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National Slow Cooking Month in January encourages us to make delicious meals and maximize our time by using our slow cookers. Also known by the brand name, Crock Pot, slow cookers come in a variety of sizes and styles.

Nearly every family in the United States owns at least one slow cooker. If they don’t, they know someone who does. Irving Naxon invented the slow cooker and applied for a patent in 1936. Eventually, he sold his patent to Rival who later produced the Crock Pot.

The low temperature cooking unit made it possible to cook foods slowly at lower temperatures. Unlike some kitchen devices, like the toaster or a juicer, the slow cooker filled the need of every meal. Home cooks developed recipes for breakfast, lunch, supper, and dessert.

While other modern kitchen items overshadowed the slow cooker in sales, it still has an important place on the counter. The slow cooker is a timekeeper of all our favorite celebrations and comfort foods. Consider every potluck, barbeque, Superbowl and family gathering over the years with slow cookers lined up filled with each cook’s best recipe kept piping hot – nacho dip, soups, chili, baked beans, pulled pork, mac & cheese.  The list goes on and so does the slow cooker.

Helpful Tidbits

  • If you’re new to slow cooking, try the recipes that come with your slow cooker. They are tested for your model.
  • Once the cooking starts, only remove the lid to stir as needed. Moisture loss will cause your meal to become dry.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Today’s slow cookers have multiple settings as well as a warm setting after the food is finished cooking.

Break out your slow cooker and whip up something delicious. Use #SlowCookingMonth to share on social media.

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