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Delonghi Livenza Slow Cooker REVIEW

 

How does Delonghi Livenza Slow Cooker work?

Livenza Slow Cooker is a programmable slow cooker that promises to cook food automatically and deliver great results once you set the time and select the preferred cooking mode. It promises to not only cook food well but also keep it warm long after cooking as it can automatically switch to the Keep Warm setting after cooking and keep it warm for up to 12 hours. In case you wish, you can also turn off the cooker manually.

 

What is Delonghi Livenza Slow Cooker suited for?

You can look forward to desired results if you cook the following with Delonghi Livenza Slow Cooker

 

Delonghi Livenza Slow Cooker Inside

 

Low Setting: It is ideal for slow cooking recipes or less tender cuts of meats which have to be cooked for long such as:
  • Baked egg based puddings
  • Beef roast
  • Beef rolls
  • Beef short ribs
  • Chicken/turkey pieces
  • Dressing/stuffing Dried beans/lentils
  • Pork roast
  • Soups with less tender cuts of meat
  • Stewed chicken

 

Medium Setting: This setting is perfect if you begin cooking in the morning so it’s ready in the evening. Opt for this setting if you plan a long, slow cooking session for any occasion. It is ideal for the following foods:
  • Baked potatoes
  • Beef chuck roast
  • Beef roast Beef rolls
  • Beef short ribs
  • Pork ribs
  • Potato casserole
  • Puddings
  • Rice pudding
  • Egg bake Poached pears
  • Pork chops

 

DeLonghi Livenza Programmable Slow-Cooker

 

High Setting: This setting is ideal for days when you have lesser cooking time or if you wish to prepare recipes that are usually baked. Select High setting for the foods below:
  • Broth-based soup
  • Chicken/turkey pieces
  • Roasted meats
  • Steamed potatoes
  • Wild rice casserole
  • Dumplings

 

What is the Livenza Slow Cooker not Suited for?

It is advisable to avoid using the Livenza Slow Cooker by Delonghi for the following foods:
  • Lean meats
  • Raw meats
  • Seafood
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Summer veggies like courgettes, asparagus and pea
  • Raw dried beans
  • Dairy products
  • Meat with skin
  • Alcohol
  • Fresh herbs like coriander, basil, etc.

 

Pros and Cons of Delonghi Livenza Slow Cooker

The following are the advantages of Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi:

  • Saves Energy and Cuts Cost: Livenza Slow Cooker by Delonghi guarantees consumption of minimal power and reduced expenses and yet yielding great results.
  • Safe and Wholesome: Experts endorse cooking in slow cookers as it keeps food protected from bacteria even while cooking on low setting.
  • Convenient and hassle-free: All you have to do while cooking in Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi is place the ingredients in the pot and choose the desired setting for a meal to be ready before turning it on.
  • Fresh and Odor-free Food: Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi creates no smoke, Delicious and Tender Food: All foods including meat are processed ably by Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi that taste great and turn deliciously soft.

 

The following are the Disadvantages of Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi:

Slow cookers, including Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi, do have some limitations (which you need to work around) such as:
  • Time-Consuming: A slow cooker naturally takes more time to cook, so if you need your meal quickly, you cannot rely on it.
  • Advance Planning: Like all slow cookers, using Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi involves a little more planning in advance since it cooks for a prolonged time. That may not accommodate last moment changes in your meal.
  • Not very Suitable for Canned Foods: Slow cookers are generally not able to cook canned food as efficiently as normal appliances do in terms of taste.
  • Uneven Cooking: If you’re mixing different types of ingredients (such as meat and vegetables) to cook in a slow cooker you may not get even results. You need to cook ingredients that take longer to cook in advance for even cooking.
  • Loss of Nutrients: Ingredients tend to lose their nutritional value when they are cooked in a slow cooker longer.

 

What makes Delonghi LIVENZA SLOW COOKER’s Stovetop Cooking Special

Browning and Searing with Livenza – The makers of Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi recommend you to try its Browning and Searing function to explore its potential. Follow the guidelines below to see how you can do it:
  1. Season meat or poultry liberally with a good spice rub before searing.
  2. Coat the cooking pot with cooking oil or butter.
  3. Take the aluminum pot off the slow cooker and keep it directly on the stove-top. Take proper care to prevent any mishap.
  4. When the oil turns hot, add meat to the aluminum pot (fat-side down) and keep the poultry skin-side down. Sear meat for a few minutes until it turns brown and turn food until you find all the sides are brown.
  5. Remove any excess grease and then return the pot to the slow cooker base.
  6. Follow the instructions given for the recipe. make sure you observe the recommended tips for better results.
  7. Use the STAND-BY MODE/ACTIVE MODE OF YOUR SLOW carefully as per the instructions and tips given in the manual.

 

Tips and Safety Guidelines for Livenza Slow Cooker

The following safety guidelines and tips are to be observed using Livenza Slow Cooker by De-Longhi for convenience and desired results:
  • Fill your slow cooker half full / no more than two-thirds only.
  • Never place frozen meat in the slow cooker directly.
  • Make sure you thaw frozen poultry and meat in the refrigerator before putting it in the slow cooker.
  • Avoid removing the lid during cooking time as it slows down cooking time.
  • Ingredients like pasta should be added in the slow cooker (or cooked separately) toward the end of the cooking process so they don’t turn soggy.
  • Ingredients like milk, cheese and cream and soft vegetables should be added during the last hour of cooking time.
  • Place ingredients that take longer to cook at the bottom in the slow cooker.
  • Be careful while adding liquids in the slow cooker as they don’t really boil away in it.
  • Setting the slow cooker on high for the first hour, and then turning it low later gives better results.
  • Use non-stick cooking spray or oil before using the slow cooker for easy cleaning. Slow cooker liners may also be used for cleaning purpose.

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