When I defrost meat in my microwave, it will beep about half way through the cycle. I'm assuming this is to indicate to me that I need to do something, I'm just not sure what.

  • Am I supposed to check to see the progress?
  • Am I to remove the meat and re-evaluate?
  • Are there health concerns associated with ignoring the beep?
  • Did you read your manual?
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jul 13, 2013 at 16:40
  • The microwave came built in (over the range) with the house. No manual. Jul 14, 2013 at 2:43

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It's reminding you that flipping meat halfway through the defrost cycle will help prevent the bottom half cooking, while the top remains frozen solid.

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    Mine actually displays "turn over" where the clock belongs while it's beeping. And it makes a huge difference. When I turn it over, I get perfectly defrosted meat. When I don't, it's uneven - still frozen in places and starting to cook in others. Jul 13, 2013 at 17:52

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