Rival Crock Pot

Rival Crock Pot

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In 1971 the Rival Company introduced the Crock-Pot, an electric cooker containing a removable glass or ceramic crock. By maintaining low temperatures, the Crock-pot cooked food slowly and could be left safely unattended for hours. The appliance quickly gained popularity in the 1970s, as more and more women were working outside the home. Before leaving for work, busy home cooks could start a meal in the crockpot, knowing they would return home to fully cooked food.
Pennsylvania residents Robert and Shirley Hunter received this Rival Crockpot as a Christmas gift from Shirley's mother Martha around 1974. Martha, a high school principal's secretary, found the appliance handy for starting dinner before she left for work in the morning. In the Hunter household Robert actually became the primary cook. His crockpot specialties included stews, sauerkraut with kielbasa, chicken and dumplings, pot roast with vegetables, and the family reunion hot dish, halushki, a traditional Polish dish of cabbage, onion, garlic, and noodles.
Object Name
crock pot
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Robert and Shirley Hunter
Food Culture
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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A white and green model 3100 was dug up out of the basement to give to me when I went off to college. I thought there is no way this old thing with two settings still works. It certainly does! I have considered over the past 8 years or so replacing it with something new but...why? It's simple and it works. There is some rust on the bottom so it doesn't look as sleek as the model pictured here but the ceramic inside looks good as brand new. I don't know if I want to keep it forever or try to give to one of the kids when they go to college lol
I have an harvest orange color that i bought a long while back at second hand store in perfect condition. Model 3100, control no from like new sticker on bottom states: 3100-510 serial # stamped 414. Mine is made in Japan!
I'm still using one that belonged to my mother in late 70's early 80's to cook venison. I can't begin to tell you how delicious slow cooked venison taste coming out of a crockpot. It doesn't matter whether the cut is tough or tender. It cooks it down to a wonderful, soft, tasteful texture. Works wonders on pork also. Looking to buy another good one on Ebay.
I have my grandma's. It came with a metal inserted canister for making breads and cakes. I still have the whole set including the tags and cookbook that at came with. Its a little rusty on the outside but like new on the inside. Lord I miss her. Lol
My avocado Rival came 2nd hand from a thriftstore years ago & it is a cherished part of my kitchen. Not only does it supply warm 70s feelings but it works wonderfully. I just washed it from the rib tip roast. Because I'm a widow I cook the portions sold at store which are too big & I divy them back into frig/freezer using smaller portions for chili, stew or soup, sandwiches, wraps or aside veggies on a plate. Someome will need a crowbar to pry it from my crackling corpse b4 I give it up this treasure!
Amazing device! I got mine from my parents, they bought it in 1971, FIFTY YEARS AGO and it is still going strong. This one is better than the larger new one I bought last year. No company, ever, will make products of this quality again, kinda sad to see, but it is incredible to see a product last 50 years! Good job Rival!!
I have the original red-orange which I too received as a wedding gift in 1970, in July. I still enjoy using it. It works better than my new model, which I wanted because of the removable crock, which mine doesn’t have, and for larger size. So I wonder why they say it came out in 1971. Mine is model 3100/2 manufacturing date code (I think) is A1WC9 on plug prong.
I just bought a Rival crockpot (3154) at the consignment shop this morning for $15 bucks. I was looking for a crockery kettle, like my mother in law had, which went to my sister-in-law. I hope my model is just as good. Does anyone know what year the 3154 was manufactured?
hello! I bought one today at the Goodwill for seven dollars. It’s the orange one, a Rival. And I made the most delicious dinner ever! At first, I was kind of skeptical, thinking that my food could’ve been long finished on the stove top. Then I realize the trade-off was I could go about my business in the garden watering plants, and not have to worry about running back to check the stove, add more liquids, stir, whatever. I’m sold on the crockpot!
My mother got her red/orange one in 1971. The crock was not removable. I still have it and use it.
Found a 1970s model 3150 in my deceased parent’s estate. Had no idea these old appliances were loved. The new ones aren’t as nice. Looking forward to researching all the old colors, patterns and models of the Rival Company.
The earliest Rival Crock Pots had their own serial number and the quality control to go with it. Made in the United States and employees bought the very thing they laid hand to. There is a certain excellence to the materials and attention to detail that keeps the much used and loved items in families, generation after generation. I have an Avocado Green 3100/2, a Harvest Gold 3100, and a pale Avocado Green Magic Hostess 5310 that are still quite nice. The 3100/2 has a removable crock, the other two do not. After trying a new model "Crock Pot" (named so) a couple of weeks ago I had to return it. The smell was so toxic I was sick from it. Reading about hazards of newer appliances and seeing pictures of damage makes me so grateful to have the vintage models! I love to see people use their vintage Crock Pot at potlucks! It's like a warm hug! There was a time when everyone knew how to use one and no complicated direction was needed. Why change that? I love the history of Rival's beginnings as well.
Just finished another fabulous holiday meal from our Rival Crock Pot that was a wedding present in August of 1970.
I have my mother's orange Rival Crock Pot. She got it for Christmas in the early to mid 70's. I still use it. Shame they don't make them like that anymore. I love it.
I remember as a little boy my grandma always had hers on. There was always something cooking in it, and I stood around forever waiting for it to be done. And now 40 years later it sits in my kitchen. I use it as much as my grandma did, but I realized I don't have to stand around it it will be done when I get home.
We got one of these in 1985 and it’s still going strong. Have a pot of baked beans cooking right now. It also came with a good little recipe booklet which I still use.
I got my avocado crockpot for my wedding shower in 1975. Right now it’s full of bubbling salsa chicken and the house smells great.
Does any one know what year Rivals Avocado coloured model 3300 came out?
It was likely at the Chicago’s National Housewares Show in 1971

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