What are the Benefits of Cooking with Real Ceramic Cookware?

What are the Benefits of Cooking with Real Ceramic Cookware?

I recently received an Xtrema 12″ ceramic skillet from Ceramcor, and in my inspection was impressed with the quality and construction of this ceramic cookware.  Most of the skillets we use in our kitchen have low walls, except our cast iron skillet, which allows food to spill over the sides on to the stove top.

I liked that Xtrema made their skillet with high walls,which makes for a deep cooking area, and wondered how well it would cook and prevent food from spilling over the sides and making a mess on our stove top.

Ceramic cookware can get hot on the stovetop, so Ceramcor includes a washable silicone sleeve that fits over the handle to prevent burns.

Below you will see the recipe (including pictures) that I made using the Xtrema Ceramic 12″ skillet.

Cooking with real ceramic cookware is a little different than cooking with ceramic coated cookware, or other types of PFOA-Free non stick cookware.

Most other types of ceramic cookware start with aluminum cookware, then it is coated with a synthetic ceramic coating typically made from inorganic minerals, such as silicon and oxygen, in a process that creates a hard non stick cooking surface.

How can you tell if you are using real ceramic cookware vs ceramic coated cookware, when they are all marketed as “ceramic cookware” ?

 

  • Real ceramic cookware is made by pouring clay into a mold, and firing it in a kiln.
  • Ceramic-coated cookware has a aluminum outer shell.
  • Ceramic-coated cookware has a metal handle that is riveted on.
  • Real ceramic cookware has a ceramic handle that is part of cookware.
  • Ceramic cookware will break if dropped, while ceramic-coated cookware will not.

 

How to Cook with Real Ceramic Cookware?

 

  • With many types of cookware, you heat up the pan first, then add the oil and then the food to be cooked.  With real ceramic cookware, you need to put the oil in when the pan is cold and let the oil warm up as the pan heats up.
  • When using a ceramic skillet, always use low to medium heat.  It is recommended never to use high heat.
  • Heat the skillet on low, then turn up the heat to medium after the ceramic skillet is hot.
  • You can heat water in a ceramic saucepan on high.
  • Ceramic cookware is not non-stick cookware, so you may need to periodically add a bit more oil to prevent food from sticking to the skillet.
  • Never use metal utensils in a ceramic skillet to prevent scratching.  It is recommended to use wood or silicone utensils

 

My Healthy Fried Rice in a Ceramic Skillet?

 

What is healthy fried rice?  In this version of fried rice, I use caulirice, which is rice made from cauliflower, which is a healthy alternative to grain-based rice.

You can make the caulirice yourself, or you can find caulirice, also called riced cauliflower, in the freezer section of your local grocery store.

 

1. Heat up oil in skillet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Add vegetables and cook for 3 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Add caulirice and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often to combine ingredients and heat through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Add eggs to rice and stir breaking up egg into small pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce or liquid aminos (which is a healthier alternative to soy sauce), and stir well to combine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this recipe I made the eggs in a separate pan, then added them to my rice dish.

Here is a video on how to make an omelette in an Xtrema Ceramcor skillet.

 

Learn more about Xtrema Cookware Here

 

You can learn more about Xtrema cookware, how it is made, why it is the real green cookware from the dawn of mankind, and finally you can read my Xtrema Cookware Review and find out how you can purchase your own set of Xtrema Ceramic Cookware.

 

Ken Weiss

Ken Weiss is a blogger and stay at home dad.He is the founder of the-cookingpot.com, a cooking blog for stay at home dads, that offers cookware reviews, easy recipes and tips on how to make money with a blog.

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