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Standing time is the time we need to keep aside the food after the food is cooked in MW. Microwaves generated by the magnetron are distributed uniformly as the food rotates on the glass plate. The food is thus cooked evenly. The microwaves are absorbed by the food up to a depth of about 25 mm (1"). Cooking then continues as the heat is distributed within the food. As the centre of the food is cooked by heat distribution, cooking continues even when you have taken the food out of the oven. Standing time specified in recipes must therefore be respected to ensure both even cooking of the food right to the centre as also achieving the same temperature throughout the food. Food in MW is extremely hot and the actual cooking is completed in the standing time only. Hence ideally food cooked in MW is kept aside for 3-5 minutes so that the heat is evenly distributed within the food.

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