the 1970s, people have loved the convenience and excellent performance
of this small kitchen appliance. Part of the success must be given to
the crockpot stoneware which makes up the inner part of most slow
Some slow electric cookers are stainless steel, but the
majority are a metal base and a stoneware liner. Stoneware has been
known for centuries as a way to get even heat to the food being cooked,
and the heaviness of the pottery enhances the effect of moderate
Glazed stoneware has a smooth, durable surface
which makes it easy to clean. It also does not impart any flavors to the
food or leach impurities into it. The liners are removable, so no water
needs to touch the electric base during washing, and they are often
attractive enough to go right on the table or buffet.
hot longer in stoneware than it will in metal or glass, and the crock
can be put into a conventional oven for reheating, although you can use
the low setting on the crockpot itself for this purpose as well.
lids of crockpots are not oven-safe, but the crocks themselves can
withstand heats up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with no problem. Foil can
be substituted for the lid when heating in a conventional oven.
stoneware now comes in many sizes, from 16 ounce dip or sauce cookers
to big-family, 7 quart capacity pots. The outer and inner liners are
often very elegant, with designs and bright colors, and both round and
oval crocks look fine on a buffet or on the dining room table.
There are even divided inserts now, so two courses of a meal can be ready by the time everyone gets home in the evening.
a hot meal all ready is the charm of a crockpot. In these busy times
when the whole family can be out all day, and everyone is too tired to
cook a whole meal at night, having a crockpot dinner hot and ready to go
is far better than sending out for pizza or bringing home fast food in a
All meats and vegetables do well in a slow cooker – there
are literally thousands of crockpot recipes out there in cookbook land
and cyberspace – and creative cooks have even developed great desserts
that can be made in this way.
Crockpot stoneware is great for
cooking, pretty for serving, easy to clean, and can even go into the
refrigerator to hold the left overs for tomorrow.