Slow Cooker or Crock Pot®
So What Is The Difference Between A Slow Cooker And A Crock Pot®?
Crock-Pot® is the registered trademark of Jarden Consumer Solutions and is a brand of Slow cookers.
A slow cooker is a stand alone appliance with a heating element and a ceramic inner dish that cooks foods with slow, moist heat - allowing the meal to be cooked over a long period of time.
Some models of slow cooker have the heating element on the bottom. This means you may need to stir occasionally to prevent sticking. It will usually have a thermostat allowing a range of cooking temperatures.
The most common type and the one we however prefer has the heating element around the sides of the container. It will generally have a crockery insert, where you place the food. This insert is removable - making cleaning so easy.
What Jarden Consumer Solutions Has To Say
Since Jarden Consumer Solutions own the registered trademark of Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker it seems appropriate to here what they have to say:
You'll see the word 'crockpot' and may presume it's the original brand of slow cooker. But if it's spelled 'crockpot' without a hyphen and ® then it's not a Crock-Pot® slow cooker.
There is no such thing as a crock pot. Crock-Pot® slow cookers are the original slow cookers. We have many different models to serve individual needs including an array of sizes, programming and features.
The Crock-Pot® brand's concept of slow cooking is so different - so improved over ordinary ways of preparing foods - that you'll be glad to learn about it's advantages.
It all started in August of 1970 with a simple bean-cooker: a glazed brown crock liner, white steel housing and aluminum lid. What the Crock-Pot® brand did first was expand the cookbook to offer a real practical variety of dishes for the bean-cooker. The brand then redesigned the product's outer wrapper and added handles and a glass lid. By associating the crockery liner with its pot-like shape, out came the name Crock-Pot® slow cooker. This slow electric stoneware cooker introduced a new category of appliances to the trade in January 1971 and revolutionized the way Americans cooked for their families.
Slow electric cooking in stoneware combines brand new - old time principles to produce exceptional flavor, nutrition and economy cooking. Low-watt heat surrounds the food to bring it gently to the peak of perfection. A Crock-Pot® slow cooker (not a crockpot) does not heat from the bottom - so you'll have no scorching and less boiling away of juices and nutrients. Less chance of overcooking, or shrinking of meats.
Some very interesting information - thankyou to Jarden Consumer Solutions for their input.
All our Recipes will work in a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker or any other brand of Slow Cooker.
So just because it says slow cooker recipe does not mean you can't use it in the Crock Pot® and vice versa.