in your microwave oven.
Place the utensil in question next to a glass bowl filled with water in the microwave
oven. Microwave at power HIGH for 1 minute. If the water heats up but the utensil
remains cool to the touch, the utensil is microwave-safe. However, if the water does
not change temperature but the utensil becomes warm, microwaves are being
absorbed by the utensil and it is not safe for use in the microwave oven. You
probably have many cookwares in your kitchen that can be used in your microwave
oven. Read through the following checklist to find out what utensils can be used in your
oven.
Dinner plates
Paper plates and containers are convenient and safe to use in your microwave oven,
provided that the cooking time is short and foods to be cooked are low in fat and
moisture. Paper towels are also very useful for wrapping foods and for lining baking
trays in which greasy foods such as bacon are cooked. In general, avoid colored
paper products as the colour may run. Some recycled paper products may contain
impurities which can cause arcing or fires when used in the microwave oven.
Plastic cooking bags
Only use cooking bags that are especially made for microwave cooking. However,
be sure to make a slit in the bag so that steam can escape. Never use ordinary plastic
bags for cooking in your microwave oven, as they will melt and rupture.
Plastic microwave cookware
A variety of shapes and sizes of microwave cookware are available in the market.
You probably may have these items in your kitchen and hence, no need to invest in
new cookwares.
Pottery, stoneware and ceramic
Many kinds of dinner-ware are microwave-safe. If in doubt consult the
manufacturer’s literature or perform the microwave test.
Containers made of these materials are usually fine for use in your microwave oven,
but they should be tested to be sure.
Glassware
Glassware that is heat-resistant is microwave-safe. This would include all brands of
oven tempered glass cookware. However, do not use delicate glassware, such as
tumblers or wine glasses, as these might shatter as the food warms.
CAUTION
Some items with high lead or iron content are not suitable for cooking
utensils.
Utensils should be checked to ensure that they are suitable for use in
microwave ovens.
Plastic storage containers
These can be used to hold foods that are to be reheated quickly. However, they
should not be used to hold foods that will need considerable time in the oven as hot
foods will eventually warp or melt the plastic containers.
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Food characteristics&
Microwave cooking
Moisture content of food
Keeping an eye on things
Since the heat generated from microwaves tends to evaporate moisture, relatively dry food
such as roasts and some vegetables should either be sprinkled with water prior to cooking
or covered to retain moisture.
The recipes in this book have been formulated with great care, but your success in
preparing the food depends on how much attention you pay to the cooking process.
Always watch your food while it cooks. Your microwave oven is equipped with a
light that turns on automatically when the oven is in operation. This allows you to
see inside the oven and check the progress of your food. Directions given in recipes
to elevate, stir, and the like should be followed. If the food seems to be cooking
unevenly, simply make the necessary adjustments you think appropriate to correct
the problem.
Bone and fat content of food
Bones conduct heat and fat cooks more quickly than meat. Care must be taken when
cooking bony or fatty cuts of meat to ensure they do not cook unevenly or overcook.
Quantity of food
The number of microwaves in your oven remains constant regardless of how much food is
being cooked. Therefore, the more food you place in the oven, the longer the cooking time.
Remember to decrease cooking times by at least one third when halving a recipe.
Factors affecting microwave cooking times
Many factors affect cooking times. The temperature of ingredients used in a recipe
makes a big difference in cooking times. For example, a cake made with ice-cold
butter, milk, and eggs will take considerably longer time to bake than one made with
ingredients that are at room temperature. All of the recipes in this book give a range
of cooking times. In general, you will find that the food remains under-cooked at the
lower end of the time range, and you may sometimes want to cook your food beyond
the maximum time given, according to personal preference. The governing philosophy
of this book is that it is best for a recipe to be conservative in giving cooking times; as
overcooked food is ruined for good. Some of the recipes, particularly those for bread,
cake, and custards recommend removing foods from the oven when they are slightly
undercooked. This is not a mistake. When allowed to stand, usually covered, these
foods will continue to cook outside of the oven as the heat trapped within the outer
portions of the food gradually travels inward. If the food is left in the oven until it is
cooked all the way through, the outer portions will become overcooked or even burnt.
You will become increasingly skilful in estimating both cooking and standing times for
various foods.
Shape of food
Microwaves penetrate only about 2.5 cm into food, The interior portion of thick food is
cooked as the heat generated on the outside travels inward. Only the outer edge of food is
cooked by microwave energy; the rest is cooked by conduction. The worst possible shape
for a food to be cooked in microwave is a thick square; as the corners will get burnt long
before the centre is even warm . Round thin foods and ring shaped foods are easier to cook
in the microwave.
Covering
Covering food helps retain moisture, shorten cooking time and reduce spattering. Use a lid
or microwave-safe cling film with a corner folded back to prevent spilling.
Browning
Meats and poultry that are cooked fifteen minutes or longer will brown lightly in their own
fat. Food that is cooked for a shorter period of time may be brushed with a browning sauce
such as worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or barbecue sauce to achieve an appetizing colour.
Since relatively small amounts of browning sauce is added to food, the original flavour of the
recipe is not altered.
Density of food
Covering with greaseproof paper
Light, porous food such as cakes and bread cook more quickly than heavy, dense
foods such as roasts and casseroles. You must take care when cooking porous food
that the outer edges do not become dry and brittle.
Use greaseproof paper can help to prevent spattering and help food retain some heat. But
because it makes a looser cover than a lid or cling film, hence the food to dry out slightly.
Arranging and spacing
Height of food
Individual foods such as baked potatoes, small cakes and hors d’oeuvres will heat more
evenly if placed in the oven at an equal distance apart in a ring pattern. Never stack foods
on top of one another.
The upper portion of tall food, particularly roasts, will cook more quickly than the
lower portion. Thus, it is recommeded to turn tall food several times during cooking.
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Food characteristics &
Microwave cooking
Stirring
To Clean Your Oven
Stirring is one of the most important of all microwaving techniques. In conventional cooking,
food is stirred for the purpose of blending. Food cooked in microwave oven, however, is
stirred in order to spread and redistribute heat evenly. Always stir from the outside towards
the centre as the outside of the food heats first.
1 Keep the inside of the oven clean
It is recommended to clean up spill over and crumbs with damp cloth immediately.
Use a damp cloth to wipe away crumbs that fall between the door and the door
frame. Spill over and crumbs will absorb microwave energy and lengthen cooking
time. It is important there is no crumbs stick to the door and door frame to ensure
the door can close tightly. Remove greasy spatters with a soft soapy cloth, then wipe
with clean water and wipe dry. Do not use harsh detergent or abrasive cleaners.
The glass tray can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher.
Turning over
Large, tall foods such as roasts and whole chickens should be turned so that the top and
bottom will cook evenly. It is also a good idea to turn cut up chicken pieces and chops.
Placing thicker portions facing outwards
Microwaves cook the outer portion of food; hence, place thicker portions of meat, poultry
and fish at the outer edge of the cooking dish. this way, thicker portions will receive the most
microwave energy and the food can get cooked evenly.
2 Keep the outside of the oven clean
Shielding
Clean the outside of your oven with a soft soapy cloth, then wipe with clean water
and wipe dry. Do not let water seep into the ventilation openings. Open the door when
cleaning the control panel. This is to prevent accidental running of the oven. After
cleaning, press STOP/CLEAR key.
Use small, flat pieces of aluminum foil to shield the thin pieces or corners of food. Do not
use too much foil and make sure foil does not touch the walls of oven to avoid arcing.
Elevating
Thick or dense foods should be elevated so that microwaves can be absorbed by the
bottom and centre of the food.
3 If steam accumulates inside or around the outside of the oven door, wipe the panels
Piercing
with a soft cloth. This may occur when the microwave oven is operated under high
humidity conditions and in no way indicates a malfunction of the unit.
Foods enclosed in a shell, skin or membrane; are likely to burst in the oven unless they are
pierced prior to cooking. Such foods include yolks and eggs whites, clams and oysters and
whole vegetables and fruits.
4 The door and door seals should be kept clean. Use only warm soapy water to clean
first, wipe clean with clean water and wipe dry thoroughly.
Testing if cooked
DO NOT USE ABRASIVE MATERIALS, SUCH AS CLEANING POWDERS OR STEEL
OR PLASTIC PADS.
It is recommended to clean the oven regularly.
Food cooks more quickly in a microwave oven, it is necessary to check it frequently. Some
foods are left in the microwave until it is completely cooked. But most foods, including meats
and poultry, are removed from the oven while it is still slightly undercooked and finished
cooking during standing time. The internal temperature of foods will rise between 5˚F (3˚C)
and 15˚ F (8˚ C) during standing time.
Standing time
Foods are often stood for 3 to 10 minutes after being removed from the microwave oven.
Usually the foods are covered during standing time to retain heat unless they are supposed
to be dry in texture (some cakes and biscuits, for example). Standing allows foods to finish
cooking and also helps to develop and blend flavour.
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Questions &
Answers
Q Is it possible to popcorn in a microwave oven?
A Yes, if using one of the two methods described
below:
What’s wrong when the oven light will not light up?
It could be the light bulb has blown or the oven door is not properly
closed.
1 Popcorn-popping utensils designed specifically for microwave cooking.
2 Prepackaged commercial microwave popcorn that contains specific
times and power outputs needed for an acceptable final product.
Does microwave energy pass through the viewing window on the door?
No, microwave energy can not pass through the viewing window.
Why does the beep tone sound when a pad on the Control Panel is
touched?
The beep tone sounds to assure that the setting is being properly entered.
FOLLOW EXACTLY THE DIRECTIONS GIVEN BY EACH MANUFACTURER
FOR THEIR POPCORN PRODUCT. DO NOT LEAVE THE OVEN UNATTENDED
WHILE THE CORN IS BEING POPPED. IF CORN FAILS TO POP BY THE
SUGGESTED TIMES, DISCONTINUE COOKING. OVERCOOKING COULD
RESULT IN THE CORN CATCHING FIRE.
Will the microwave oven be damaged if it operates empty?
Yes, never run the oven when it is empty or without the glass tray.
CAUTION
Why do eggs sometimes pop?
When baking, frying, or poaching egg, the yolk may pop due to steam
build up inside the yolk membrane. To prevent this, simply pierce the yolk
before cooking. Never microwave eggs their shells.
Q Why doesn’t my oven always cook as fast as the cooking guide says?
A Check your cooking guide again to make sure you have followed the
directions correctly, and to see what might cause variations in the cooking
time. Cooking guide times and heat settings are suggestions, chosen to
help prevent overcooking, the most common problem in getting used to
a microwave oven. Variations in the size, shape, weight and dimensions
of the food require different cooking time. Use your own judgment along
with the cooking guide suggestions to cook the food, like as you would
do with a conventional cooker.
NEVER USE A BROWN PAPER BAG FOR POPPING CORN. NEVER
ATTEMPT TO POP LEFTOVER KERNELS.
Why is standing time recommended after microwave cooking is over?
After microwave cooking is finished, food keeps on cooking during
standing time. This standing time finishes cooking evenly throughout the
food. The amount of standing time depends on the density of the food.
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Plug wiring information &
Technical Specifications
Warning
Technical Specifications
This appliance must be earthed
MS-2357AR
The wires in this mains lead are colored in accordance with the
following codes
BLUE ~ Neutral
BROWN ~ Live
GREEN & YELLOW ~ Earth
Power Input
Output
Microwave Frequency
Outside Dimension
Power Consumption
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this appliance may
not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals
in your plug proceed as follows:
The wire which is colored BLUE must be connected to the terminal
which is marked with the letter N or Colored BLACK.
The wire which is colored BROWN must be connected to the
terminal which is marked with the letter L or colored RED.
The wire which is colored GREEN & YELLOW or GREEN must be
connected to the terminal which is marked with the letter E or
.
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the
manufacturer or its service agent or a similarly qualified person in
order to avoid a hazard;
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230 V AC / 50 Hz
850 W (IEC60705 rating standard)
2450 MHz
485 mm(W) X 280 mm(H) X 377 mm(D)
1250 Watts
P/No.: MFL3777101
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