There is a big push in our society today to live a more healthy lifestyle. Green living in our house started by emphasizing eating healthier foods, and eliminating processed foods from our diets.
Living a green life eventually extended from the foods we eat to using cookware that is safe. I was excited when Xtrema Cookware contacted me, and asked if I would be interested to try their 100% ceramic cookware 10″ skillet, and write about it on my cooking blog for dads.
Over time, people wanted to move away from Teflon-coated non-stick cookware, which is made made with Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This is the potentially toxic chemical used to create the non-stick cooking surface in this cookware. It’s been around for years.
They sent me a 10″ Xtrema ceramic skillet with lid to try it out. I made my favorite fried rice dish to put it to test.
The skillet heats up quickly and evenly, and there are no cold spots. This makes cooking a joy. I found the high walls do a great job to keep the rice in the skillet and not all over the stove top.
The Xtrema 10″ skillet quickly became my go-to skillet for our everyday cooking. Ceramcor now offers a full line of ceramic cookware cookware that is safe and 100% PFOA free. You can learn more here.
Why I Use Xtrema Ceramic?
Xtrema Cookware from Ceramcor is sturdy and beautiful PFOA-free pure ceramic cookware. Now you can cook the way our ancestors did from the beginning of time.
It is made from just clay and water and can handle heat up to 2000 degrees F. I don’t think you will ever need that much heat, but if you do your Xtrema can handle it!.
Xtrema cookware is made from natural clay from the earth and water, and is free of any toxic man-made chemicals, like PFOA. This is a man-made chemical, which was developed in the 1940. It is applied to the cooking surface of aluminum cookware to make it non-stick.
The 10″ skillet heats up quickly and evenly, and there are no cold spots. This makes cooking a joy. I found the high walls do a great job to keep the food in the skillet and not all over the stove top.
The comfortable silicone heat resistant handle sleeve is a nice addition. Pure Ceramic cookware can get hot, and the sleeve keeps my hand from getting a burn. I didn’t need to use a towel when taking the skillet off the burner or from the oven, which is cool. If the sleeve gets dirty, no problem. Just a quick wipe down with a sponge is all it takes and it looks brand new.
The Xtrema 100% ceramic cookware 10″ skillet quickly became my go-to skillet for our everyday cooking.
Ceramcor has the Xtrema ceramic cookware tested on a yearly basis. This is to certify it is free of toxic chemicals, such as lead and cadmium.
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Oldest Known Form Of Cookware
100% Ceramic cookware is the oldest known form of cookware, which dates back to the dawn of civilization.
Xtrema Cookware from Ceramcor is real green
eco-friendly cookware. It is made the same way our ancestors made clay cookware thousands of years ago. It is made predominantly with clay, water and inorganic materials found naturally in the earth.
The Xtrema Cookware is so durable, it can withstand temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. You will probably never need to cook food at such extreme temps that can melt metal cookware.
Is Pure Ceramic Cookware Safe to Use?
You may be wondering is ceramic cookware that is safe? Pure ceramic cookware, like Xtrema Pure Ceramic Cookware, is the real green cookware. It is made predominantly with two ingredients found naturally on earth – water and clay.
The shiny black glaze that helps to make pure ceramic cookware non stick is also made from ceramic. There is no risk of the non stick cookware leaching toxic chemicals into your food, and ultimately into your body, like Teflon-coated non stick cookware.
To help achieve this, Xtrema is the best ceramic cookware. It is 100% free of harmful toxins, such as lead, cadmium, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which can leach into your food and cause potential health issues.
The toxic chemicals found in non stick cookware won’t leach into your food. This is a huge benefit when I’m cooking. I want to know I am using cookware that is safe, and I’m not poisoning my family with toxic chemicals.
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How is Xtrema Cookware made?
Is Xtrema Cookware Safe?
Ceramcor has their products tested to ensure they meet the following standards:
- Lead free
- Cadmium free
- In full compliance with USDA to ensure products are free of lead and cadmium
- Meets California Prop 65 standards for hazardous materials.
What Cooking Surfaces will Xtrema 100% Ceramic Cookware work on?
- Glass top
- Induction (must use induction disk, available here)
Other Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Pieces:
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How Well Does Ceramic Cookware Perform in the kitchen?
Do You Need to Season Xtrema Cookware before use?
No, Seasoning is not needed on your Xtrema Ceramic. Just wash with warm water before use, and you are ready to go.
How Do You Sear Meat in Your Xtrema Pure Ceramic Skillet?
One of the most common functions most home cooks do is sear meat to lock in juices before putting meat in the oven.
You can even sear meat in PFOA-Free Non stick cookware, it just needs to be done a little differently than you may be used to. You should never put meat onto a cold ceramic cooking surface.
The key to searing meat is having a hot surface. The best way to get ceramic cookware hot for searing is to place your Xtrema ceramic skillet in a 450 degree oven for 5 minutes, then place on a burner at Med to Med High heat, and then place your meat into the skillet to sear.
While this may seem like a complicated process, it usually takes about 5 minutes to heat up a metal skillet on the stove top to get it hot enough for searing meat, and with your Xtrema Cookware, you are simply using your oven instead of a burner to get the ceramic skillet hot enough to sear meat.
Is Xtrema Cookware Easy to Clean?
Cermacor says you can clean Xtrema Ceramic with a sponge and warm water, steel wool or brillo pads.
These are just a few of the many benefits of ceramic cookware. You may decide if this is the green cookware for you.
You can wash 100% ceramic cookware in a dishwasher. Manufacturer recommends hand washing.
My go-to cleaner to remove stubborn hard to remove stains and food particles is baking soda.
The light scrubbing action with baking soda is similar to the way detergent breaks down and removes stains from your clothes. Baking soda is tough on stains, but is remarkably gentle to your ceramic cookware.
Is Xtrema Kosher Certified?
Yes, Xtrema ceramic Cookware is kosher certified, but due to the porous consistency of ceramic cookware, you will need separate pieces for dairy and meat use.
Pros of Xtrema Ceramcor Cookware
- Allows you to use low to medium heat.
- Works on a stove top or in an oven.
- Lead and Cadmium free and Heavy Toxic Metal Free for your safety.
- PFOA & PTFE Free with no unsafe non-stick coating.
- Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Can Withstand Temperatures of 2,700F, unlike metal cookware, which can melt at 2,200F.
- Store in fridge or freezer.
- This durable cooking surface won’t ever scratch.
- Easy to clean with sponge and warm water.
- Xtrema is dishwasher safe.
- Xtrema Cookware has a 50 Year Warranty against scratching.
- 100% ceramic cookware has no trace metals or chemicals that can leach into your food during cooking.
Cons of Xtrema Cookware:
- Can break if dropped on a hard surface.
- Doesn’t stack easily for storage.
- Can take a bit of time learning to cook with ceramic cookware.
- Only sold online
Can Xtrema Cookware chip or break?
Xtrema Ceramic Cookware can chip or break if dropped onto a hard surface. Stack carefully in the cupboard or dishwasher.
What Appliances Can You Cook with Xtrema Cookware?
Xtrema works on the following cooking surfaces:
- stove top
- in the oven
- under the broiler
- in a microwave
- on the grill
How Do You store Xtrema Cookware?
The manufacturer recommends you store your Xtrema pieces separately if space permits. Stacking ceramic cookware may cause cracking or chipping.
If you must nest Xtrema pieces for space constraint, place a cloth or paper towel inside each piece. Another tip is to reverse the covers when storing each pot separately. This will help prevent the covers from chipping.
What Utensils Can You Use with Xtrema?
You should only use nylon, wood or silicone tools when cooking with Xtrema cookware. Metal utensils may leave unsightly gray marks on the cooking surface (not scratches).
Where Can You Buy Xtrema Cookware?
To save you money in reduced shipping and handling costs from warehouses to department stores and eventually to your kitchen, Xtrema Cookware is shipped directly from the Cermacore distribution center in New Jersey to your door.
You can visit the Xtrema Cookware Store here.
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