How Does A Slow Cooker Work?

The crock pot, slow cooker, was born from the hand of Irving Naxon (born Irving Nachumsohn), who developed the Naxon Beanery or Bean Pot inspired by a story told by his grandmother de él, Tamara Kaslovski.

She remembered how, when she was little and lived in Lithuania, her mother would send her every Friday afternoon to the bakery with a pot of cholent, a traditional stew of Ashkenazi Jews.

The stew was cooked in the residual heat of the bread oven for a whole day and collected by the family at sunset, after observing the Sabbath.

Based on this memory, Naxon thought of building a portable appliance. That, imitating the mild heat of that bakery oven, would allow cooking slowly, for many hours and at very low cost in a domestic kitchen.

Irving Naxon filed the patent in 1936 and the Naxon Beanery went on the market in 1950. But his company de he-Naxon Utilities Corporation of Chicago-was making solar lamps and portable laundry equipment, and the Bean Pot went virtually unnoticed.

Finally, in 1970, Rival purchased the Naxon business and began marketing the slow cooker under the Crock-Pot brand.

  1. How does a slow cooker work?
  2. The 'Keep warm' and 'Auto' functions

How does a slow cooker work?

Let's get to know better this kitchen appliance that, with a really simple mechanism, works miracles with legumes, meats and stews. The slow cooker has two parts: a metal casing with electrical power supply and a removable ceramic container with a lid.

The casing is plugged into the electrical current and heated by internal resistors. The heat is transmitted to the removable pot. Which rests inside it, allowing cooking through a temperature that rises slowly. And gradually until reaching, after a prolonged period of operation. A maximum between 203°F and 212°F (95ºC or 100°C).

Slow cookers have several functions that are accessed through a simple manual control in the most basic versions. Or a digital panel in the more sophisticated models. The two main temperature settings are HIGH and LOW.

Both reach the same final temperature, limited to a maximum of 212°F (100ºC), but the difference is in the time it takes to reach that maximum: HIGH takes almost half as long as LOW to reach the same temperature.

The 'Keep warm' and 'Auto' functions

Depending on the models, we can find the KEEP WARM function, which is applied to the food once it has been cooked to keep it at an optimal serving temperature. Keep in mind that this function continues to cook food, although to a lesser extent. So its use is only recommended for a short period of time.

Another of the functions that can be presented is the AUTO mode designed for cooking that needs a good initial heat input. Such as frozen or excessively cold pieces. In AUTO, the slow cooker works on HIGH for the first hour, switching to LOW for the rest of cooking.

As you can see, the slow cooker is an electrical appliance with very basic technology and easy to use. As you use the crock pot and cook our recipes, you will be more and more piloting in terms of the times. And the amount of liquid to add.

If you want to compare between different models, you can consult our slow cooker evaluator, through which, once your decision has been made, you can purchase your slow cooker.

This is all about how does a slow cooker work.

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Sergio Suárez Benitez

Communications professional and disseminator of natural and cultural heritage. Believer in the idea that another world is possible.

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