Awhile back I came across the Slow Cooker Mate online. It is a slow cooker with three different areas so a full meal can be completed in one pot. It was one of those things that I see and say, “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”
When I found out that it was invented by a Dallas mom I had to find out more.
Diana was sweet to send me her story. I am going to let her tell it in her own words…
After many years of trying to have children, I finally gave birth to a beautiful little girl. At that time, I had a very successful accounting practice and was working a lot of hours. I was very unhappy being away from my daughter so much so I decided to close my practice.
I knew I was not going to completely quit working. I wanted to find something I was passionate about but could work on while being with my daughter. I have always been envious of people who were passionate about their work and have always wanted to be one of them.
After a lot of soul searching, I decided my passion was cooking.
I didn't have enough recipes to write a cookbook and a restaurant or catering business was out of the question because of the long hours they required. I also did not have a food product that I felt was unique enough to market.
Then, one day, I was in a store and passed by the slow cookers. I remembered making a comment probably 10 years before that I loved my slow cooker and did not understand why it only cooked a one pot meal. I had seen cookers that were divided in two but even that seemed inadequate.
Why can't it cook an entire meal? That being an entrÃ©e and two separate side dishes. After all, that is the type of meals we eat.
Something kept nagging at me. What is a slow cooker? It is just a small oven that cooks at a low temperature. So, why won't it work? This was when I took the first step down the path and built the first very crude prototype. I was very pleased when the first prototype really did work.
It really cooked the meal.
I did a lot of research to see what was on the market and did a survey of my target market to determine if there was any interest in a product like this. The results were very encouraging so, I continued working on the prototype and located a manufacturer who could make the product for me.
After 3 years of developing the prototype and working with the manufacturer, I have just introduced Slow Cooker Mateâ„¢ to the market. I hope this product will make it easier for Moms to put a nutritious meal together for their families and give them more time to enjoy their families.