Slow cookers are called Crock Pots, because the Crock Pot became such a common household item. The Crock Pot got its name in 1971, and when other household brands started selling them, everyone associated them with the Crock Pot name, and so the name stuck. So, Crock Pots and slow cookers are in essence the same thing. In any case, cookers are useful in many ways, and they cook a variety of meals. They became popular right around the time that women became very busy, either because they were going to work, or they simply wanted an easier way to cook after a hard day of caring for the kids and the household.
The Crock Pot and slow cookers comes with a ceramic pot that rests inside of an aluminum casing that is electrically wired. The cooker gets its heat from electricity, and as such, is plugged into the wall. When the heating unit heats up, it heats up the ceramic pot. The greatest advantage of them, is that you can just add your ingredients, and forget about it for hours while it cooks. Many people like to add the ingredients of a recipe before they leave the house, and then when they come back home, they are greeted with the warm, delicious smells of whatever they were cooking.
Just about any food course can be cooked inside of Pots and cookers. That goes from appetizers, main courses, soups, beverages, and even deserts! With regards to appetizers, you can make dips, sauces, or finger foods such as meatballs, sausages, or chicken wings. Main courses get the star treatment inside of them. Because of how the heat is distributed in the cooker, meat for example will be tender to the point of falling off the bone. This makes them the best option for cooking large cuts of meat, such as roast, whole chickens, racks of ribs, and stew meats that need lots of tenderizing. Vegetables will retain their natural taste, and anything that is roasted slowly in the cooker will produce lots of juice and broth. There are few things better then smelling the blend of fresh meat, herbs, and vegetable garnishes that will fill your whole home with a delicious fragrance. You will go insane waiting to taste any dish that is prepared in Crock Pots and slow cookers.
As mentioned, warm beverages can be prepared in cookers. Especially in the winter, many people like to make warm apple cider and mulled wine in slow cookers. But deserts can be made as well. Crock Pots and slow cookers are excellent for fruit cobblers, and believe it or not, warm, moist cakes have been “baked” inside of slow cookers. There are many recipes on the internet for cake, desert, and all other food recipes that you can make.
Crock Pots and slow cookers are very inexpensive. They range in size and price, but they are very attainable. They can create meals that are economical as well. If you never buy another kitchen tool, make sure that you have them in your home.