Master Defrosting in the Microwave

One of the biggest benefits of having a microwave is the defroster, which allows you to quickly prep frozen foods for cooking. Many home cooks struggle with microwave defrosting and become discouraged by partially thawed food or food that begins to cook instead of simply warming up. To help you successfully defrost in the microwave, we put together this handy guide.

  • Remove wrappers and Styrofoam from whatever you’re defrosting. Only use microwave-safe glass plates or bowls for defrosting.
  • Only use your microwave’s Defrost setting. If your microwave doesn’t have a Defrost mode, set the appliance for 50% power.
  •  If you’re defrosting more than one item, such as several steaks or chicken breasts, turn the microwave off after a few minutes. Pull apart the pieces and then re-start. This will help ensure even cooking.
  • Monitor the cooking. Periodically, stop the microwave and ensure that the food is not yet thawed. Check the edges to be sure that the food has not begun to cook.
  • Begin cooking as soon as defrosting is complete. Letting recently defrosted food rest on the counter or in the refrigerator can lead to food-borne illnesses.

If you follow these tips and still have poor results with the microwave defroster, give us a call here at Matic Service. A problem with your microwave may to be blame, and we can quickly diagnose and repair it.