National Slow Cooking Month

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National Slow Cooking Month

January 7, 2019

Cook Slow, Eat Fast

If you’re like most people, you probably have a slow cooker somewhere in your kitchen or pantry. But do you use it? If not, now is your chance. January is known as National Slow Cooking month, and a “Crock Pot” is one of the best ways to slowly cook a delicious meal using low temperatures.

Slow cookers played a big role in the feminism movement in the late twentieth century and had a major part in changing the family dynamic when more and more women went to work. This iconic cooking tool made it possible for a family to enjoy a hot, homemade meal in the evening, without someone spending a lot of time preparing in the kitchen in the late afternoon and early evening.

Slow Cooker History

In 1940, Irving Naxon received a U.S. patent for a slow bean cooker inspired by his grandmother’s cooking in Lithuania. It was initially called The Beanery. However, the slow cooker revolution didn’t truly begin until a rebranding, when the patent was sold to Rival and the appliance was renamed the Crock Pot in 1972.

The Crock Pot became a bonified hit during the 1979 energy crisis. American households began to rely on slow cookers because they used the same amount of energy as an incandescent light bulb, compared to the higher energy and cost of running an oven. Slow cookers were also appealing because they were easier to clean up and required less dishes for cooking.

Over 80% of American households have a slow cooker. And many have heard of the old advertising slogan, “Cooks all day while the cook’s away.” Now, from hostingpotluck parties or teaching children how to cook, slow cookers are still very popular.

Today, there are more than 600,000 Google searches including the phrase “slow cooker” every month. Slow cookers erase the hassle of making dinner, but it can be used for breakfast, lunch, appetizers and even desserts! Modern Crock Pots have additional function that allow you to sauté meat, steam vegetables, and make yogurt.

If you’re looking to try something new, try some of the most popular slow cooker recipes on Pinterest. After hours of cooking, your recipes will make the whole house smell good!

·         Baked Beans

·         Beef Vegetable Soup

·         Buffalo Chicken Dip

·         Butternut Squash Soup

·         Cheesy Enchilada Stew

·         Chicken Enchilada Quinoa

·         Chicken Fajitas

·         Chicken Marsala

·         Chicken Tortilla Soup

·         French Dip Sandwiches

·         Garlic Parmesan Chicken

·         Lasagna

·         Mac & Cheese

·         Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

·         Pulled Pork

·         Ritz Chicken

·         Roast

·         Salisbury Steak

·         Salsa Verde Chicken

·         Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

·         Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes, and Green Beans

·         Spinach Artichoke Dip

 

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