Universal Mult-I-Heat Economy Cooker
The Mult-I-Heat Economy Cooker was one of the features
found on Universal Electric ranges in the 1930s.
The Economy Cooker was one of the most useful and
efficient features of the ranges. The Economy Cooker
was used for cooking food that required long and slow
cooking. It was possible for an entire meal to be
prepared in the Cooker.
The surface cook top of the ranges contained an insulated
well in place of a burner. It was equipped with a
heavy 6 quart aluminum pan which fit down into the well.
The insulated well for the
Economy Cooker is shown in the upper left corner
of the range surface top.
Also included were two 2 quart aluminum pans with tight
fitting lids, a rack and a cover. It had its own
heat control knob and cooked at a low wattage.
A frying basket that fit into the 6 quart pan was also
available to be used for deep fat frying.
Besides slow cooking, the Economy Cooker could also be
used as a bottle sterilizer for baby bottles, jelly glasses
or canning jars.
Shown below are a couple of recipes from a Universal
cookbook, Recipes and Instructions for
Universal Electric Ranges, circa 1940, to give you an
idea of how the Economy Cooker was used.
CHICKEN STEW WITH DUMPLINGS
4 to 5 pound hen
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 carrots, sliced
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons butter
Cut hen in pieces as for frying, put into Economy Cooker,
cover with water, adding salt and pepper. Turn switch
to LOW for approximately 2 hours. Add carrots and peas
and cook another hour. Thicken stock with flour
diluted in cold water and add to chicken and vegetables.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
Blend dry ingredients. Combine milk and egg, stir
into dry ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls over thick
stew. Cover. Turn switch to MEDIUM until
steaming and then to SIMMER about 15 minutes.
This photo shows the Roast,
Vegetables and Steamed Pudding that was cooked
in the Economy Cooker, as well as the components
of the Cooker that were used in the preparation
of the meal.
The Economy Cooker could be thought of as a forerunner to
the modern slow cooker or Crock-Pot. Very little
electricity was used to cook with the Economy Cooker.