Zanussi ZM21MO manual

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  • Brand: Zanussi
  • Product: Microwave
  • Model/name: ZM21MO
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Turkish, Slovak, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian

Table of Contents

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Before using your microwave oven 4
Technical data 4
Safety instructions 5
– Utensil safety 5
– Testing suitability of cookware 5
– Food safety 6
Installation 8
– Connecting to the mains 8
Oven utensils and accessories guide 9
– Unpacking 9
How to operate your microwave oven 10
– Name and function of parts 10
– Turntable Installation 10
– Control panel 11
– Microwave Cooking 12
– Microwave Power Setting Guide 12
– Defrosting instructions 13
– Microwave Hints 14
– Care and cleaning 15
– Cleaning the accessories (turntable and support) 15
– Cleaning the interior 15
– Cleaning the exterior 15
Guarantee conditions 16
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Thank you for having chosen a Zanussi product. We are convinced that you will find your new microwave oven
very useful and that it will be of great help to you. As with all new kitchen appliances, it will take some time to
learn all the new functions and features, but with time, this oven will become indispensable to you.
Read through the instruction manual carefully and ensure that you follow the recommendations given, these
instructions have been prepared so that you get the best from your new Zanussi Microwave Oven.
It is important that this instruction book is retained with the appliance for future reference. Should the appliance
be sold or transferred to another owner, or if you move house and leave the appliance, always ensure that the
book is supplied with the appliance so that the new owner can be acquainted with the functioning of the
appliance and the relevant warnings.
Overall dimension Weight 11.5 kg
Width 482 mm Volume 21 Litre
Depth 380 mm
Height 283 mm Power source 230V, 50 Hz
Cavity dimension Fuse 8A
Width 315 mm Power consumption 1080W
Depth 300 mm
Height 210 mm Power output 700W
Congratulations on the purchase of your new Microwave
Before using your Microwave Oven
Technical data
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• The built-in safety interlock switches prevent
the microwave oven from operating when the
door is open.
• Do not tamper with them, or attempt to
operate the oven with the door open as open
door operation can result in exposure to
microwave energy.
• Do not allow food spills or cleaner residue to
accumulate on door sealing surfaces. See the
Cleaning and Care section for cleaning
• It is particularly important that the oven door
closes properly and that there is no damage
to the: (1) door (warped), (2) hinges and
latches (broken or insecure), (3) door seals
and sealing surface.
• If the door, hinges/latches or door seals
are damaged, the microwave must not be
operated until it has been repaired by a
authorized service person.
• It is hazardous for anyone except factory
trained service personnel to service or
make adjustments to this oven. Contact
your nearest authorised service agent if
service should be required.
• Do not remove the outer case, door or control
panel at any time. Doing so may cause
exposure to extremely high voltage.
• Install or locate this oven only in accordance
with ‘installation instructions’ found in this
• Use the appliance for its intended use as
described in this manual. Do not use corrosive
chemicals in this appliance. This type of oven
is specifically designed to heat, cook, or
defrost food. It is not designed for industrial or
laboratory use neither for commercial use as
this will invalidate the guarantee.
• Do not operate the oven empty. If food or
water is not present to absorb the microwave
energy, the magnetron tube can be damaged.
• Do not store this appliance outdoors. Do not
use this product near water.
• Do not attempt to dry clothing or newspapers
in the microwave oven. These items can
• Do not use the cavity for storage purposes.
Do not leave paper products, cooking utensils,
or food in the cavity when not in use.
• The temperature of accessible surfaces may
be high when the appliance is operating.
• If smoke is observed, switch off or unplug
the appliance and keep the door closed in
order to stifle any flames. Never use water.
• Only allow children or infirm persons to
use the microwave, without supervision,
when adequate instructions have been
given so that the child or infirm person is
able to use the microwave in a safe way
and understand the hazards of improper
Utensil safety
• Only use utensils that are suitable for use in a
microwave oven.
• Most glass, glass ceramic and heat-resistant
glass-ware utensils are excellent for use in the
micro-wave oven. Although microwave energy will
not heat most glass and ceramic items, these
utensils can become hot as heat transfers from
the food to the container. The use of oven gloves
to remove dishes is recommended.
Testing suitability of cookware
• Utensils should be checked to ensure they are
suitable for use in Microwave Ovens.
• Place the cookware in the microwave along with a
glass half full of water. Heat on (700W) (100%) for
one minute. If the cookware feels hot, you should
not use it. If it is just slightly warm, you can use it
for reheating but not for cooking. If the dish is
room temperature, it is suitable for microwave
Important Safety instructions.
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• Paper napkins, wax paper, paper towels, plates,
cups, cartons, freezer wrap and cardboard are
great convenience utensils. Always be sure
containers are filled with food to absorb energy
and thus avoid the possibility of overheating or
• Many plastic dishes, cups, freezer containers and
plastic wraps may be used in the microwave
oven. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when
using plastics in the oven. Avoid using plastic
utensils with foods that have high fat or sugar
content since these foods reach high
temperatures and could melt some plastics.
• Do not leave oven unattended, and look at it from
time to time when heating or cooking food in
plastic, paper or other combustible containers.
• Metal utensils and utensils with metallic trim
should not be used in the microwave oven, unless
specifically recommended for microwave use.
• Containers with restricted openings, such as
bottles, should not be used for microwave
• Use caution when removing a lid or cover from a
dish to avoid steam burns.
Foil containers
Shallow foil containers may safely be used to reheat
foods in your microwave oven providing the following
rules are observed:
1. Foil containers should not be more than 3 cms
(1 1/4”) deep.
2. Foil lids must not be used.
3. The foil containers must be at least two-thirds full
of food. Empty containers must never be used.
4. Foil containers should be used singly in the
microwave oven and should not be allowed to
touch the sides. If your oven has a metal turntable
or cooking rack, the foil container should be
placed on an upturned oven-proof plate.
5. Foil containers should never be re-used in the
microwave oven.
6. If the microwave oven has been in use for 15
minutes or more, allow it to cool before using it
7. The container and turntable may become hot
during use, take great care when removing either
from the oven. It is advisable to use an oven cloth
or glove when doing so.
8. Remember when using an aluminium foil
container that the reheating or cooking times may
be longer than you are used to, always ensure
that the food is piping hot before serving.
Food safety
• Do not heat food in a can in the microwave
oven. Always remove the food to a suitable
• Deep fat frying should not be done in the
microwave oven, because the fat temperature
cannot be controlled, hazardous situations
can result.
• Popcorn may be prepared in the microwave
oven, but only in special packages or utensils
designed specifically for this purpose. This
cooking operation should never be
• Pierce foods with non-porous skins or
membranes to prevent steam build-up and
bursting. Apples, potatoes, chicken livers, and
egg yolks are examples of items that should
be pierced.
• The contents of feeding bottles and baby food
jars are to be stirred or shaken and the
temperature is to be checked before
consumption, in order to avoid burns.
• Liquids or other foods must not be heated
in sealed containers since they are liable
to explode.
• Microwave heating of beverages can result
in delayed eruptive boiling, therefore care
must be taken when handling the
• When heating liquids, e.g. soups, sauces
and beverages in your microwave oven,
overheating the liquid beyond boiling
point can occur without evidence of
bubbling. This could result in a sudden
boil over of the hot liquid. To prevent this
possibility the following steps should be
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1. Avoid using straight-sided containers with narrow
2. Do not overheat.
3. Stir the liquid before placing the container in the
oven and again halfway through the heating time.
4. After heating, allow to stand in the oven for a
short time, stirring again before carefully removing
the container.
• Some products such as whole eggs and
sealed containers – for example, closed
glass jars – may explode and should not
be heated in this oven. Occasionally,
poached eggs may explode during
cooking. Always pierce the yolk, then
cover and allow the standing time of one
minute before removing cover.
• It is quite normal for steam to be emitted
around the door, or for misting to occur on the
door, or even for water droplets to appear
below the door during the cooking cycle. This
is merely condensation from the heat of the
food and does not affect the safety of your
oven. The door is not intended to seal
• the oven cavity completely.
• Do not force the turntable to rotate by hand.
This may cause malfunctioning.
• Arcing in the oven during microwave
operation usually occurs from use of metallic
utensils. Continuous arcing, however, can
damage the unit. Stop the programme and
check the utensil.
• Care should be taken not to obstruct any air
vents located on the top, rear, side and
bottom of the oven.
• Do not use this oven for commercial
purposes.This oven is made for domestic
use only.
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1. Remove any promotion label from the door.
2. The oven should be installed on a flat, level
surface. The surface must be strong enough to
safely bear the weight (16 kg) of the oven, and
the contents. To avoid the possibility of causing
vibration or noise the oven must be in a stable
3. Keep the oven away from heat and water.
Exposure to heat and water can lower oven
efficiency and lead to malfunctioning, so be sure to
install the oven away from heat and water sources.
4. Do not block air vents on the top and the sides of
the cabinet and also do not place any articles on
the top of the oven. If air vents are blocked during
operation, the oven may overheat, and this may
lead to malfunctioning. Hot air escapes from the
vents, so be sure not to obstruct it or let curtains
come between the oven and the rear wall.
5. Place the oven as far away from radios and TV’s
as possible. This oven does conform to EEC
requirements of radio interference suppression, but
some interference may occur if it is placed too
close to a radio or TV, so keep them as far apart
as possible.
6. If positioned in a corner, leave a gap of at least
10 cm from the walls and 10 cm above the
IMPORTANT! The oven can be placed almost
anywhere in the kitchen. Make sure the oven is
placed on a flat, level surface and that vents as
well as the surface underneath the oven are not
blocked (for sufficient ventilation).
Connecting to the mains
The oven is delivered with the power cord and a plug
for 230V, 50Hz, earthed socket outlet.
Earth protection minimises the risks should a short
circuit occur. Check to ensure the voltage of the oven
matches the supply.
N.B. If the oven is connected to the socket via an
extension cord, make sure the cord is earthed.
• This appliance must not be used on a non-
earth protected power supply. Contact an
electrician if you are uncertain regarding
electrical connection of the oven or
provision of earth protection of the supply.
• This appliance must be earthed. If this
appliance is fitted with a non-rewireable
plug for which your socket is unsuitable, it
must be replaced by the manufacturer, its
service agent or similarly qualified persons
in order to avoid a hazard.
• If the supply cord is damaged, it must be
replaced by the manufacturer, its service
agent or similarly qualified persons in
order to avoid a hazard.
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A variety of Utensils and Materials may be used for cooking in your microwave oven. For your safety and to
prevent damaging utensils and your oven choose appropriate utensils and materials for each cooking method.
The list below is a general guide.
Material Utensils Microwave
Corning ware YES
Heat resistant glass
Glass ware with metal
Ceramic &
Lead crystal glass NO
Without metal
Pottery*2 YES
Microwave oven
heat-proof wear
Plastic wrap YES
Metal Baking pan NO
Aluminium foil*3 YES
Cups, plates, towels YES
Waxed paper YES
Wood NO
Grill rack NO
Turntable YES
Turntable support YES
YES: Utensils and accessories to use NO: Utensils and accessories to avoid
*1 Only if there is no metal trim.
*2 Only if it does not have a glaze containing metal.
*3 NOTE: Use aluminium foil only for shielding purposes, over use may cause arcing.
N.B. When you unpack the oven, check that the product is free from damage. Damage or any missing parts must be
reported immediately to the retailer. The oven, parts of the oven or the accessories may be wrapped by a protection foil. If
so, you must remove this foil before using the oven. Do not leave packing material so that small children can play with it.
This can be hazardous.
Oven utensils and accessories guide
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A. Control panel.
B. Turntable drive shaft
C. Turntable support and roller assembly. Place the
support on the floor of the cooking chamber to
support the turntable.
D. Glass turntable. Food in a suitable container is
placed on this tray for cooking. Do not use the
oven without the turntable.
E. Viewing window. Food can be seen through this
window while cooking
F. Oven door and seal. Oven door must always be
closed during cooking and the faces free from dirt
and build up of food
G. Latch hook and safety interlock system.
1. Place the turntable support on the cavity Bottom.
2. Place the turntable on top of the turntable support
as shown in the diagram. Make sure that turntable
hub is securely locked in the turntable shaft.
Never place the turntable upside down.
• Both turntable and turntable support must
always be used during cooking.
• All food and containers of food are always
placed on this turntable for cooking.
• This turntable rotates clockwise and
anticlockwise; this is normal.
How to operate your microwave oven
Name and function of parts Turntable Installation
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1. Timer
Set for desired cooking time. Cooking
will start as soon as the knob is turned.
Clockwork timers will operate
more accurately if wound past the desired
time and then back.
2. Power Selector
Adjust this knob to select the correct power
level for your food.
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1. Open the door, place the food on the turntable.
Close the door.
2. Set the Power Selector to the desired power
level.(See table below.)
3. Set the Timer to the desired time.
The oven begins cooking.
When cooking for less than 2 minutes, turn the timer
for a longer period and than return to the desired
To turn off the oven during cooking, simply turn the
Timer to 0.
Note: After use, be sure to return the Timer to 0,
or the oven will continue to operate.
Example: To cook at 540W for 15 minutes
1. Turn the power selector to 540W.
2. Turn the timer to 15
3. The Oven will automatically start cooking for 15 minutes at 540W
Power Setting Suggested use
Defrost; Thawing frozen foods.
250 W Keeping food hot
Simmer; Completing the cooking cycle of some pot roasts.
Casseroles and stews.
Baked custards or cheesecakes.
540W Medium; Baking cakes and sponge puddings
Boiling or reheating liquids.
Cooking vegetables.
Preheating a browning dish.
Microwave Power setting Guide
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Some foods such as bread and fruit, can successfully be thawed manually by using the power setting.
Small loaf
Place on microwave-proof rack or kitchen paper.
Turn over halfway through defrosting time.
8–10 min. 10–15 min.
Sliced large loaf
Place on microwave-proof rack or kitchen paper.
Turn over halfway through defrosting time.
10–13 min. 10 min
2 slices Place on kitchen paper. 45–60 sec. 5 min.
1 bread roll Place on kitchen paper. 45–60 sec. 5 min.
2 bread rolls Place on kitchen paper. 1–11/2 min. 5 min.
Cakes and Pastry
Gateau 450g/1 lb Remove from packaging, place on plate. 9–11 min. 15–30 min.
450g/1 lb
Remove from packaging, place on plate. 9–11 min. 15–30 min.
Pie (cooked)
450g/1 lb
Remove from packaging, place on plate. 7– 9 min. 15–30 min.
Pastry 450g/1 lb Remove from packaging, place on plate. 7– 9 min. 15–30 min.
250g/8.8 oz
(1 packet)
If foil wrapped, remove from wrapper and place on a
3– 4 min. 5–10 min.
225g/8 oz
Soft berry fruits
Place in a single layer in a shallow dish. 5– 6 min. 5–10 min.
450g/1 lb
Soft berry fruits
Place in a single layer in a shallow dish.
7– 8 min. 5–10 min.
Plated meal
400g/14 oz
Cover with a plate or non P.V.C. cling film.
To reheat, microwave on 100% (700W)for 3–4 minutes.
7– 8 min 5–10 min.
It is not necessary to defrost vegetables before cooking.
All vegetables can be thawed and cooked on
100% (700W)
Recommendations for Defrosting using
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• Always keep the oven clean – avoid spill-overs
and do not forget to clean under the glass tray
and the inside of the door.
• Preferably use round or oval casseroles with a lid
when cooking in your microwave oven.
• Do not use metal or metal decorated casseroles.
Certain plastic materials can melt and be warped
by hot food.
• Cover the food when cooking. Use a glass lid, a
plate or grease proof paper.
• Pastry, bread and the like can be defrosted
directly in a bread basket or on a paper towel.
• If frozen food is heated in its packaging, the
packaging should be opened. Packaging
containing metal or metal decoration must not be
used unless specifically recommended for use in
the microwave. Remove metal clips and wire ties.
• Smaller pieces of aluminium foil can be used to
cover parts that easily over cook such as chicken
• Food with peel or skin should be pierced with a
fork – e.g. potatoes and sausages. Do not boil
eggs in the microwave oven as they can explode.
• Put large, thick pieces close to the edge of the
casserole and try to cut the food in to even sized
pieces. Always place the food in the centre of the
• The food will be evenly cooked if you stir or turn it
a few times.
• Always set a shorter cooking time than indicated
in your recipe to avoid over cooking. The larger
the amount of food the longer it takes.
• Use little or no water for vegetables.
• Use less salt and spices than for ‘normal’ cooking.
• Season afterwards.
• Allow a few minutes ‘standing’ time after the oven
has switched off to ensure complete and even
cooking results.
• Always ensure food is piping hot throughout
before serving.
• Use pot holders or gloves when taking dishes and
food from the oven.
• Softening Honey
If you have a jar of honey which has
crystallised, remove lid and place the jar in the
oven, microwave on medium power for 2
• Melting Chocolate
Break 100g of chocolate into squares, place in
a bowl and heat on high power for 1-2
minutes and stir well.
• Softening or Melting Butter
Melting takes a few seconds on high power.
Softening is best done more gently on low
• Freshen or Warm Bread
Use medium power for few seconds.
• Peeling Garlic easily
Heat 3 or 4 cloves of garlic on high power for
15 seconds. Squeeze at one end until the
clove pops out.
• Fruit Juice
Citrus fruits will yield more juice if they are
heated on high power for 15 seconds before
• Cooking Porridge
Porridge is easily cooked in the serving dish
with no sticky pan to wash. Follow food
manufacturers’ recommendations.
Microwave Hints Microwave Tips
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The oven must always be clean. Residue of food from spillovers or spatters will attract microwave energy
causing it to burn on. This could reduce the efficiency of the oven and may cause bad odours. Do not attempt
to tamper with or make any adjustments or repairs to any part of the oven. Repairs should only be done by a
qualified service technician.
Be sure the oven is disconnected from the electricity supply before cleaning.
Clean them with mild detergent after removing them from the cavity. The turntable support should be carefully
CAUTION: The inside of the oven and turntable get very hot, so do not touch them immediately after use.
Always keep the inside of the oven clean. Wipe up spill-overs and food spatters immediately. Deposits that are
allowed to remain on the oven walls, door seal and door surface will absorb microwave energy, reduce the
efficiency of the oven, and possibly damage the oven interior. Use mild, liquid detergent, warm water and a
soft, clean cloth to remove deposits.
To loosen difficult deposits, boil a cup of water in the microwave oven for 2 or 3 minutes.
To remove odours from the oven interior, boil a cup of water plus 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for 5 minutes.
Open the oven door when cleaning the control panel. This will prevent the oven from being turned on
accidentally. You should clean outside surfaces of the oven with mild liquid detergent and water followed by a
wiping with clear water to remove any excess detergent. Dry with a soft cloth.
Spray-on window cleaners or all purpose spray-on kitchen cleaners can also be used. Never use abrasive
cleaners, scouring pads or harsh chemicals on outside surfaces of your oven. To prevent damage to the
working parts, do not allow water to seep into ventilation openings.
Care and cleaning
Cleaning the accessories (turntable and support)
Cleaning the interior
Cleaning the exterior
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Zanussi offer the following guarantee to the first purchaser of this appliance:
1. The guarantee is valid for 24 months commencing when the appliance is handed over to the first retail
purchaser, which must be verified by purchase invoice or similar documentation. The guarantee does not
cover commercial use.
2. The guarantee covers all parts or components which fail due to faulty workmanship or faulty material. The
guarantee does not cover appliances where defects or poor performance are due to misuse, accidental
damage, neglect, faulty installation, unauthorised modification or attempted repair, commercial use or
failure to observe requirements and recommendations set out in the instruction book. This guarantee does
not cover such parts as light bulbs, removable glassware, or plastic.
3. Should guarantee repairs be necessary the purchaser must inform the nearest customer service office
(ZANUSSI's service or authorised agent). ZANUSSI reserves the right to stipulate the place of repair (i.e.
the customer's home, place of installation or ZANUSSI workshop).
4. The guarantee or free replacement includes both labour and materials.
5. Repairs carried out under guarantee do not extend the guarantee period for the appliance. Parts removed
during guarantee repairs become the property of ZANUSSI.
6. The Purchaser's statutory rights are not affected by this guarantee.
European Guarantee
If you should move to another country within Europe then your guarantee moves with you to your new home
subject to the following qualifications:
• The guarantee starts from the date you first purchased your product
• The guarantee is for the same period and to the same extent for labour and parts as exists in the new
country of use for this brand or range of products
• This guarantee relates to you and cannot be transferred to another user
• Your new home is within the European Community (EC) or European Free Trade Area
• The product is installed and used in accordance with our instructions and is only used domestically, i.e. a
normal household
• The product is installed taking into account regulations in your new country

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