Something New?

It has been reported that new electric stove models will have a “deep well” option. This is a removable sunken pot on the stove top in place of one of the eyes. It is used primarily for boiling and slow cooking.

This brought back memories about Mother’s stoves. She had always used a wood burning stove as most families did, for it was about all that was available. Then Sears Roebuck offered a kerosene burning stove, and Mother purchased one. It was easier to use and maintain, but was smelly and hard to keep clean.

Mother heard about these electric stoves but was not sure about their efficiency and the cost of operating one.

Mrs. Cox lived in the community and it was reported that she had purchased an electric stove. Mother felt that if anyone would know about an electric stove it would be her, so she called Mrs. Cox and asked if she might come and see it. Although I was only about 12, I too was anxious to see it and went with Mother.

I now recall the visit because one of the features of the stove was a “deep well boiler.” Many of the first electric stoves had one. It was excellent for cooking a pot roast. Its temperature could be controlled in the same way as one of the stove’s eyes. It acted much like a crock pot and could be used for slow cooking.

I remember Mrs. Cox’ saying that much electricity could be saved by cutting the pot off before the food was done because the unit would remain hot for some time afterwards. Mother was sold and purchased one. That began a long history of pot roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions for dinner every Sunday.