Ahh the crock pot! You know, you can use it for more than just cholent! In fact, all week, I will be posting recipes that you can prepare in advance, freeze in gallon freezer-bags and then pop into the crock pot as you leave your house in the morning. When you get home at the end of your day, you will have a nice warm, slow-cooked meal waiting for you! All you need to do make some rice or pasta (depending on the dish) and voila! You’ve got a meal that would have taken you hours to prepare ready for you and your family.
Interesting fact: Did you know the Crock-Pot was invented by a Yid? Irving Naxon, the inventor of the crock-pot got the idea from the stories his mother would tell him of when she was growing up back in the old country, each Friday afternoon her mother would send her to the local bakery with their pot of prepared but yet uncooked cholent. There it would be put into the oven for a full day, while the family observed the Sabbath and the hot oven cooled to warm while not in use for that same period. At sundown she would go to the bakery and bring the family their delicious pot of steamy stew.
Irving remembered the story and was inspired to find a way to create a heating element that surrounded the pot in the same way that an oven would have. He wanted to find a low cost, low electricity use solution.Today, the crock pot is central to American cooking. Irving passed away in 1989, but I’m sure he would have been proud to see his invention used for his mother’s cholent, and so much more!
To read more about Irving Naxon go to http://www.beyondbubbie.com/my-dad-the-inventor-of-the-crock-pot/