Short Cut vs. Control Panel General Tips Smart Cook Smart Reheat Smart Defrost

Short Cut vs. Control Panel

Though there are similar buttons on the Short Cut panel on the inside of the Quick Touch™ Microwave door frame and on the Control Panel, their functions are slightly different.

    Cook

  • The Smart Cook button on the control panel is designed to cook based on a pre-set selection of food types and quantities.
  • The Sensor IQ™ Cook button on the short cut menu is designed to sense the steam coming off of the food and will stop the cooking cycle when the correct amount is registered.
    Reheat

  • The Smart Reheat button on the control panel is designed to reheat based on a pre-set selection of food types and quantities.
  • The Sensor IQ™ Reheat button on the short cut menu is designed to sense the steam coming off of the food and will stop the reheat cycle when the correct amount is registered.
    Defrost

  • The Smart Defrost button on the control panel is designed to cook based on a pre-set selection of food types and weights.
  • The Timed Defrost button on the short cut menu is designed to defrost for a specific amount of time that can be adjusted while the cycle is on-going.

General Tips

  • Never use metal containers, fasteners, utensils or other objects in the microwave.
  • Arrange foods with varying size ends, such as chicken drumsticks or broccoli, with the thicker or tougher part positioned to the outside of the microwave safe dish.
  • Use only microwave safe dishes, bowls, containers and lids in the microwave.
  • Choose cooking dishes that are shallow and preferably have straight sides. Shallow dishes enable the food to cook faster and straight edges help prevent the food edges from being overcooked.
  • Arrange individual items such as ramekins or potatoes around the outside of the turntable and leave space between them.
  • Use round shaped microwave dishes as these will cook more evenly then a square or rectangle dish will. Square or rectangle dishes will absorb more energy in the corners, causing food that is placed there to become overcooked and toughened.
  • Heat breads, biscuits, and oily foods on paper towels to prevent the build up of steam between the food and the carousel and keep the surfaces crisper and drier.

Smart Cook

The Smart Cook button uses pre-set food types and quantities and weights in order to gauge the correct time to cook items. Here are some tips to assist with the Smart Cook function.

  • Food should only ever be cooked in microwave safe containers, either plastic, Pyrex, or ceramic and only ever with microwave safe plastic lids, paper towels or microwave safe plastic wrap.
  • Always add in 1 tablespoon of water per 3.5oz of food being cooked.
  • Arrange larger and thicker foods towards the outside of the container, towards the edge of the turntable.
  • Always stir foods midway through the cooking cycle to ensure that all portions of the food are equally and evenly heated. Always stir food from the outside in as the outside will be hotter, and this will even out the over-all temperature of the food.
  • Always let food stand after cooking for approximately 5 minutes.

Smart Reheat

The Smart Reheat button uses pre-set food types and quantities and weights in order to gauge the correct time to reheat items. Here are some tips to assist with the Smart Reheat function.

  • Be aware that the pre-set food items are set with weights and quantities. The reheat beverage setting uses cups, the reheat pizza setting uses a count of slices, and the reheat leftovers setting uses a plate count equivalent to 10.5 oz of food.
  • Food should only ever be cooked in microwave safe containers, either plastic, Pyrex, or ceramic and only ever with microwave safe plastic lids, paper towels or microwave safe plastic wrap.
  • Arrange larger and thicker foods towards the outside of the container, towards the edge of the turntable.
  • Always stir foods midway through the cooking cycle to ensure that all portions of the food are equally and evenly heated. Always stir food from the outside in as the outside will be hotter, and this will even out the over-all temperature of the food.
  • Always let food stand after cooking for approximately 5 minutes.

Smart Defrost

  • Defrost times are calculated based on items that are thoroughly frozen and have been in the freezer for at least 24 hours at a maintained temperature of 0°F or lower.
  • After the defrost cycle, most meats will be somewhat icy in the center, stand the food on the counter for 5 10 15 minutes or until completely thawed.
  • Position foods in a single layer with the thinner parts in the center and the thicker ends around the outside of the turntable.
  • Remove packaging from foods prior to freezing. If packaging becomes frozen to the food, it may not easily be removed when preparing for the defrost cycle. However, if it can not be completely removed, place the food in the microwave and run the ‘Timed Defrost’ cycle for 3 minutes. This should enable the packaging to be removed and the Smart Defrost can be used to continue to defrost the food.