OWNER’S MANUAL MICROWAVE OVEN PLEASE READ THIS OWNER’S MANUAL THOROUGHLY BEFORE OPERATING. MC7647B MFL42535702 www.lg.com Precautions Precautions to avoid possible exposure to excessive microwave energy. 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. Do not place any object between the oven front face and the door or allow food or cleaner residue to accumulate on sealing surfaces. 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. Your oven should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except qualified service personnel. Warning Please ensure cooking times are correctly set as over cooking may result in the FOOD catching fire and subsequent damage to your oven. When heating liquids, e.g. soups, sauces and beverages in your microwave oven, delayed eruptive boiling 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: 1 Avoid using straight sided containers with narrow necks. 2 Do not overheat. 3 Stir the liquid before placing the container in the oven and again halfway through the heating time. 4 After heating, allow to stand in the oven for a short time, stir or shake them(especially the contents of feeding bottles and baby food jars) 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. Warning 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. Unpacking & Installing By following the basic steps on these two pages you will be able to quickly check that your oven is operating correctly. Please pay particular attention to the guidance on where to install your oven. W hen unpacking your oven make sure you remove all accessories and packing. Check to make sure that your oven has not been damaged during delivery. Unpack your oven and place it on a flat level surface. HIGH RACK Place the oven in the level location of your choice with more than 85cm height but 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. LOW RACK GLASS TRAY THIS OVEN SHOULD N OT BE USED FOR COMMERCIAL CATERIN G PURPOSES ROTATIN G RIN G METAL TRAY 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 OUTPUT USE HIGH 900W 100% * Boil Water * Brown minced beef * Cook poultry pieces, fish, vegetables * Cook tender cuts of meat MEDIUM HIGH 720W 80% * All reheating * Roast meat and poultry * Cook mushrooms and shellfish * Cook foods containing cheese and eggs MEDIUM 540W 60% * Bake cakes and scones * Prepare eggs * Cook custard * Prepare rice, soup DEFROST/ MEDIUM LOW 360W 40% * All thawing * Melt butter and chocolate * Cook less tender cuts of meat LOW 180W 20% * Soften butter & cheese * Soften ice cream * Raise yeast dough Micro Power Level WARNING Please ensure cooking times are correctly set as over cooking may result in FIRE and subsequent DAMAGE to the OVEN. 1 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 anyone to carry out any service or repair operation which involves the removal of any cover which gives protection against exposure to microwave energy. Repairs should only be undertaken by a qualified service technician. 2 Do not operate the oven when empty. It is best to leave a glass of water in the oven when not in use. The water will safely absorb all microwave energy, if the oven is accidentally started. 3 Do not dry clothes in the microwave oven, which may become carbonized or burned if heated too long. 4 Do not cook food wrapped in paper towels, unless your cook book contains instructions, for the food you are cooking. 5 Do not use newspaper in place of paper towels for cooking. 6 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. Metal objects in the oven may arc, which can cause serious damage. 7 Do not operate the oven with a kitchen towel, a napkin or any other obstruction between the door and the front edges of the oven, which may cause microwave energy leakage. 8 Do not use recycled paper products since they may contain impurities which may cause sparks and/or fires when used in cooking. 9 Do not rinse the turntable by placing it in water just after cooking. This may cause breakage or damage. 10 Small amounts of food require shorter cooking or heating time. If normal times are allowed they may overheat and burn. 11 Be certain to place the oven so the front of the door is 8 cm or more behind the edge of the surface on which it is placed, to avoid accidental tipping of the appliance. Important safety instructions Read carefully and keep for future reference 12 Before cooking, pierce the skin of potatoes, apples or any such fruit or vegetable. 13 Do not cook eggs in their shell. Pressure will build up inside the egg which will burst. 14 Do not attempt deep fat frying in your oven. 15 Remove the plastic wrapping from food before cooking or defrosting. Note though that in some cases food should be covered with plastic film, for heating or cooking. 16 If the oven door or door seals are damaged, the oven must not be operated until it has been repaired by a qualified service technician. 17 If smoke is observed, switch off or disconnect the oven from the power supply and keep the oven door closed in order to stifle any flames. 18 When food is heated or cooked in disposable containers of plastic, paper or other combustible materials, check the oven frequently due to the possibility of the food container is deteriorating. 19 Only allow children to use the oven without supervision when adequate instructions have been given so that the child is able to use the oven in a safe way and understands the hazards of improper use. 20 Liquids or other foods must not be heated in sealed containers since they are liable to explode. 21 Do not operate the oven, if the door seals and adjacent parts of the microwave oven are faulty, until the oven has been repaired by a qualified service technician. 22 Check the utensils are suitable for use in microwave ovens before use. 23 Do not touch the oven door, outer cabinet, rear cabinet, oven cavity, accessories and dishes during grill mode, convection mode and auto cook operations, unless wearing thick oven gloves, as they will become hot. Before clearing make sure they are not hot. Important safety instructions Read carefully and keep for future reference 24 Only use utensils that are suitable for use in microwave ovens. 25 When heating food in plastic or paper containers, keep an eye on the oven due to the possibility of ignition. 26 If smoke is observed, switch off or unplug the appliance and keep the door closed in order to stifle any flames. 27 Microwave heating of beverages can result in delayed eruptive boiling, therefore care must be taken when handing the container. WARNING Please do not let the POWER CORD touch the BACK COVER. 33 Only use the temperature probe recommended for this oven (for appliances having a facility to use a temperature-sensing probe). 34 If heating elements are provided, during use the appliance becomes hot. Care should be taken to avoid touching heating elements inside the oven. 35 The appliance is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without supervision. 28 The contents of feeding bottles and baby food jars shall be stirred or shaken and the temperature checked before consumption, in order to avoid burns. WARNING: If the door or door seals are damaged, the oven must not be operated until it has been repaired by a competent person. 29 Eggs in their shell and whole hard-boiled eggs should not be heated in microwave ovens since they may explode, even after microwave heating has ended. WARNING: It is hazardous for anyone other than a competent person to carry out any service or repair operation that involves the removal of a cover which gives protection against exposure to microwave energy. 30 Details for cleaning door seals, cavities and adjacent parts. 31 The oven should be cleaned regularly and any food deposits removed. 32 Failure to maintain the oven in a clean condition could lead to deterioration of the surface that could adversely affect the life of the appliance and possibly result in a hazardous situation. WARNING: Liquids and other foods must not be heated in sealed containers since they are liable to explode. WARNING: Only allow children to use the oven without supervision when adequate instructions have been given so that the child is able to use the oven in a safe way and understands the hazards of improper use. Food characteristics& Microwave cooking Keeping an eye on things The recipes in the book have been formulated with great care, but your success in preparing them depends on how much attention you pay to the food as it cooks. 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 so that you can see inside and check the progress of your food. Directions given in recipes to elevate, stir, and the like should be thought of as the minimum steps recommended. If the food seems to be cooking unevenly, simply make the necessary adjustments you think appropriate to correct the problem. 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 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. While overcooked food is ruined for good. Some of the recipes, particularly those for bread, cake, and custards, recommend that food be removed 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. Density of food Light, porous food such as cakes and breads cook more quickly than heavy, dense foods such as roasts and casseroles. You must take care when microwaving porous food that the outer edges do not become dry and brittle. Height of food The upper portion of tall food, particularly roasts, will cook more quickly than the lower portion. Therefore, it is wise to turn tall food during cooking, sometimes several times. Moisture content of food 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. 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 that they do not cook unevenly and do not become overcooked. 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. Shape of food Microwaves penetrate only about 2.cm into food, the interior portion of thick foods are cooked as the heat generated on the outside travels inward. Only the outer edge of food in cooked by microwave energy; the rest is cooked by conduction. The worst possible shape for a food that is to be microwaved is a thick square. The corners will burn long before the centre is even warm . Round thin foods and ring shaped foods cook successfully in the microwave. Covering A cover traps heat and steam which causes food to cook more quickly. Use a lid or microwave cling film with a corner folded back to prevent splitting. Browning Meats and poultry that are cooked fifteen minutes or longer will brown lightly in their own fat. Food that are 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 sauces are added to food the original flavour of the recipe is not altered. Covering with greaseproof paper Greaseproofing effectively prevents spattering and helps food retain some heat. But because it makes a looser cover than a lid or clingfilm, it allows the food to dry out slightly. Arranging and spacing Individual foods such as baked potatoes, small cakes and hors d’oeuvres will heat more evenly if placed in the oven an equal distance apart, preferably in a circular pattern. Never stack foods on top of one another. Food characteristics & Microwave cooking. Stirring Stirring is one of the most important of all microwaving techniques. In conventional cooking, food is stirred for the purpose of blending. Microwaved food, however, is stirred in order to spread and redistribute heat. Always stir from the outside towards the centre as the outside of the food heats first. 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 and chops. Placing thicker portions facing outwards Since microwaves are attracted to the outside portion of food, it makes sense to place thicker portions of meat, poultry and fish to the outer edge of the baking dish. This way, thicker portions will receive the most microwave energy and the food will cook evenly. Shielding Strips of aluminium foil (which block microwaves) can be placed over the corners or edges of square and rectangular foods to prevent those portions from overcooking. Never use too much foil and make sure the foil is secured to the dish or it may cause ‘arcing’ in the oven. Elevating Thick or dense foods can be elevated so that microwaves can be absorbed by the underside and centre of the foods. Piercing 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 whites of eggs, clams and oysters and whole vegetables and fruits. Testing if cooked Food cooks so quickly in a microwave oven, it is necessary to test it frequently. Some foods are left in the microwave until completely cooked, but most foods, including meats and poultry, are removed from the oven while still slightly undercooked and allowed to finish cooking during standing time. The internal temperature of foods will rise between 50F (30C) and 150F (80C) during standing time. Standing time Foods are often allowed to stand 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 flavour blend and develop. To Clean Your Oven 1 Keep the inside of the oven clean Food spatters or spilled liquids stick to oven walls and between seal and door surface. It is best to wipe up spillovers with a damp cloth right away. Crumbs and spillovers will absorb microwave energy and lengthen cooking times. Use a damp cloth to wipe out crumbs that fall between the door and the frame. It is important to keep this area clean to assure a tight seal. Remove greasy spatters with a soapy cloth then rinse and dry. Do not use harsh detergent or abrasive cleaners. The glass tray can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher. 2 Keep the outside of the oven clean Clean the outside of your oven with soap and water then with clean water and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. To prevent damage to the operating parts inside the oven, the water should not be allowed to seep into the ventilation openings. To clean control panel, open the door to prevent oven from accidentally starting, and wipe a damp cloth followed immediately by a dry cloth. Press STOP/CLEAR after cleaning. 3 If steam accumulates inside or around the outside of the oven door, wipe the panels 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. 4 The door and door seals should be kept clean. Use only warm, soapy water, rinse then dry thoroughly. DO NOT USE ABRASIVE MATERIALS, SUCH AS CLEANING POWDERS OR STEEL AND PLASTIC PADS. Metal parts will be easier to maintain if wiped frequently with a damp cloth. Questions & Answers Q What’s wrong when the oven light will not glow? A There may be several reasons why the oven light will not glow. Light bulb has blown Door is not closed Q Does microwave energy pass through the viewing screen in the door? A No. The holes, or ports, are made to allow light to pass; they do not let microwave energy through. Q Why does the beep tone sound when a pad on the Control Panel is touched? A The beep tone sounds to assure that the setting is being properly entered. Q Will the microwave oven be damaged if it operates empty? A Yes Never run it empty or without the glass tray. Q Why do eggs sometimes pop? A When baking, frying, or poaching eggs, 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 in the shell. Q Why is standing time recommended after microwave cooking is over? A 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. Q Is it possible to pop corn in a microwave oven? A Yes, if using one of the two methods described below 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. FOLLOW EXACT 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 AFTER THE SUGGESTED TIMES, DISCONTINUE COOKING. OVERCOOKING COULD RESULT IN THE CORN CATCHING FIRE. CAUTION NEVER USE A BROWN PAPER BAG FOR POPPING CORN. NEVER ATTEMPT TO POP LEFTOVER KERNELS. 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’ve followed directions correctly, and to see what might cause variations in 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 longer cooking time. Use your own judgement along with the cooking guide suggestions to test food condition, lust as you would do with a conventional cooker.