GE PEM31SFSS Owners Manual


About the features of your GE PEM31SFSS microwave oven

Throughout this GE PEM31SFSS manual, features and appearance may vary from your model.

GE PEM31SFSS Features

Features of the Oven GE PEM31SFSS


  1. Door Latches.
  2. Window with Metal Shield. Screen allows cooking to be viewed while keeping microwaves confined in the oven.
  3. Convenience Guide.
  4. Touch Control Panel Display.
  5. Door Latch Release. Press latch release to open door.
  6. Removable Turntable. Turntable and support must be in place when using the oven. The turntable may be removed for cleaning.
  7. Removable Turntable Support. The turntable support must be in place when using the oven.

NOTE: Rating plate is located on the front of the microwave oven. Oven vent(s) and oven light is located on the inside walls of the microwave oven.

GE PEM31SFSS Optional Accessories

Model Kit

GE PEM31SFSS Cooking Controls 

Check the Convenience Guide before you begin.

Time Features



Cook Time

Amount of cooking time

Defrost Weight/Time Press twice

Amount of defrosting time

Express Cook Press number pads (1-6)

Starts Immediately!

Add 30 Sec

Starts Immediately!

Power Level

Power level 1 to 10


Convenience Features





Starts immediately!

more/less time


Starts immediately!



Food 1-8

more/less time


Starts Immediately!

more/less time


Food 1-3

more/less time

Defrost Weight/Time Press once

Enter food weight


GE PEM31SFSS Changing the Power Level

The power level may be entered or changed immediately after entering the feature time for Cook Time, Time Defrost, Add 30 Sec or Express Cook. the power level may also be changed uring the time countdown.

GE PEM31SFSS Changing the Power Level

  1. Press Cook Time.
  2. Enter cooking or defrosting time
  3. Press Power Level.
  4. Select desired power level 1-10.
  5. Press Start/Pause.

Variable power levels add flexibility to microwave cooking. The power levels on the microwave oven can be compared to the surface units on a range. Each power level gives you microwave energy a certain percent of the time. Power level 7 is microwave energy 70% of the time. Power level 3 is energy 30% of the time. Most cooking will be done on HI which gives you 100% power. Power Level 10 will cook faster but food may need more frequent stirring, rotating or turning over. A lower setting will cook more evenly and need less stirring or rotating of the food.

Same food may have better flavor texture or appearance if one of the lower settings is used. Use a lower power level when cooking foods that have a tendency to boil over, such as scalloped potatoes. Rest periods (when the microwave energy cycles off) give time for the food to “equalize” or transfer heat to the of the food an example of this is shown with power level 3 the defrost cycle. If microwave energy did not cycle off, the outside of the food would cook before the inside was defrosted.

Here are some examples of uses for various power levels:
Power Level 10: Fish, bacon, vegetables, boiling liquids.
Power Level 7: Gentle cooking of meat and poultry; baking casseroles and reheating.
Power Level 5: Slow cooking and tenderizing for stews and less tender cuts of meat.
Power Level 3: Defrosting; simmering; delicate sauces.
Power Level 1: Keeping food warm; softening butter.

About GE PEM31SFSS the time features

Cook Time I
Allows you to microwave for any time up to 99 minutes and 99 seconds. Power level 10 (high) is automatically set, but you may change it for more flexibility

  1. Press Cook Time.
  2. Enter cooking time.
  3. Change power level if you don’t want full power. (Press Power Level. Select a desired power level 1–10.)
  4. Press Start/Pause.

You may open the door during Cook Time to check the food. Close the door and press Start/Pause to resume cooking.

Cook Time II
Lets you change power levels automatically during cooking. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press Cook Time.
  2. Enter the first cook time.
  3. Change the power level if you don’t want full power. (Press Power Level. Select a desired power level 1–10.)
  4. Press Cook Time again.
  5. Enter the second cook time.
  6. Change the power level if you don’t want full power. (Press Power Level. Select a desired power level 1–10.)
  7. Press Start/Pause.

At the end of Cook Time I, Cook Time II counts down.

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