Microwave cooking times

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  1. tzhu07 macrumors regular

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    Let's say the instructions say "4-6 minutes". What do you set the timer to? I set it to 5 minutes. I always take the middle ground.

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  2. maxsix Suspended

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    I save time & trouble by eating only cold food :D
     
  3. Fzang macrumors 65816

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    I usually heat it on the pan or use it as a base for a new dish. In fact, I don't even have a microwave oven anymore.
     
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  5. maflynn Moderator

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    It depends, most cooking directions assume a microwave of 1,000 watts, but some of the newish microwaves are more powerful. I have such a microwave, so if the directions call for 3 minutes, stir and cook for a minute. I do it for 2 minutes, stir and then add a minute
     
  6. Blujelly macrumors 65816

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    I'd normally aim for the higher number, then check it over in the last minute to make my judgment
     
  7. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I'm with maflynn here. We have one of those microwaves where if you follow the directions exactly, especially with stuff like popcorn, it'll burn it. So a lot of times it's even less than directed, or ignoring the fact that it says not to use the presets.

    In general though, I start at the bottom, because just 30 seconds to a minute extra makes all the difference.

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  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    In this case, I would do 4 minutes, 56 seconds.
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    That's how I go about it as well: the times are based on certain wattage (usually 1000, as mentioned, although sometimes more or less) and then I extrapolate what would apply based on the wattage of the microwave that I have. If mine is more powerful I'd go closer to the lower number from the range that is suggested (or somewhat less if a single number is suggested), and vice versa if mine is less powerful.
     
  11. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68020

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    I have an older Daewoo-branded microwave rated at only 800 watts of power and I usually have to add about a minute or so to the cooking time for many microwavable foods.
     

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