Low and slow
In today’s world when we speak of slow-cookers, better known as Crock-Pots (which is a trademark), we are not using a new method of cooking, just a better method. The pot is an electrical appliance which maintains a relatively low cooking temperature compared to other cooking methods.
In the year 1970, Rival Industries purchased Naxon. With the rights for the Beanery (a bean-pot cooker), Rival began exploration into the world of slow-cookers. The company soon found that many types of foods cooked wonderfully in these appliances. In 1971, 25,000 cookers were brought out for sale to the public as the first official Crock-Pot.
Although slow-cookers today are not perhaps as popular as they once were (after only 10 years on the market, Crock-Pot sales reached $30 million in 1981), why not give them a try? Even if you have never used one, you’ll be pleased what you can create with it.
The advantages of slow-cookers are numerous. The low temperature makes it almost impossible to burn food even if cooked too long. But keep in mind that some meats and most vegetables will become nearly tasteless or "raggy" if overcooked. The slow simmering tenderizes tough cuts of beef, pork and chicken, and also brings a fullness of flavor to homemade soups. When it comes to cooking beans and legumes, the slow cooker is the only way to go. No more soaking overnight. Fill the cooker with water, add beans or legumes, turn heat low and go to bed. When you arise in the morning the contents of your pot are ready for use.