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3 months 4 days ago #545040 by Hestia

Since I am both blonde and foreign I do need your help with this matter :)

When I was in NZ first time in my life in late 90's I did find a slow cooker in my hubbie to bes kitchen.
I had never seen such thing and wondered; what is this..

I have during my 11 years in NZ learnt to throw in whatever and just do real marvelous meals in my slow cooker.
Evereything from meat, chicken, fish, caserols and soups,,just open the fridge and use whatever you find and then pick veggies and herbs in garden.
I love to work in the kitchen :)

Anyhow whan I came back to northern europe with my slow cooker,,no one here had a slow cooker,,no one knew what it was..
Since then it has kind of exploded with slow cookers here. They were shit expensive for start but now they are down to basic prices.
But people are still kind of new to this.
The micro wave generation that has been woken up by Jamie Oliver :)
(all those food programs on tv,,so boring, on every channel here on TV) (find them boring even though I myself like to be in the kitchen)

Anyhow, I saw a facebook group in my own lingo and it was called: crock pot - sweden - we that low slow cooking.
I joined and had a photo of my slow cooker bought at the,,dam dam da,, warehouse :)
Told my experience and what my best and simplest recipe is..

Then they threw me out!!!!!
I asked their admin why..
Got the answer that i HAD A SLOW COOKER AND NOT A CROCK POT!!!!

I did google since my humble thoughts up to this has been that slowcooker or crockpot is just and only
as when you vacuum clean and say : I did 'lux the carpet,,as in electrolux or hoower,,
Simply a brandname that has turned in to the name of what you do.

I did then google:
The word "crockpot" has become a generic word for slow cookers. Construction: Crock-Pot and Crock-Pot-style slow cookers have a ceramic or porcelain pot that sits inside the heating unit. Some, although not all, slow cookers of this type are heated from the bottom as well as around the sides of the pot.

Do you guys say crock pot or slow cook and do you have any difference in what these two words describe?

I felt a bit "what the.."when I got thrown out of that groupe since admin said there is a BIG diff between crock pot and a slow cooker,,they are both ceramic thingies with a lid?!!??
Your opinion?

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3 months 3 days ago #545050 by jeannielea

I have heard that the difference is only that when they first came on the market - no idea when - they were crockpots, then they went out of fashion, but when they came back in recent time they were called slow cookers. So you group sounds a bit snobby and I think you have either or both!!

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3 months 3 days ago #545051 by Mudlerk

Hi Hestia, In New Zealand we had crock pots long before slow cookers appeared. They were simply heavy earthenware pots that were used in an oven...no electrical cords, etc.

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3 months 3 days ago #545054 by Ronney

Hi Hestia, good to hear from you. There is no difference at all, they are one and same thing. Go here for their history: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_cooker

I first used a crock pot in the late 1970's and had it for many years before the crock became crazed and finally shattered. I then inherited another and eventually it too fell apart. I was given a slow cooker as a gift and it was exactly the same thing - a ceramic bowl in an insert which holds an element, a control of high, low and off, and took the same amount to cook - between 4-5 hours on high, 7-8 hours on low.

The group you're talking about should do some research.

Cheers,
Ronnie

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3 months 3 days ago #545076 by tonybaker

as said they are one and the same! The only change has been a govt requirement to have a minimum temp setting on auto. It gets up to 70 degrees (I think) and then goes to low setting. The original and best was a Ralta crockpot. Just a brown earthenware bowl and an element underneath.


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3 months 14 hours ago #545181 by McNeish

I spent the first 35 years of my life in England and had a slow cooker. Came to NZ and when I mentioned it no-one knew what I was talking about.....realised after a while that they called them crockpots!

I was also puzzled when we were going on a trip to the beach and someone asked if I was taking a chilli bin.....I had visions of a pot of chilli con carne, which I thought was very inappropriate. In England we called them cool bags.

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3 months 7 hours ago #545194 by Hestia

Chilly bin...esky :) My late hubbie used both words :)

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3 months 7 hours ago #545195 by Hestia

So actually,,that admin that kicked me out of the facebookgroup with:"crock pot - sweden - we that low slow cooking."
I can send her a PM and tell her politely to "eff off" ?! :)

It is like when I use sello,,hoower, lux or wharever..
My cascade bought at the warehouse is still a ceramic slow cooker even though it is not branded croc pot..

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2 months 4 weeks ago #545199 by LongRidge

Hi Suzanne. The important item in that photo is the can of beer :-). Good to see that you are not into that Aquavit stuff - that would be a worry :-).
Very silly of your internet contacts to consider there is a difference. Rather like saying that your pressure cooker is not a saucepan when you use it as a saucepan ;-).
.... or using your crockpot. or slow cooker, or wheat box as a saucepan .....

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2 months 4 weeks ago #545200 by Blueberry

Well, if there is a difference - according to your internet group - have they been able to explain to you WHAT the difference is?

I'm sure we'd all be curious to know... B)


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2 months 4 weeks ago #545211 by max2

When I was a kid growing up in Aussie Mum had a couple of bright orange crock pots and then a brown one. I thought that was a type of ''name'' for the brand of cooker, rather than the word slow cooker which seems to include a variety of devices and brands..

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2 months 4 weeks ago #545212 by McNeish

I have always wondered why Esky. Was it something to do with Eskimoes?

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2 months 4 weeks ago #545230 by Hestia

Yapp :)

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Esky

Bring your eskimo box :)
They created a brand name after the word eskimo

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2 months 4 weeks ago #545240 by Anakei

I thought that when they first came out in England in the 70's they were call Crock-pots and that was a brand name of the first one - made by Sunbeam I think. It then became the generic term for all slow cookers, rather like when the Brits say hoover regardless of its brand when they mean vacuum cleaner. Presumably the FB group only uses the original Crock Pot ?


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2 months 4 weeks ago #545241 by Hestia

Now I got the answer of why they did delete my first and only post without a hint of why.

Or did they even let me know?? Naaah :)

I asked their admin if it was that my slow cooker wasn't a real crock pot with that brand name on it or that they thought it was a slow cooker that had no ceramic pot and just was a pot like a stove pot?
(there are some like that with no ceramic but stil just hooked up to electricity,,like a one pot stove.)
No the answer was..you have made commercial spam..
WTF was my answer?
Did the brand name of my slow cooker show??
I did open up the photo and make it HUGE,,naah, no brand name on my old cascade,,it only says slow/fast/medium on it.
OK, was it that the name of the beer is showing?
Their admin said: just read the rules! You have done commercial spam!

I asked what brand name or commercial and the admin would not reply and said: good bye!

So I stil do not know :) :)
BUT, I do know that the short time I was on their face book group I got amazed over how people were asking things like: can you really just leave it on?
I said in my first and only post that I did learn when I found my first slow cooker in NZ that I learnt that you strart it when you go to bed and you have a meal ypou can bring to lunch at work and if you start it when you leave for work you have dinner ready when you get home from work and that you can threw in whatever,,meat, spuds and veggies and no matter that they cook same time the spuds won't boil so they fall apart since it is s-l-o-w..

They probably just didn't like me :)
Or the fact that I have used one for so many years and learnt that you do not need to worry about time and over cooking..who knows :)

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