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What do the symbols on my microwave mean?

Your microwave is full of symbols, but what is the meaning of all these signs? Below I will discuss the most common signs. The appearance of the symbols may differ slightly for each brand, but they will largely look the same. If the symbol you are looking for is not there, then it is probably a special kind of program. In that case, take a look in the manual of your microwave oven.


Microwave icon

The microwave function is used to quickly defrost or heat food. In addition, the microwave oven is also very suitable for cooking vegetables and potatoes. In a microwave you need much less water than if you would cook them in a pan. This way the vitamins stay in the food, and you do not pour them away with the water.


Icon defrost function microwave

With the defrost function you defrost products without heating them. Quickly defrost a sandwich for breakfast or defrost the mince in the pasta sauce. When using the defrost setting, select the weight, the microwave then starts with the right wattage and the correct defrosting time.


Icon Crisp function microwave

With this function you fry crispy oven fries, give your pizza a crispy bottom or make a rosemary chicken with a crispy skin. The Crisp function only works in combination with a Crisp plate or Crisp scale. The extra hot dish heats the bottom, while the grill focuses on the top of your meal. With the crisp function you accelerate the baking process, so you quickly put a crispy dish on the table.

Fan oven

Icon hot air function microwave

A fan is the hot air function sign. In this mode, the microwave oven uses a fan to distribute the heat evenly throughout the room. The advantage of this is that you can bake relatively quickly. This position is less suitable for baking cakes, but for example an oven dish is fine.


Icon steam function microwave

The steam function on a microwave oven steams vegetables in a steam tray. Fill this container with water and then put it in the microwave. In this way you prepare vegetables without losing taste, vitamins and structure.

Full grill

Icon large microwave grill

With this you switch on the entire grill. You use this stand when you start grilling a griddle. You also use the grill for gratinating a dish and for preparing meat, fish or vegetables. The grill is not recommended for preparing really thick cuts of meat. When you try to grill too thick, you will notice that it is difficult to cook the inside without burning the outside.

Part grill

Icon small grill microwave

With a number of microwave ovens you have the option to use only part of the grill. Take a good look at which part of the grill it is, so you can place the dish under it. Usually this is the middle part of the grill. Use the small grill in the same way as you would use the large grill, only for smaller quantities.

Pizza setting

Icon of microwave oven

The pizza position is often a combination between the convection oven and the heating element at the bottom of the microwave oven. The extra heat from below ensures that your pizza gets a tasty crispy bottom. The pizza position can of course also be used for other dishes that require extra heat from below.

Upper heat

Use upper heat for cakes of which the crust has already been baked and the filling still needs to be baked. Think, for instance, of an apple pie. If you only use the upper heating element, you can prevent your cake from getting a black crust.

Lower heat

Icon under-heated microwave

Under heat, all heat is generated by a heating element at the bottom of the microwave. You use this stand for example for au bain-marie or to bake a dish. But even with dishes that are baked at a high temperature, this stand is useful. With this stand you ensure that the bottom of a pizza or cake gets well warm without the top burning.

Fan grill mode

Icon circulating grill microwave

When you choose for circulation grilling, your oven will alternately switch on the grill and the fan. In this way, the microwave oven blows the hot air around your dish every so often, and larger pieces of meat and fish will also be well cooked. If you would only use the grill for larger pieces of meat and fish, you run the risk that the outside burns and the inside is still raw.

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