Xtrema Ceramcor Cookware Review
If you are looking for safe and healthy non stick green cookware, Xtrema Ceramic Cookware from Ceramcor may be the way to go.
Xtrema is a sturdy and beautiful PFOA-free 100% ceramic cookware line that allows you cook the way our ancestors cooked from the beginning of time, with cookware made from natural clay and water from the earth, and is free of toxic man-made chemicals found in some cookware that can leech into your food.
I was given an Xtrema 10″ skillet, and was immediately impressed how large it is. With our other non stick skillets, the walls are somewhat shallow, and food can pour over the sides on to the burners when cooking, making a mess. Only our cast iron skillets have high walls, so having a lighter weight skillet with high walls is a great addition to the kitchen, and now food stays in the pan as I cook and turn the food, and doesn’t go all over the range top.
Ceramic cookware can get hot during the cooking process on the stove top or in the oven, so it is convenient that Ceramcor includes a heat resistant silicone sleeve that goes over the handle, to prevent burns.
Why Use Ceramic Cookware?
With the push in our society today to live a more natural, healthy and chemical-free life, that trend has extended from just removing chemicals and toxins in the foods we eat to also eliminating toxic chemicals from the cookware we use to prepare the foods we feed our families; as these colorless and odorless toxins can leach into our foods and ultimately into our bodies with unknown long-term health effects.
If you have been wanting to get rid of your Teflon-coated non stick cookware and convert your kitchen and family to using the best green cookware that 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, then ceramic cookware, which is the only true naturally green cookware available on the market today, is the way to go.
Note, don’t confuse cheap ceramic coated cookware, available for $100 or less, which is synthetic ceramic-coated aluminum cookware, and contains toxic chemicals with real 100% ceramic cookware that is made primarily from clay and water, with minerals to improve strength and durability.
The best green cookware on the market hands down is Xtrema Cookware from Ceramcor.
Why Consider Using Xtrema Ceramic Cookware?
Ceramic cookware is the oldest known form of cookware, which dates back to the dawn of civilization. Unlike most non stick cookware sold today that uses potentially harmful toxic man-made materials, Xtrema Cookware from Ceramcor is a unique green eco-friendly ceramic cookware that is made predominantly with inorganic materials found naturally in the earth, such as clay and water.
It is mixed with other natural ingredients to make it sturdy, hard to chip, easy to clean and can withstand temperatures up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, though you will probably never need to cook food at such extreme temps that can melt metal cookware.
You may be wondering is Ceramcor ceramic cookware safe? Ceramic cookware is the real green cookware, made predominantly with two ingredients found naturally on earth – water and clay.
The shiny black glaze that helps to make Xtrema non stick is made from ceramic, so there is no risk of the non stick cookware leaching toxic chemicals into your food, and ultimately into your body.
Xtrema Ceramic Cookware is Cadmium, PFOA and PTFE Free
Xtrema Cookware is made of 100% all-natural materials found naturally on earth, including clay and water and it does not contain lead or any other harmful chemicals, such as cadmium, which was used in color pigments, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).
Unlike many types of non-stick cookware that contain potentially toxic materials, Xtrema ceramic cookware does not leach any heavy metals or harmful chemicals into your food during the cooking process, like Teflon-coated non stick cookware can, which can become liquefied at just 350 degrees.
For your safety all Xtrema from Ceramcor meets California Prop 65 standards, whether the product is sold online or in stores. Prop 65, passed in 1986, requires the State to maintain a list of toxic substances known to cause cancer. In the case of cookware, lead is the leading chemical violator.
How is Xtrema Ceramic Cookware made?
While most ceramic cookware is mass produced in a matter of hours and is actually metal cookware coated in a synthetic ceramic material, Xtrema is hand-made in a painstaking process developed by Ceramcor that takes nearly 20 days from start to finish and includes multiple quality inspections.
If you find “ceramic cookware”, with a shiny white cooking surface and metal handles and sells for $100, it is synthetic ceramic coated metal cookware. Below you will see the 18 day process to make 100% real ceramic cookware:
Is Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Safe?
Xtrema Ceramcor has their products tested on a yearly basis to ensure they are free of:
- Products are fully in compliance with USDA to ensure products are free of lead and cadmium
- Meets California Prop 65 standards for hazardous materials.
Xtrema Cookware Comes in Three Exciting Colors.
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What Cooking Surfaces will Xtrema Cookware work on?
- Glass top
- Induction (must use induction disk, available here, which is designed to fit on top of the induction burner and turns your Xtrema cookware into induction cookware, without the high cost of replacing your cookware).
How Well Does Xtrema 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 before use, and you are ready to go.
How Do You Sear Meat in Your Xtrema 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 Easy to Clean?
Cermacor says you can clean Xtrema Ceramic with a sponge and warm water, steel wool or brillo pads, that will damage most other cookware, but will not even scratch the baked on glaze on this sturdy ceramic cookware. These are a few benefits of ceramic cookware that may you decide if this is the green cookware for you.
You can wash ceramic cookware in a dishwasher, but hand washing is recommended.
My go to cleaner to remove stubborn hard to remove stains 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 Ceramic Cookware
- Allows you to use low to medium heat.
- Can be used 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.
- Xtrema can be put in the fridge or freezer.
- This durable cooking surface can never be scratched – Unlike cheap ceramic coated metal cookware, which can be easily scratched and damaged, especially when overheated.
- 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 to get used to cooking with ceramic cookware.
- Only sold online
Can Xtrema Cookware chip or break if it is dropped on to a hard surface?
Since Xtrema Cookware is made from natural ceramic materials found in the earth, and just like any other cookware product that is made from ceramic or glass materials, it can chip or break if dropped onto a hard surface or knocked around in the cupboard or dishwasher.
What Appliances Can You Cook with Xtrema Ceramic Cookware?
You will quickly find Xtrema Cookware is just as versatile for cooking as non stick, cast iron or even stainless steel cookware. Actually, ceramic cookware is more versatile, since it can be placed in a microwave oven. You can’t do with most cookware that is either made from metal, or has metal pieces, such as bottoms, handles or rivets.
- stove top
- in the oven
- under the broiler
- in the microwave
- on the grill
- in a microwave oven
- in a convection oven
- in the toaster oven
How Do You store Xtrema Cookware?
It is recommended to store your Xtrema pieces separately if space permits, since nesting pieces (stacking smaller pieces inside larger pieces) 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.
Can I use Metal Utensils with Xtrema Cookware?
You should only use nylon, wood or silicone tools when cooking with Xtrema cookware. Ceramic cookware is much harder than metal, so metal utensils will 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, to reduce shipping carbon footprint of this green cookware, Xtrema Cookware is shipped directly from the Cermacore distribution center in New Jersey to your door.
You can visit the Xtrema Ceramic Cookware Store here.