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Fun Fact February 10, 2020

10 February 2020


Most all of us have at least one of these in our homes.  They live in the pantry, a bottom cupboard or sometimes right out in the open on our countertops.  I’m talking about the Crock Pot.  What would church picnics or family reunions be without this handy kitchen appliance?  So how did it come about?  It all starts with a Jewish mother who told her son about a traditional Jewish bean stew called Cholent.  That son was named Irving Naxon who in 1940 applied for a patent for his Naxon Beanery.  It consisted of an insert that was held up by a heating device which allowed for even heating of the insert contents.  Best of all, it was portable.  In the early 70’s Naxon sold his invention to Rival who rebranded his Beanery and put it on the market as the Crock Pot.    It was marketed toward working mothers who could put food in the pot before leaving for the office and come home to a cooked meal.  As an ad in 1976 for The Crock Pot said; “cooks all day while the cook’s away.”  The Crock Pot sold millions through the ’70s.  Today more than 85% of households own at least one slow cooker.  Remember all slow cookers are not Crock Pots.  Crock Pot is a brand name owned by Rival.  There are other slow cookers on the market, but most everyone refers to them as Crock Pots, much like we say Kleenex for all facial tissues or Q-Tips for all cotton swabs.


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