Panasonic's inverter technology on its microwaves gives you consistent low, medium or high power, which is unlike a conventional microwave's stop-and start-method of defrosting and cooking. This is advantageous for defrosting, as it helps create even defrosting, and it makes it possible to defrost food by simply entering the weight of the food.
Press the "Inverter Turbo Defrost" button, enter the weight of the food using the numeric keys in pounds and 10ths of a pound, and press "Start." Defrosting will commence and the timer will count down. However, if the Panasonic Inverter Microwave sounds two beeps halfway, which it will with larger weights, then action needs to be taken, such as turning over the food or rearranging it.
As with any microwave, you should defrost without the wrapper on the food. Drain liquids so they don't cook the food. Using a microwave-safe dish, place roasts fat-side down and poultry breast-side down. If anything, you want to under-defrost, so set the microwave appropriately.
When defrosting, always allow the food to stand for a while after the microwave stops. This will avoid icy centres. Fish, seafood and poultry should be rinsed after the standing time. Meat should not.
Fish and Seafood
You can defrost up to 1.36kg. of fish or seafood. Standing time should be five minutes. When the Panasonic Inverter microwave beeps in mid-defrost, you will need to turn over whole fish and fish steaks and break apart and rearrange crab meat. Fillets will need to be turned over, rearranged and have their ends shielded. Sea scallops will need to be broken apart and have their defrosted pieces removed.
Meat is a little bit more complicated. Bacon's mid-defrost action will simply be to turn it over. Ground meat will need to be turned over, the defrosted meat will need to be removed, any ends should be shielded. Stand time will be 10 minutes. Chops, steaks, ribs and T-bone steaks will need to be turned over, rearranged and the ends and the defrosted surface will need to be shielded. Stand time will be five minutes.
Whole chickens can be defrosted as long as they don't weigh more than 1.36kg. In mid-defrost, turn them over and shield. Their standing time is 20 minutes in the fridge. Same with turkey breast, although up to 5 or 6 lbs. can be defrosted at any one time.
The thinnest parts of food will cook and defrost faster than chunkier bits. Many people believe you can't use strips of foil in a microwave, but you can; just use strips of aluminium foil to shield the thin parts of the food. Wooden toothpicks or cocktail sticks can be used to keep the foil situated.