A brand spankin' new Crock-Pot The Original Slow Cooker! But wait is it a crock pot or a slow cooker???
Most of us, me included, have no idea the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker so to answer the burning question...Crock-Pot is the trademarked brand name for the Rival brand of slow cookers. Ah ha BUT the glaring difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker is the location of the heating element. Crock pots have the heating element housed in the sides of the appliance base so the heat surrounds the food while the slow cookers heating element is in the bottom of the appliance base heating the food from the bottom. Slow cookers might also have a thermostat for a wide range of temperatures. Either way they both perform the same function...gently cook food low and slow giving us tender and succulent meals each and every time we plug it in.
The Crock-Pot / Slow Cooker is a great weeknight option for busy cooks. It is optimal for tougher cuts of meat, great for soups, side dishes stay warm, and the smell that lingers in the house just screams comfort.
So go break out that Crock Pot / Slow Cooker you have stashed in the pantry and look for some of my favorite crock pot / slow cooker recipes in February!