Microwave Wattage

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If microwave recipes are tested in a 1,100-watt microwave oven, how do I adjust those recipes so that I can still use them in my 600-watt microwave oven? —E.S., Buhler, KansasObviously, it takes longer to cook food when the microwave’s power (wattage) is lower. We suggest that you start with a cook time that is one-third longer than what is called for in the recipe. For instance, if a recipe says to microwave on high for 9 minutes, microwave for 12 minutes instead. And be sure to follow any doneness test mentioned in the recipe, such as \”cook until tender.\”

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