The Microwave Power Conversion chart is simple to use in five easy steps, giving you a correctly cooked meal…. no more cold meals.
Step 1 – Look at the packaging for the food item to be microwaved. Determine the cooking time required and the power rating it is based on.
Step 2 – Determine the power rating for your microwave. This is sometimes printed on the front of the microwave, or a label on the microwave.
Alternatively the rating is usually listed in the user guide, or on the web.
Step 3 – Locate the food cooking power on your chart (e.g 1100W from the cooking instructions in step 1).
Step 4 – Move down the column to the food cooking time (e.g 2 minutes 20 secs from the cooking instructions in step 1).
Step 5 – Move across to the column that contains the power of your microwave (e.g. my own microwave is rated at 700W).
Result:– The frozen food in this example should be cooked for 3 minutes 50 seconds in my microwave (700W), instead of the 2 minutes 20 seconds on the packet.
What if my cooking time is not on the chart?
If your exact cooking time falls between two numbers on the chart, choose the two numbers and move across the chart to the two numbers on the microwave power column. Then approximate your cooking time between the two numbers in the result.
e.g. Your recommended cooking time is 2 minutes 30 seconds at 1100W, and you have a 700W microwave.
Choose the 1100W column, and 2 minutes 30 seconds is approximately 1/3 between 2:20 and 2:50.
Move to the 700W column and the result times are 3:50 and 4:30. Approximately 1/3 between the times is 4 minutes, which would be my cooking time.
The cooking time does not have to be exact. In this case you could just use the time half way between the result numbers (e.g 4 minute 10 seconds).
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