Chances are it's still there, way in the back of the pantry. Just push aside the fondue pot and the sun tea jar, and bingo: It's the plug-in slow cooker, more famously known as the Crock-Pot. Introduced by Rival in 1971, the Crock-Pot is making a big comeback. While consumers have always used some form of slow cooking to produce convenient dinnertime meals that simmer all day, the current wave of interest in the countertop appliance also factors in the economy. “They're great for ...

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