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!!
Hi Hestia, good to hear from you. There is no difference at all, they are one and same thing. Go here for their history:
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.
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.
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.
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..
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 .....
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...
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..
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 ?
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