Evolution of the Crock-Pot

Featured Article, Food
on May 19, 2014
Evolution of the Crock Pot

Ever since humans learned to cook with fire, we’ve been refining the process. In the early 1970s, the Crock-Pot helped cooking evolve to yet another new level, freeing cooks up for other things—like even leaving the kitchen, or the house, entirely.

The first Crock-Pots, made by the Naxon corporation (later purchased by Rival), were fairly basic affairs: Raw foods and liquids got hot, and stayed that way. They were based on earlier prototypes—from 1936—that encased food inside a shell, or “crock,” within a casing that provided heat. Crock-Pots, later marketed as generic “slow cookers” by numerous other brands, became commonplace in kitchens of the 1970s and ’80s.

Today, slow cookers have gone hi-tech, with self-stirrers, smart- cooking functions, digital timers and other sophisticated settings. Crock-Pot offers a line of pre-made, ready-to- “crock” meals, Crock-Pot Cuisine, that can be ordered online at crock-pot. com. And the company is working on the launch of a slow cooker that can be operated wirelessly, with a smart phone or other mobile device.

As slow cookers move into the future, they retain an essential element of their past: They’re still versatile, handy-dandy kitchen aides for getting a hot, delicious meal on the table with a minimum of fuss, mess, hustle and bustle. Crock-Pots rock!