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A Quick History of the Crock Pot

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A Quick History of the Crock Pot

Crock Pot

First, let me clarify that Crock-Pot is a brand of slow cooker manufactured by Rival Manufacturing that gained popularity in the seventies. The Crock-Pot was marketed as a time saving appliance that would cook food for the housewife that wanted to join the workforce.

Like the microwave and dishwasher, Crock-Pots were considered servants that made the work of a housewife easier. Dinner could "cook itself" and did not require anyone be in attendance. 

The popularity of slow cookers peaked in the eighties and with the advent of recipe sharing sites, Pinterest, a new generation of user's has renewed the popularity of the Crock-Pot.

The image of the Crock-Pot below is from the Smithsonian Museum of American History and depicts a Crock from 1974. The owner received the Crock as a gift and as a school principal, she used it to cook meals for her family while she worked during the day.

C. 1974 Crock-Pot

Origins

Originally, the Crock-Pot was called the Naxon Beanery All Purpose Cooker or The Boston Beanery (depening on source). It was invented by Irving Naxon (Nachumsohn) and patented in 1940. Naxon invented the cooker to properly re-create a food dish (cholent) his Lithuanian-Jewish mother often told him stories about.

Image: Irving Naxon source

Irving Naxon inventor of slow cooker

Rival Manufacturing purchased the patent from Naxon in the early seventies and began selling it under the familiar Crock-Pot name.

Pop Culture

According to Google Trends, searches related to the term "Crock-Pot"  have been trending this week. After appearing on the NBC hit television show This Is Us Americans hit the internet to research the popular small appliance. If you haven't joined the millions of American viewers that tune in on Tuesday night's, NOW is the time to do so! I will not spoil it for you here but I don't know how long I can hold back.

Image: Results From Google Trends for Jan 19 - 26, 2018

Current This Is Us fans, did you shed enough tears during the much anticipated reveal show to, well fittingly, fill a Crock-Pot? I certainly did! Have you seen-heard about the Crock-Pot backlash since the episode aired? I just read an article that Rival was forced to create a Twitter account (@CrockPotCares) for Crock-Pot to defend the safety of the product.

Image: Crock Pot defends safety on Twitter

Twitter image

Thoughts? Comments?

FYI

Did you know that January is National Slow Cooker month?

 

Sources-Further Reading

Ingall, Marjorie. "Meet the Jewish Inventor of the Slow Cooker". 3 August 2017 Tablet Mag

Pricier, Deena. "Cholent: The Original Slow-Cooked Dish".

Young, Jessica. "The Birth of the Crock-Pot" 22 Feb 2014 NPR Food History and Culture

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