Quick Reference for Using Your Microwave Oven

Serves: 0



*100% = 700 watts
50% = 350 watts
For larger quantities of food, increase cooking time.

Item Power* Time
Baby food, warming 50% 1/2 to 1 1/2 min./4 1/2-oz. jar, uncovered
Bacon 100% 1 to 1 1/2 min./1 slice between paper towels
Beef, ground 100% 5 to 6 min./1 lb., crumbled stir after 3 min.
Bread cubes, drying 100% 2 to 3 min./2 cups of 1/2 -inch cubes in single layer
Brown sugar, softening 100% 30 to 60 sec./1 cup, covered
Butter/margarine, melting 100% 45 to 60 sec./1/2 cup
Butter/margarine, softening 100% 10 to 15 sec./1/2 cup
50% 30 to 45 sec./1/2 cup
Chocolate, melting 100% 1 to 2 min./1 oz. square
50% 3 to 4 min./1 oz. square
Chocolate chips, melting 100% 1 to 2 min./1/2 cup stir every min.
Coconut, toasting 100% 2 to 3 min./1/3 cup with 2 tsp. butter stir every 30 sec.
Cream cheese, softening 50% 30 to 60 sec./8-oz. pkg., unwrapped
Dried fruit, softening 100% 1 to 1 1/2 min./1 cup with 2 Tbsp. water cover and let stand 2 to 3 min.
Egg, scrambled 50% 1 to 1 1/2 min./1 egg in small oiled bowl stir after 30 sec.
Frankfurter in bun 100% 20 to 30 sec./1 frankfurter and bun wrapped in paper towel
Ice cream, softening 50% 30 to 60 sec./1/2 gal.
Ice cream topping, warming 50% 1 to 1 1/2 min./1 cup, uncovered
Milk, heating 100% 1 to 2 min./1 cup in 2-cup measuring cup
Nuts, toasting 100% 4 to 5 min./1/2 cup plain or with 1 Tbsp. butter stir every min.
Potatoes, baking 100% 6 to 8 min./1 lb., pierce before baking cover and let stand 5 to 10 min.
Rolls, warming 100% 10 to 15 sec./1 roll wrapped in paper towel

Soup, heating 100% 1 1/2 to 2 min./1 cup
Syrup, maple, warming 50% 1 to 2 min./1 cup in glass pitcher
Tortillas, corn, softening 100% 1 min./6 wrapped in damp cloth towel
Tortillas, flour, warming 100% 10 sec./1 wrapped in paper towel
Vegetables, frozen 100% 5 to 8 min./10-oz. pkg. stir after half of time
Water, boiling 100% 2 to 3 min./1 cup

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