It is getting tougher to find good cookware options. It seems like many of the nonstick or easy clean options contain harmful chemicals or heavy metals, while the natural options lead to sticking and are hard to clean.
Several years ago, I got some Xtrema cookware as a Christmas present. I’d been trying to find good pots and pans after getting rid of my non-stick pans. I was frustrated with eggs sticking to cast iron and coated cast iron, and we only had one small stainless steel pan that didn’t stick terribly.
I was skeptical at first about Xtrema… It was all ceramic (not metal) and while beautiful, I doubted how well it would cook. I also wondered about the safety/durability of ceramic cookware, so I researched it. (I envisioned a mix between a ceramic tile and a clay pot) Turns out that when properly made, ceramic cookware was very durable and was a choice of some top chefs:
It took me a few days to adjust to cooking with Xtrema but I was really impressed with how well it cooked. Though it takes longer to heat up, I was able to cook on lower heat and without it sticking.
My favorite part is definitely how easy to clean Xtrema is. It is the only cookware I’ve ever found that encourages using steel wool, baking soda or any other abrasive cleaner. From their website:
“Clean Xtrema cookware just like you would metal cookware. You can use Baking Soda, Soft Scrub, Bon Ami, Comet and Ajax powered cleaners along with steel wool SOS and Brillo pads and heavy duty scrub sponges on the inside and outside of your Xtrema cookware. Do not worry; you cannot scratch the Xtrema cookware surface!”
- Very easy to clean
- Cooks on low heat
- No chemicals or heavy metals
- Dishwasher safe
- Oven safe
- Stove safe
- Fridge/freezer safe
- Won’t scratch
- Can break if dropped
- Takes slightly longer to heat up than regular metal cookware
I’m in the process of slowly switching out all of my cookware for Xtrema with the exception of a cast iron skillet and double boiler for making lotion bars. I did have one piece crack (a babysitter was letting the kids do dishes) but the non-scratch surfaces saves me so much time cleaning that I replaced the pan and have been more careful since then.
[NOTE: Xtrema provided me a sample of their cookware to review, but I had already used and loved their 10 inch skillet for several years. Xtrema has also extended a 10% discount for Wellness Mama readers. This page has more details on the discount.]
What kind of cookware do you use? Would you try ceramic? Share below!