History of the Slow Cooker

The modern slow cooker first came to the market in the 1960’s. It was described as a bean cooker. In the year 1970, a company named Rival Industries purchased Naxon, who were the first company to introduce a slow cooker to the market, this began Rival’s exploration into the world of slow cookers.

The company found that many types of foods cooked wonderfully with this same method. After this was discovered, 25,000 cookers were brought out and sold to the public as the first official ‘Crock-Pot’ during 1971. In 1974 the first slow cooker with a removable pot was available for sale to consumers.

Cook While You Work

In the 1970’s, manufacturers started to show people how easy fixing meals would be in a slow cooker. This appealed to people in employment because they could cook a meal while they were at work. By the middle of the 1970’s, many companies were making versions, a large consumer market had been created.

An abundance of makes and models, in a variety of sizes, were produced and manufacturers have not looked back since the slow cookers conception.

While the basic concept remains the same today, cookers now come with automatic controls and even timers to help the user cook in a more efficient way.

You can find deluxe, large-size models if you have a large family and you can cook a wide range of meals from beef stew to lamb shanks in them. They are great for spaghetti sauce, chili, and just about any one-pot meal you can think of. Everyone has such a busy life these days, the slow-cooker is used on a daily basis in some homes.

Size and Capacity

You can find them ranging from a 16-ounce size up to a 7.4-quart size. This is the size of the cooking pot. They have settings for cooking on high or low and most have a warming setting. The low setting heats to a temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit with the high setting heating food to 190 degrees to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information, visit website.

Each recipe requires different amounts of liquid, follow a cookbook for instructions, or the operating instructions that come with the appliance.

Another innovation that has happened with slow cookers is that of the rice cooker. Special rice cookers are no more than an offshoot of the original slow cookers. So the history goes on for the very convenient cooking tool.